Back in late June The Eastsider told the story of the Hernandez family, which was preparing to move out of Highland Park after the York Boulevard bungalow they had rented for 17 years was put up on the market. The sale of the 83-year-old, two-bedroom bungalow was completed on Monday for $405,000 or $60,000 above the asking price, according to Redfin.
Tina Hernandez, an L.A. Unified teacher whose family had lived in Highland Park for about 30 years, along with her sister and their 80-year-old father now all call Northridge home. Tina’s daughter moved to Texas. Hernandez, in an email to The Eastsider, provides more details about the move:
My daughter moved to Texas with her boyfriend and their pets (2 cats, 1 dog). I returned on 8/31 and spent the next 2 days cleaning the house and clearing the backyard of things that were left behind. My sister helped. That last day there, my sister and I walked through one last time. I lost it. Didn’t think I was, but I did. There are so MANY memories, good and bad that I will keep in my heart. My mom passed away while we were living in that house. However, we still have many happy memories.
My dad and sister are now in Northridge, which is closer to me. On the upside, I see them more often. On the downside, my old man is having trouble adjusting. He misses “his” porch and walking around in a familiar neighborhood. We still haven’t been able to convince him to go for walks in his new neighborhood. He’s still afraid he’ll get lost, frankly so am I.
I went by on Saturday morning to pick up my deposit … and then afterwards dropped by the house …. our old black mailbox has been taken off the entrance of the house, the mail slot on the door has been glued shut, the flowers my daughter planted are withering away, and there’s a lock box on the front door. Talk about closure, lol.
Hernandez, in a previous interview, said she harbored no anger or bitterness about having her family leave Highland Park behind. She said he hopes the new owners renovate the bungalow and don’t tear it down.