A Classic Painted Lady Gets a New Look from a Historic Home Preservationist Howard Rudzki
3407 East Fourth Street in Boyle Heights is a lovingly restored classic “Painted Lady” Victorian, like the ones you would find in San Francisco. Originally built in 1895, this beautiful residence was refurbished by L.A. real estate preservationist and historic home buff, Howard Rudzki.
Rudzki has had a passion for historic houses for as long as he can remember. “Having a chance to preserve these iconic treasures of L.A. culture is why I love what I do,” Howard explains.
“My friends will tell you that I’m always trying to get people to notice and appreciate the many historic homes we have throughout L.A.”
And this Boyle Heights classic is truly one of a kind. The house offers a unique, yet very functional floor plan with a formal parlor area that opens onto a large wrap-around porch.
Boasting 12 foot high ceilings, wood doors and windows, antique and reproduction period lighting and rich refinished Douglas Fir floors throughout the two floors. Period-style antique bathrooms feature colorful tile work and mini-claw foot bath tubs and the classic-designed kitchen is anchored by a beautiful antique stove.
In the back of the house is an enclosed sun porch that could be used as additional bedrooms or as office space. One block walk to the metro gold line stop and easy bus access, this beautiful home is only an eight minute drive to downtown L.A.
“There is a lot of care and commitment that goes into maintaining this type of home and it isn’t for everyone. But if you love brightly painted houses, beautiful wooden details and wide shady porches, then you might want to consider buying a Victorian,” he adds.