In the December issue of Delicious Design, I shared with you my love for Carthay Circle, the half-square-mile mostly residential neighborhood between Pico and Wilshire and Fairfax and Crescent Heights. Dating back to the 1920s, the area is chock full of lovely homes and thankfully is a Los Angeles city-designated Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, which protects it from dreadful McMansions and other eyesores.
I pointed out some beautiful homes – a nice, eclectic mix of styles – and one eyesore. But I couldn’t get all the houses in to last month’s newsletter, so here are four more lovely structures.
House 1 – This elegant Colonial Revival is a little generic but I love it because I find it sweet. Unlike ghastly McMansions that can be found in other neighborhoods, this house has tasteful columns that are in scale. The front entrance is nicely done and the dormers add a touch of architectural interest. My only criticism is the stained-glass window – it just does not fit the house.
House 2 – This Hispano-Moorish home is simple and sweet. I particularly like the horseshoe entryway and the detail above the driveway gate.
House 3 – Brick Colonial Revival houses are not that common in Los Angeles, so it’s a nice example of the mix of styles found in our city. And this particular one is elegant, well proportioned and immaculately kept.
House 4 – This graceful Spanish Colonial is simple and refined, with its one story and good proportions. It’s a perfect example of a house that doesn’t need to be in your face.