Barbara Bestor-designed small lot home returns to market in Echo Park

“We tried to do as many Schindler-like Aha! moments as we could,” says architect Barbara Bestor of Blackbirds, a collection of 18 small lot homes in Echo Park.

Sited on a large view parcel, Bestor perfectly blends the dwellings with the early 20th-century craftsman homes of the neighborhood while giving a solid nod to modernism.

Clad in fiber-cement and standing-steam metal, the near black and white buildings are arranged around a “living street, also known as a woonerf, a central landscaped courtyard that serves a variety of uses.”

Homes range from two – three bedrooms like this larger architectural model offering 1,920 square feet of living space.

Inside, tall and expansive windows throughout take full advantage of views and light while maintaining a sense of privacy in the communal environment.

The main level opens to the living room, kitchen, and dining area with custom lighting, white oak flooring, custom cabinetry, a walk-in pantry, a half bath, and built-in bookshelves.

Upstairs you’ll find the primary suite, two additional bedrooms, a hall bath, an office nook, and a laundry area. While the lower level contains a two-car garage with an attached studio/office.

Mia Lehrer + Assoc. landscaped the grounds with Afghan pine and honey locust trees, Mexican elderberry, lavender, and feather grass that are also found in nearby Elysian Park.

All of this and you’re close to local eats like Pollen, Ostrich Farm, and Dinette makes Blackbirds a winner amongst modernists.

Listed for $1.349 million.

The living room of Barbara Bestor  Blackbirds small lot homes in Echo Park
The dining space with kitchen stools
Book shelf and a window
The bedroom offers a spacious and panoramic view of the outdoors
The staircase of the second floor
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