When you aim to set a new design bar in real estate development, you must bring your A-game. That’s precisely what he accomplished with these modern homes, named Habitat 6, in Los Feliz.
Perhaps the most essential step Elan Mordoch, a real estate developer and lover of modern architecture, could take in planning this small lot project was hiring the architect firm Rios Clementi Hale Studio (RCHS).
They’re known for generously using floor-to-ceiling and corner windows to turn ordinary structures into architectural gems. As their first endeavor in the small lot world, RCHS raised the design bar to new heights.
While the ordinance allows for packing homes on a lot like sardines, Mordoch decided less is more. There are six single-family homes, each oriented to allow for an outdoor patio and private yard space (some include built-in fire pits and concrete benches.)
The most recent home to hit the market in the community is Lot 6. This is one of two front-facing homes. It offers just over 1,900 square feet of living space spanning three stories.
The first level includes a flex space. You can convert the area to a bedroom or leave it open. There are floor-to-ceiling sliding glass Fleetwood doors that take you to the patio.
A flawlessly placed, picturesque, floor-to-ceiling corner window allows light to flood the open kitchen, dining, and living space. Another focal feature of this level is the custom built-in shelving and an open tread flight of stairs.
And to top it off, this architectural gem is just a quick jaunt to Griffith Park, Barnsdall, and my favorite sidewalk café on Vermont.