Teenage fashion model turned television actor Beau Garrett, perhaps best known for her co-starring role on Bravo’s former dramedy “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” has put her cute-as-a-button starter cottage in L.A.’s fashionably funky Echo Park up for grabs at $675,000. Located up a long flight of steps on one of the trendy and rapidly gentrifying East Side neighborhood’s charming and historic hillside stair streets, the itty-bitty boho cottage was acquired by Garrett almost 15 years ago for $466,000.
Built in 1914 on a pocket-sized parcel of less than 3,000 square feet, and unconventionally painted a deep and admirably audacious shade of orange, the pint-sized pad is all but invisible behind a secured fence fetchingly draped with prickly sprays of fuchsia bougainvillea. At just 516 square feet — barely bigger than a two-car garage, there isn’t much room to spread out in the cozy one-bedroom and one-bath bungalow. However, the most has been made of the unpretentiously picayune space that includes an enclosed entry porch that cleverly accommodates multiple functions: A built-in daybed does double-duty as a reading nook and a bed for overnight guests, while a slender floating wood shelf in front of a huge window makes for a sunny spot to do a bit of work and/or have a bite to eat.
The living room feels somewhat larger than it is thanks to a vaulted ceiling, oversized windows and French doors on either side of a fireplace that features a shabby-chic-y distressed wood mantelpiece and an organic river-rock raised hearth. Barely big enough to turn around, the separate and by-every-standard compact kitchen squeezes in a full-sized vintage range and an apartment-sized refrigerator.
Bantam but light-filled, the bedroom is tucked behind the kitchen with direct access to a simple bathroom jazzed up with eye-catching floor tiles, and a tiny windowed space between the bathroom and the living room serves as a walk-in closet and dressing area.
The French doors in the living room open to a stone dining terrace, a pass-through window in the kitchen allows for easy alfresco entertaining and an outdoor shower without any sort of privacy enclosure is enshrouded in lush tropical plantings, while the postage-stamp-sized property’s most pleasant and unexpected surprise might be a roomy, trellis-covered and breeze-licked deck that’s nicely shielded from neighboring homes by surrounding trees and that smartly extends the living space to the outdoors.
Garrett, who prior to the coronavirus pandemic co-starred in the two-person play “Saugerties” at the Hudson Theatre in L.A. and co-stars opposite Katherine Heigl in the upcoming Netflix series “Firefly Lane,” which premieres later this week, upgraded her residential circumstances about three years ago to a considerably larger but still modestly sized three-bedroom Spanish-style bungalow secreted down a tiny private lane in the historic Beachwood Canyon area that she scooped up for just over $1.5 million from comedy writer/director Jonathan Krisel, co-creator of the cult-favorite sketch comedy series “Portlandia” and the black comedy series “Baskets.”