Stylish eco-friendly live/workspace in Highland Park

Described as “A case study in urban ecological architecture,” this dwelling in Highland Park is the perfect live/workspace.

The project is the vision of developer and listing agent Michael Tessler of Responsive Homes, who says, “this house embodies years of research into vernacular building for Los Angeles — design informed by the sun, wind and light of a site, utilizing building materials that are non-toxic, local, and durable.”

The vertical structure stands wrapped in 2″ thick cork panels, which functions as continuous insulation to help moderate temperature and sound from the busy street. Next to the garage is a workspace with a laundry area. Glass blocks placed in the terracotta patio above mimic skylights, allowing natural light to filter through the space.

Inside, neutral tones serve as the backdrop for stylish and environment-friendly materials. The two floors of the living space are anchored by exposed wood ceilings and clay plaster walls. The main level holds the living room, kitchen, and dining area with large bi-folding doors opening to the terracotta patio, allowing an indoor/outdoor flow.

“Natural and innovative materials are featured throughout. Terrazzo countertops are made with aggregates from the Los Angeles River, representing urban geology — every color of rock and glass; bits of mollusk shells, metal, brick, and other sands of the City. Flooring, doors, frames and vanities are made with fallen local trees, California Sycamore and Ash, rather than lumber removed from far-away forests. There are no petrochemical painted walls inside or out — light and shadow play on the trowel marks of the clay plaster interior, with lime plaster at street level and a traditional tadelakt finish in the primary bath.”

This brand new live/workspace located at 7100 N Figueroa St also has a flexible bedroom layout, allowing for flexibility of use as a one or two-bedroom. The asking is $1,099,000.

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