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Echo Park Real Estate In 2015: Rent A Backyard RV For $850/Month

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We know housing is expensive and it's hard to afford up-and-coming, desirable neighborhoods like Echo Park, but we're not sure about paying $850 a month to live in a Winnebago motorhome sitting in someone's backyard.

A Craigslist ad posted over the weekend is offering a "unique rental": a Winnebago motorhome that's 215 square feet and advertised as a one bedroom, one bathroom. The $850 price tag seems a bit hefty to us, considering the home is on wheels, and it's located near Belmont Avenue and Rockwood Street, which is not even in the fun, bustling part of Echo Park. According to the ad, you can get all this:

This motorhome was set to be a guest house, but we decided to rent it out to a student or anyone who needs to be close to DTLA. It is situated in the back parking area of a beautiful, 3 unit Echo Park Apartment house. There are citrus trees all along one side, and the other (entrance side) has a few large potted trees along it. There is off-street parking available in the parking lot next door Mon-Fri for $50, and then street parking on Saturday & Sunday (very easy street parking). The unit has an LP furnace, Ducted A/C, full bathroom with a shower stall, a small bedroom with a queen sized bed, full kitchen, dinette, and linoleum/carpet combo. It's very nice inside, very well kept. Blue/Beige interior. All utilities and WiFi included. Washer & Dryer on site (laundry room attached to main triplex). Hot tub on site as well. Basement storage also available in addition to rental.

Okay...well, there is a hot tub at least! As for the view, you can look longingly at the beautiful apartment complex from the parking area. And you won't have to lug your laundry basket to the laundromat since they have a washer and dryer on site. Though, we probably would rather live in the creepy shack up for rent in Griffith Park—at least that one has some character!

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While you can live in motorhomes in trailer parks, and it's legal to live in your car on the streets of Los Angeles, we spoke to Juan Hernandez, a clerk typist at Housing Authority of City of Los Angeles, who told us you're not allowed to rent out an RV in the parking area of a home. It has to be in a trailer park, he says.

Well, there goes that dream. If you still want to live in Echo Park, as of September, one-bedroom apartments are averaging about $1,610 per month, according to real estate website Zumper. Good luck!