Coast Realty, a small local real estate office, operated out of a storefront on Venice Boulevard from the 1950s to the 1990s. After it closed, it sat untouched, with its shutters drawn, a kind of time capsule, gathering dust. A few years ago the owners of the building leased the space to a yoga studio, and most of the contents of the office went into a dumpster. Around 15,000 real estate listings, printed on individual 8 ½ by 11-inch sheets of paper, were rescued. Dating from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, each listing provides details about the property for sale, and a photograph depicting the site from the street. These real estate listings, along with some other artifacts, are now the Coast Realty Archive, housed at the Center for Land Use Interpretation.
Explore the Coast Realty Archive:
SELECTIONS FROM THE COAST REALTY ARCHIVE
RESIDENTS OF THE COAST REALTY ARCHIVE
More about Coast:
THE COAST REALTY ARCHIVE: A NEW LOOK AT OLD LOS ANGELES
COAST TO COAST: VENICE BOULEVARD THROUGH THE LENS OF THE COAST REALTY ARCHIVE