Mar Vista Four
Los Angeles, CA
Mar Vista Four was developed under a Los Angeles ordinance which enables development of single family homes on small lots in multi-family zones as a smart growth alternative to urban sprawl. The three-level homes, comprised of four single-family homes – two facing east and two west, separated by 6-inch firewalls – share a common driveway for access to individual garages.
The homes were designed with primarily young working couples in mind and are 1500-1600 SF with a bedroom and bath on the ground floor, a kitchen, living/dining area and powder room on the second floor, and two bedrooms and bathrooms on the third floor.
Taking advantage of a front lot line with an 8-degree angle, the west façade steps forward with material changes — fiber cement panels to plaster to redwood. The redwood was reclaimed from a 100-year-old water pipe in Northern California.