Downtown L.A. Home With Zombie-Movie Roots Is Anything but Scary for $7M


If you’re into urban-chic style, you’ll go crazy for this $7 million residence-gallery-event space property in the fast-beating heart of downtown Los Angeles.

It’s not exactly your stereotypical, lushly landscaped, luxury L.A. home, though.

In fact, the space is mostly surround by warehouses, parking lots, and rail yards.

But it does have that gritty, cool, industrial vibe that makes most downtown dwellers feel right at home. Plus, it’s adjacent to the trendy artist community known as the Brewery, which anchors the downtown L.A. arts scene.

Location in an industrial/arts center

Built in 1922, as an Edison power substation in the Lincoln Heights area, the building was completely updated and remodeled by RoTo Architects in the 1990s. Since then, it has been used as a home, an art gallery, and even a show-dog kennel (and occasionally all at the same time), according to the Los Angeles Times.

Movie locale

Before its gritty-glam makeover, the cinematic setting served as a movie location—mostly for horror and action films.

The building can be spotted in the zombie flick, “The Return of the Living Dead,” as well as in “Hellbent,” and “No Place to Hide,” starring Kris Kristofferson and Drew Barrymore.

Known as the Carlson-Reges Residence—named for the couple who hired famed architect Michael Rotondi to do the re-design— the property spans nearly half an acre. It includes a main building with an art studio, a gallery, second-floor great room with a very modern kitchen, and a penthouse suite.

The 9,180-square-foot home has three bedrooms and four baths.

Main-floor gallery

The main building is marked by distinct features, including 35-foot, lofted ceilings with exposed ducting and sturdy, steel beams.

Surfaces are made of industrial-quality iron, cement, and glass. And interiors are illuminated by a series of multistory, steel-framed windows.

Second-floor great room

Dining area


The living spaces are sleek and modern—especially the primary suite, which features a step-down wardrobe and dressing area; an office; and a covered gym deck, all with views of the L.A. skyline and San Gabriel Mountains.

Primary suite

The guest rooms are located throughout the main structure, and each has unique shapes, angles, and views.

Unique guest suite

The grounds include an adjoining studio and an elevated deck, which showcases a pool constructed from a repurposed oil-storage container.

The property also has a tropical courtyard, koi pond, and desert garden.

Pool constructed from a repurposed oil-storage container

Tropical courtyard with koi pond

The building has been on and off the market since 2018, at prices ranging from $6.86 million to $7.35 million.

This most recent listing has been active for about five months—unusual for an American Institute of Architects award-winning landmark.

The listing notes that the unique property comes “with potential to expand 48,000 square feet for commercial use or end-user development,” which would make it an ideal live-work space.

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