Originally Posted by Illithid Dude
Too bad, you could have waited it out, then rode the current Hollywood wave all the way to the bank. By the way, the craftsman house turned out really really great. If only all other developers thought like you did, concerning aesthetics and such...
It was a really bad time in LA all the way around.....between 1992-95. You're lucky you missed it. During the uprising, I had to beg, borrow and steal to get security to give me extra guards for my buildings. I was running back and forth between buildings even during the curfew to make sure they weren't getting torched. BTW my partner and I had a new building under construction as well and she was watching that one with her husband. For the next two years, most nites, you heard gun shots throughout LA. People would run red lites and the cops would be sitting in their car and do nothing. Three times, I got caught in gun fights between cops and robbers.........twice in Los Feliz and once in Hollywood.........I had to duck down in my car.......I had a convertible......and drive blind. During the uprising, I got caught between rioters and burning buildings.....had to drive up onto the sidewalk to get away. Finally, my partner tried to screw me.......figuratively......and that was all she wrote. I knew it was time for me to leave LA.
Actually, I posted the wrong house.........I did do the Tustin House but it was one of my first houses and it wasn't one of my best. The one below is my second best house........its right next door to the Tustin House.........I wish I had a color photo to show you guys. It was a real cool house......some back story.........the house was badly deteriorated and the window box you see on the front had fallen off a decade before I got the house. When it fell, the little old lady up the street grabbed it in the hopst someone would come along and restore the house. When I bought the house, she gave me the window box and I had it replicated and put back up on the house: