Coveted Crib: Echo Park Modern

When a writer and an artist couple bought property in Los Angeles's happening Echo Park neighborhood, they wanted a home that would serve as an urban oasis in Los Angeles. Instead of constructing a home that jutted out from the Los Angeles hillside, they wanted something more discrete and comforting, and envisioned a home that nestled into the landscape.

After hiring architect Rachel Allen, they planned a home that would update the classic California ranch house, emphasizing indoor-outdoor living. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house is a modest size, at 1700 square feet, and features ample outdoor space, including a bridge entrance, an outdoor deck, and outdoor seating spaces. Eco features include the home's small size, sustainably harvested walnut flooring, a radiant heating systems, and low-flow toilets and shower heads. A recent LA Times article about the home fawned over the outdoor spaces:

The terraced property is a symphony of citrus trees, yucca, bougainvillea, pine trees, and eucalyptus. The couple added a rock garden, organic vegetable beds and native plants and wildflowers. A potting area with a fire pit is not far from where the couple were married. Cozy wooden sitting areas, hand built by previous owners who lived here for more than 60 years, remain throughout the backyard like rustic diner booths.

Finches, doves, woodpeckers, skunks, squirrels, and other animals add to the rural feeling. Goats and chickens will be next, says the couple, who are aspiring urban farmers.

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