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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Crapi Apartments, Los Angeles

Los Angeles is home to thousands of small apartment buildings like the one above. This building is located on Overland Avenue in the westside neighborhood of Palms. There is something unique, however, about this building that gives it an "only in L.A." feel.

The name.

No, it's not the Capri - as you'd expect.

It's the Crapi.

Not sure of any other way to pronouce it besides "crappy."

The Crapi Apartments. Huh.

Not sure what the owner (or builder) was thinking. The building doesn't look crappy.

The cars in front don't look crappy.

While Overland is a busy street, the neighborhood doesn't look crappy.

So what's with the name?

As a Christian, I'm reminded that throughout the Scriptures names weren't about simply sounding nice, they actually meant something.

And in some cases, an individuals' name was actually changed. Most notable:

Abram (exalted father) became Abraham (father of many)
Jacob (he deceives) became Israel (he struggles with God)
Simon (listening) became Peter (rock)
Saul (prayed for) became Paul (little)

Maybe it's time for the Crapi Apartments to get a new name. Just a suggestion.

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Located on the eastside of Overland Avenue, north of Palms Blvd, south of the Santa Monica Freeway.

© 2011



Anonymous said...

Z--pretty funny. As coincidence would have it, I lived just around the corner, maybe 200 feet away, on Keystone Avenue, as a young child. My father for decades owned two small apartment buildings that he bought around 1963. From the satellite photo, I can see the solar panels he put on the flat roofs of his buildings to heat the water, thanks to a Carter-era tax break, are still there. He didn't have a name, "crapi" or otherwise, for the buildings. Gene

Anonymous said...

what in the world? was the guy who put this up drunk, dyslexic, or maybe English just wasn't his first language.

And how many years has this been this? Classic.

Anonymous said...

It's called the Crapi apartments on purpose for fun. Because the owners have a sense of humor. Because it's funny and interesting. Why does everything funny and different need to be changed? I'd imagine God invented irony too, right?

Anonymous said...

The irony, perhaps, is that there are a lot of crappy apartments in L.A. - the Crapi is not one of them.

Obviously, the owners have a sense of humor! I wonder what their home looks like?

Think the tenants must have a sense of humor, too (you'd have to).

Anonymous said...

"why does everything funny and different need to be changed?"

- it doesn't

btw, nice blog

Antonio said...

there are definitely some crappy apartments (and slummy neighborhoods) in la la land. I agree that this ain't one of them. Meanwhile, it's pretty funny

Not_Very_Fancy_Nancy said...

I live in Palms and drive by this building almost daily, but I've always seen Capri. "They" say the brain only reads the first and last letters and length of the word and it doesn't really matter what the mid letters are. So even if the owners never change their apartment's name, many folks will continue to see Capri when they drive by! Here is an example of this: Airdoccng to a rsrechecah at Cadmrbige Ustvieriny, it deson't matetr in waht oedrr the lterets in a wrod are, the olny iemorptnt tinhg is that the fsrit and last letter msut be at the rgiht palce. The rest can be a ttoal mses and you can siltl read it wtuhoit ploberm. Tihs is bseauce the hmuan mnid does not read evrey letetr by itlsef, but the word as a wlhoe.
This is from:, where you can read the whole article.

David from L.A. said...

Tahkns, Nancy -

Glennis said...

Very funny, now I have to go find it myself!

In Seattle I used to drive by an apartment house called The Undre Arms.

ZliKiSm said...

I pass this place every day. I took a pic a few weeks ago, and have been meaning to post it on facebook and twitter since then. Finally got around to posting it on facebook about an hour ago, which is about an hour before someone I follow on twitter re-tweeted a link to this article. Timing is everything, I suppose.

Anonymous said...

ha ha

Anonymous said...

It's a type of fish geez

Anonymous said...

While Nancy's point is very interesting, I always immediately pick up on misspelled words. Her posting actually drives a person like me crazy! Nevertheless, very neat.

Anonymous said...

Google search gave me this for CRAPI:
plural form of "female goat" in Sicialian dialect.

Anonymous said...

Take a closer look...right around the corner on Woodbine is the CheeZee Apartments, owned by the same person with a swell sense of humor and great taste (the buildings very well painted and graphic design excellent)...They're the high point of that little neighborhood AND are right across the street from Scoops Westside (great ice cream and Intelligensia coffee) and the fabulous Western Smokehouse!

Anonymous said...

I grew up in this neighborhood - it definitely USED to be the CAPRI Apartments. I love that the new owners had the sense of humor to pay the sign man to actually make the letters flow together correctly. You can tell they didn't just switch the A and the R. This makes me laugh every time I drive by and I was delighted to find the CheeZee Apartments just around the corner! Did you notice that the CheeZee is managed by KRAFT? Ha ha, great local color in what has for eons been a pretty boring neighborhood.