Echo Park midcentury, small in size but big on style

Nestled in an almost hidden enclave of Echo Park is this mid-century that’s small in size but big in style.

According to Graham Hill, the man behind LifeEdited, “we’ve essentially become …America the big: big trucks, big cars, big houses.” And, even though we live in almost three times the space than we did back in the 50s, our tendency to consume led to a lifestyle filled with more stuff but lacking joy. His solution echoes a modernist ethos that less equals more.

The living room with a guitar and TV and cabinet
The dining area and wooden floor and view of side yard space
The dining space and side yard

In a quest to live a life filled with more happiness instead of stuff, it’s no wonder why many of us, like Hill, are discovering the benefits of living in smaller spaces.

When the current owners purchased this modern home sited on a compact lot, it measured a mere 495 square feet. They completed an addition in 2016-17 that stayed true to the home’s midcentury modern vibe to give them a tad more space.

Now measuring 921 square feet, the interior maintains its open-living concept with original details – including vaulted ceilings and jalousie windows – and extends into the small backyard with sitting areas and raised gardens.

The kitchen room and chimney and fridge
The bedroom and sliding glass door
The backyard and a sitting place

Eye-catching details include powder blue cabinetry with stylish brass hardware, stone counters, subway tile, and stainless appliances in the kitchen. The primary bedroom has a private bath with a vintage dual vanity and Herringbone marbled floors. There’s also a second bedroom and bathroom, wide plank flooring, outdoor storage, laundry closets, a two-car covered carport, and a privacy fence that completes the home.

If Hill is right about the benefits of living small, you’ll feel ecstatic living here. Listed by Joshua Gaunya, the home is located at 1840 Lobdell Pl and seeks $829,000.

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