The median home price in Greater Los Angeles was up by 14 percent in March from one year earlier. Homes are selling faster than they were one year ago, and almost half of homes sold in March commanded premiums.Main Takeaways:Sales of affordable homes in Los Angeles further declined in March from...
“Bungalow: A simple one-story home with wooden siding; a low-pitched, gabled roof; wide eaves; a front porch; and an airy interior.”
Over a century after the bungalow first appeared in the fledgling neighborhoods of Los Angeles and Pasadena, it’s a major star of historic architecture in LA. But of all the places in the country, why did it spread here first? Quite simply, it was the right house at the right time.
The dawn of the 1900s brought a boom in the local middle class — and a growing move from city apartments to new suburbs. People needed houses fast, and builders soon found the perfect solution. One writer described it as “a small, single-family, simple but artistic dwelling; inexpensive, easily built, yet attractive to the new middle-class buyer.” No one imagined this new arrival called the “bungalow” would become the most popular house style the country had ever seen.
Inspired by the thatch-roofed huts of Bengal, India, the bungalow’s deep eaves, porches, patios and rambling interior were ideal for the LA climate. The home quickly took on a California personality, eventually coming in a wide range of styles, from Mission and Tudor to Cape Cod and Swiss Chalet. The rising popularity of the Arts & Crafts movement further enhanced its appeal; it paralleled the bungalow’s emphasis on simplicity, harmony with nature and craftsmanship. A great example is this exquisitely restored gem at 1521 N. Sierra Bonita Avenue, just listed at $1,629,000 by Bill Lustig and Wendy Kneedler of our Sunset Strip office. A stunner inside and out, this Japanese-Swiss influenced airplane bungalow anchors Sunset Square's Craftsman Row.
By the ‘20s, a Bungalow Boom was in full swing, emanating from the Pasadena neighborhood now called Bungalow Heaven and spreading across California and the nation. Eventually, ready-to-build bungalow kits could be ordered from Sears. By the end of the decade, the spectrum of local examples ranged from Greene & Greene’s grand 1908 Gamble House to mini editions set around central courtyards.
The area’s unprecedented suburban growth kept the bungalow’s popularity strong through the late ‘20s; then its star began to fade. At the end of World War II, faced with a sharp new demand for affordable family housing, many developers chose to raze bungalow neighborhoods in favor of cheap, mass-produced tract houses and apartments.
In the late 1980s, renewed interest in the Arts & Crafts movement led to a fresh appreciation for the comfort, warmth and simplicity of bungalow architecture. Today the renaissance is complete, and our local treasure trove of bungalows, now among the most famous examples in the country, is sought after and treasured by a passionate new generation of fans.
Set on nearly an acre on a quiet cul-de-sac off Willow Glen, the property at 2617 Harlesden Court is minutes from the Sunset Strip, yet worlds away. Trails and rustic railroad tie steps meander through the Zen-like landscape, leading from the lush tropical pool to a bocce court with peaceful...
Classically elegant and exquisitely cared for, DeGarmo House is a gem amid one of LA’s most lavish enclaves.Inspired by an Italian villa, the estate was designed in 1926 by architectural designer George Barber. A curved drive sweeps guests to the arched front entry, topped by a Juliet...