Rental homes, artist studios, weirdly named pocket parks … Top 10 Hate List of Southern California

By Cara Greer, CNN • Updated 28th November 2011

From modern luxury and hidden gems to trendy craft bars and family homes, over 10,000 real estate listings currently on the Zillow map of Southern California point to a number of every person’s dream homes.

But there are also more than a few cool places to dislike. Check out the first round of Zillow’s list of “Home Pickles,” a collection of neighborhoods for all the doubters out there.

The top 10 lists all feature rental homes, apartment buildings, condominiums and town homes. They were inspired by discussion forums for the site’s design junkies.

If you spot more than one home that puts you in the mood to hate, suggest them for next year’s top picks in the comments section.

Top 10 Hate List of Southern California

1. 810 East Encino, Encino

LA Editor Nicole Tichon was stunned to learn that not all of the Encino neighborhood is so swank. In a post to the Understood and Underestimated blog, Tichon said the subject of this visit was a rental for approximately $1,900 a month.

“This place is an utter disarray,” she wrote. “There is no open trash, at least not in the way someone would think. Trash is wrapped up in Dumpsters, in cardboard boxes, in bags, in a less-than-sparkling heap.”

The current owner, Tichon noted, is responsible for removing the garbage, recycling and sorting the green and brown boxes. He is also licensed to haul away and dispose of organic waste.

2. 3450 N. Tyler St., Anaheim

This entry shares the working misconception that in Anaheim, a celebrity home is a walk-up apartment (just one of the posts to get buzzed about on Gawker). In this case, it’s the converted garage at a 10-unit condo building in a low-rent area in the city.

Gawker posts: “I toured this former garage and no one really cares about the $1,200 monthly maintenance fee. If you were living in it, you’d probably have a hard time changing the locks, or not worry about having to constantly lock the door to your car to be sure you don’t get burglarized.”

3. 396 W. El Paso St., Fullerton

This walk-up condo unit is evidently too small to be a studio, but too big to be called an apartment, and therefore not included on the main neighborhood list.

The Fullerton resident who found this home blog post and the link to the listing puts this case in perspective.

“The LA Quarter in downtown is an epicenter for music, design, fashion, local food and locally sourced produce, as well as our urban economy. Yet here is a residential property that is occupied by a small group of New Yorkers and getting used as a Halloween party space,” the post says.

“Owners have plenty of mirrors, and they’ve re-painted the carpet multiple times, but the sheer number of colors and patterns of wallpaper make it a bit messy at the bottom of the stairs and nothing like the existing home,” the post says.

4. 191 W. 54th St., Culver City

The finding about this one-bedroom condo is so awkward that it fills an entire post: “If you’re like most of the vast population of Culver City,” it reads, “you probably don’t know a thing about this place.”

On the street, the address is mocked as being at least a block west of Griffith Park Drive, has a view of a Taco Bell parking lot and, because it is actually a single-family home and is not a rental, cannot be bought by someone with a creative vision.

5. 272 W. 4th St., Los Angeles

A word of caution: “If you’re buying a house to love it, you might be in over your head,” according to one of the posts.

The information about this one-bedroom house comes from an annual lottery sale created by the developers, designed to generate interest. Unfortunately, they found that nearly 70% of potential buyers who put bids withdrew them.

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