3946 Randolph Ave., El Sereno

2 bedroom • 1 bath • 1,204 sq ft(per owner) • 22,588 sq ft(1/2 acre - 3 lots)

$649,000                       SOLD: $638,000

Hiking boots or SUV vehicle required to experience this secluded urban ranch property. A rare opportunity to buy an inconspicuous ranch in the heart of the city 10 minutes drive from Downtown Los Angeles. This is self-sufficient living at its best. Located atop a private hill neighboring the recently protected 20 acre El Sereno open space and hiking trails known as Elephant Hill. The three parcels total a half acre. Simple pleasures include a galley kitchen, a fully functioning wood burning fireplace and downtown views to write home about. Only one neighbor to the east, the property currently hosts 5 goats, chickens and aquaponics(fish). All compliant with the Los Angeles ordinance for domestic livestock. Tons of potential to keep horses, future orchard, and enhanced gray water systems and rainwater capture. MLS# 15-948877

Showings: Viewings are to be arranged by appointment only as access is off of a non-improved city paper street. Amazing views in almost every direction. 

Los Angeles Chicken Ordinance:

  • Minimum lot 17,500 sq.ft.

  • Domestic livestock shall not exceed 1 horse or cow per 4,000 sq. ft.

  • Used for personal use only.

  • Coop restrictions are 25 ft. from main dwelling and 35 ft. from other dwellings.

  • Sanitation and noise restrictions apply.  

When we found this property in 2005 we couldn’t believe a space like this still existed in Los Angeles. Permitted for livestock on over a half acre adjacent to an 80 acre set of open hills with 360 degree views of the ocean, mountains and downtown, the land itself was unlike anything we’d seen.

We purchased the property from the gentleman who grew up here and he explained the unique architecture and building materials. The house is clad from top to bottom inside and out with tongue and groove fir 2x4s up-cycled from Southern Pacific Railroad cars.

The home had been neglected for decades but in time we were able to bring it back to it’s original charming state taking great care to preserve it’s unique history. The house was designed with 5 load bearing walls and a roof that dips to a V for complete water catchment. Gray water is captured and recycled in gardens per the original 1952 design, far ahead of it’s time.

We’ve had the best 10 years of our lives here and know that the next owners will create many more memories in this special one of a kind environment.
— RT and Jackie, present owners

Urban Hillsides Real Estate


Keller Williams Los Feliz
1660 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
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