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Real Estate & Architecture in Los Angeles

2006 Lake Shore Avenue In Echo Park

There are not many pictures available of this eco-friendly California bungalow, but I saw it in person today and I loved it! Originally built in 1922, it’s located on a 10,000 square foot, county-certified farm and Certified Wildlife Habitat and includes updated “green” features, like a tankless water heater and appliances that conserve energy while reducing utilities.

Eastside Eco-Tour

The Eastside Eco-Tour, sponsored by the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council and Farm Feliz is a tour of Los Angeles area homes that feature sustainable elements and green projects. The tour is open house style, and you will get to check out the latest in gray water systems, solar power, passive cooling, composting, organic vegetable gardens, bee keeping, a modern chicken coop, and even a green wedding! You can meet with the home owners and talk about their experiences with sustainable living and green projects.

3795 Valleybrink Road In Atwater Village

This beautiful Spanish villa is in a great Atwater Village location and represents the very latest in green home design. It is expecting green certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The property features a gorgeous kitchen, original fireplace, unique bathrooms, beamed ceilings, LED lighting, and hardwood floors throughout. There are three bedrooms, office or bonus room, and front and back decks for true Los Angeles outdoor living.

2746 Auburn Street In Silver Lake

This stunning environmentally sensitive home is located in the heart of Silver Lake. The 2,114 square foot modern home features 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and provides a solar power system to help eliminate your power bill! The house also offers a 2-car attached garage with direct access, floor to ceiling windows, panoramic hillside to city views, as well as an open floor plan with expansive living room, dining room, and den areas.

Interview With Kristin Kilmer Design

Kristin Kilmer of Kristin Kilmer Design, Inc. has been the interior designer of some of the most architecturally significant homes in Los Angeles, including John Lautner’s Wolff House and Stevens House, R.M. Schindler’s How House, and Ray Kappe’s Canna Road House. Kilmer combines the theories and practices of the mid-century masters with the current materials of today to create her “Eco Modern Luxury” approach to design. Her company uses the fundamental green values, demonstrating that design can be both sustainable and luxurious. Kilmer took a few moments out of her busy schedule to talk to Take Sunset about how she started working with mid-century masterpieces, how she gets into the mind of Schindler and Lautner, and what she’s doing in Grey’s Anatomy’s Sara Ramirez’s bathroom in Echo Park…

Terrariums!

I’ve always been strangely fascinated by terrariums. And the tiny moss and glass worlds are popping up everywhere lately. Just a few days ago, the New York Times even declared, “Terrariums Make a Comeback”, as if they’re the hot new fashion statement for summer…

Woolly Pocket: The Good Life Grows in Pockets

Rob and I are getting hitched in a scarily soon amount of time (invitations are coming, we swear) at Marvimon in Los Angeles, owned by Miguel Nelson who also owns Woolly Pocket, a company that makes flexible, breathable, modular gardening containers. Woolly Pockets comes in two styles: ones for horizontal surfaces and others to be hung on walls for vertical gardening. They can be used indoors and outdoors and have built-in moisture barriers to help protect furniture, but are durable enough to holdup outside. They’re perfect for LA where we often have space to garden, but no land to garden in…

1005 North Signal Street In Ojai

For just $3.495 million, you too can own a piece of paradise! Casa Verde is an environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art, five bedroom home in Ojai. Built in 2008, this Spanish Revival-type house sits on two gorgeous acres with spectacular views of the Topa Topas and the valley.The home’s dramatic roof line protects against the heat and sun, yet utilizes their energy to supply radiant heat…

4075 Los Nietos Dr In Los Feliz

4075 Los Nietos Dr Los Angeles, CA 90027 5 BR, 4 BA $1,379,000 This is a really interesting new listing in the Los Feliz hills. I’d actually love to speak to the owners and find out more about the materials they used, but the listing says it’s perfect for anyone looking for a “green home”. … Continued

LA Garden Show

One of the best parts about living in Los Angeles is seeing all the gorgeous plant life. And a major part of my home ownership day dream is imagining my future garden… What flowers, cactus, and succulents would I plant? I can spend hours mapping it out. A great place to turn that dream into … Continued