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A Darling Craftsman in L.A.

A Darling Craftsman in L.A.

The charming 1910 home boasts a sage-green exterior and a sustainably landscaped yard that supports the local ecologies of butterflies and bees.

A renovated Craftsman that dates back to the early 1900s rests on a quiet corner lot in northeast Los Angeles’s Highland Park neighborhood. Among its many alluring features is the thriving, multifunctional garden that encompasses the two-bedroom home.



The residence draws instant curb appeal with its vibrant red front door. The warm welcome is extended by the covered porch overlooking the lawn-an idyllic setting to sip morning coffee.

After purchasing the residence in 2017, the current owners partnered with local landscape architect Vanessa Espinoza to create a sustainably landscaped yard with a climate-friendly irrigation system that sustains butterflies, birds, and bees in the area. "The yard features a swale that was purposefully designed to function as a natural, in-ground gutter," says one of the homeowners. "When rain races off the roof, the water is then stored [in the swale] to nourish the more than 100 plants that surround the home."



Refinished hardwoods line the floors and contrast with the surrounding white walls and ceilings.

The 1,230-square-foot dwelling presents a calming oasis filled with spacious living areas that are connected by an open floor plan. Restored heritage elements dot the residence, including beamed ceilings, built-ins, and casement windows that shower the interiors with warm sunlight.



Another view of the primary living area showcases the home’s free-flowing layout, as well as the original wainscoting and casement windows that frame the main entrance.

Steps away from the living and dining areas, the remodeled kitchen features butcher-block countertops that span the back wall of the room. All-new stainless-steel appliances complete the space.



The painted brick fireplace that anchors the living room now serves as clever storage space.

The home’s two bedrooms both feature large closets with open shelving. Outside, a detached studio can easily be used as an office, home gym, or guest suite.



"The corner lot has amazing southern exposure, which floods the home with morning light and tends to our landscaped yard in the afternoon," says one of the homeowners.



The renovated kitchen includes a large farmhouse sink and a laundry cabinet.

"In addition to being surrounded by creative, caring neighbors, this Highland Park home affords close proximity to a public library and playground," says one of the homeowners. "The Gold Line metro stop is just a couple blocks away, [as is] the popular Figueroa Street." Scroll ahead to see more of the 1910 Craftsman home, which is now listed for $849,000.



Hardwood floors continue into both of the home’s two bedrooms.



The primary bedroom comes with a custom walk-in closet that reveals a handy desk area.



A fence wraps around the 2,501-square-foot corner lot to create a greater sense of privacy.



While the detached studio is currently set up as a workshop, it can easily be converted into a home office, gym, or tiny guesthouse.



The floor plan for 5927 Piedmont Avenue in Los Angeles’s Highland Park neighborhood.

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