One of the things that we felt was different in LA and San Diego from what we are used to were the homes! Per our tour guide these are Spanish style bungalows. Further research on the topic reveled that these homes might be different takes on the Spanish Colonial Revival style, which took root in the US in the coastal cities of California. The main characteristics of these homes are stucco or smooth plaster walls, clay tiled roofs, curved archways, decorative iron trim, and courtyards. Though the style was popular in the 1915 – 1930 time period I think many of these homes might be reproductions.
All pics were taken while I was in the tour bus with an IPhone; you can even see the reflection of the glass in some of them. Have no idea of the neighborhood, think it is near or in Culver City.
Pay close attention to the landscaping too. That gigantic papyrus is killing me. How I wish I could grow it here all year long. For now got to be content with my dwarf papyrus in the water garden.
The style seemed to be still popular as even their new cookie cutters looked like these!
Because this style combines different elements of other architectural styles it is often called the Spanish Eclectic.
It was actually very refreshing to see homes in stucco vs. siding and brick for a change. This one especially was beautiful with a fenced in front yard n all.
Did you notice a lot of them have iron gates, which I’m assuming leads to courtyards?
Here is a salmon colored one. I somehow get the feeling that owners love color. 😉
Can’t see much of the house in this pic but you do spot the roof line, red roof tiles, stucco, archways, and the iron gate.
Another cute lil bungalow complete with a bougainvillea arch.
See that iron gate again?
You guys familiar with this style? Ever lived in one? From what I’ve read the interior usually has more charm and character than the exterior.