26 L.A. Home Tours to Satisfy All Your Classic Cali Needs

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All over the world, homeowners try and emulate the light and feel of Los Angeles. It's the kind of bright, sun-filled light that can only be refracted in a place that gets 300 plus days of perfect weather every year, rarely dipping below 60 degrees. Here are 26 examples of those lucky enough to have carved out a slice of that quintessential Cali sun for themselves — and the charming homes they've made to rise to the occasion.

1. Post-and-Beam Beauty

TAKE THE TOUR: This midcentury post-and-beam honors its extraordinary architectural history, and its incredible 180-degree views of lush gardens and the city below, against a stunning backdrop — the San Gabriel Mountains.

2. Warm Midcentury Silver Lake at its Finest

TAKE THE TOUR: Artist Maureen Meyer appreciates the patina of her warm, 1953 three-bedroom midcentury modern home with wonderful views of the Silver Lake Reservoir.

3. Quintessential Dreamy L.A. Loft

TAKE THE TOUR: Everything in this L.A. loft feels carefully considered — it's curated to a T, down to every iconic design piece (like that perfectly placed hanging Noguchi lamp).

4. Bungalow Love

TAKE THE TOUR: Meet the woman behind Create Dinners and see why her favorite place in her 100-year-old Pasadena home is at the dining table.

5. Mount Washington Wonderland

TAKE THE TOUR: See how a writer and a musician created the most charming Airbnb in Mount Washington (with the most epic views to match).

6. Modern Spanish Style at its Best

TAKE THE TOUR: Never would we ever guess that an over-saturated, rich palette could go so well in a 1920s Spanish-style Los Feliz apartment.

7. Eclectic 1940s Glam

TAKE THE TOUR: This California classic 1940s-era apartment in Beverly Hills is a maximalist's dream with its eclectic mix of collectibles, antiques, and art — all with personal connections to its artistic L.A. homeowners.

8. Walkable Venice

TAKE THE TOUR: Two architects get a chance to act as their own clients to build a dream Scandi-inspired property on one of Venice's pedestrian-only "walk streets."

9. Curved Walls, Neutral Palette

TAKE THE TOUR: Curved walls and concrete floors are just two of many details that make this midcentury Glendale home a must-see.

10. Global Sensibilities

TAKE THE TOUR: A young fashion designer celebrates her nomadic childhood in her 1930s-era Echo Park home with an eclectic, global sensibility.

11. A Barn to Call Home

TAKE THE TOUR: These homeowners managed to build a barn in their backyard, 20 feet behind their 1921 Colonial house, smack-dab in the middle of a strict historic preservation zone.

12. Hollywood Hills Hideaway

TAKE THE TOUR: This Hollywood Hills hideaway is a perfect case study in decorating with rich jewel tones, adding a hint of glam.

13. Bold Brentwood Stunner

TAKE THE TOUR: A Los Angeles designer built her bright, airy, and bold family home in Brentwood around a stunning Japanese elm tree.

14. Topanga Canyon Love Nest

TAKE THE TOUR: This Topanga Canyon home had enough power and good energy to bring two people together, "It's a character in our life story."

15. Suburban Bungalow to Sleek Farmhouse

TAKE THE TOUR: See how this nondescript, ho-hum bungalow in suburban Culver City becomes a sleek modern farmhouse.

16. Silver Lake Cottage With a Past

TAKE THE TOUR: Here's an intimate visit inside Greta Garbo's former "Dressing House," a quaint 1925 cottage in Silver Lake near the original Disney studio.

17. Personal Reflection in the Hills

TAKE THE TOUR: A bachelor pad in the Hollywood Hills now better reflects its owner, who hired an interior designer to help convey the story of who he is as a creative person.

18. Bare Necessities in Echo Park

TAKE THE TOUR: "Because we moved so much the last few years, our furniture and belongings were really paired down to things we loved and felt were important," said owner slash ceramicist Kelley Burnett of her minimalist decor.

19. Pattern Play

TAKE THE TOUR: This historic westside bungalow takes pattern play to all-new levels, especially in the bedroom — with bright bedding from Anthropologie and a black-and-gray Crate and Barrel rug for balance.

20. Santa Monica Cool

TAKE THE TOUR: The owner was excited at the chance to mix her own style with the original midcentury modern architecture — the end result is cool, collected, and hits the sweet spot between past and present.

21. California Bohemian

TAKE THE TOUR: The original stone fireplace was the starting off point for the design inspiration of this Ladera Heights house, according to its interior designer slash owner.

22. Quaint, Minimalist Studio

TAKE THE TOUR: Here's an L.A. photographer's quaint bohemian-minimalist 1920s-era studio apartment in Los Feliz.

23. Quiet Luxury in Old Hollywood

TAKE THE TOUR: This 1920s-era home perfectly pairs modern design with quiet, old Hollywood glamour.

24. Cozy Hollywood Cottage

TAKE THE TOUR: This cozy 1920s-era pool house, nestled right under the Hollywood sign, was originally built by director Frank Tuttle as a dance studio for his Russian ballerina wife.

25. Silver Lake Getaway

TAKE THE TOUR: This 1913 Craftsman home's converted garage became Silver Lake's coolest Airbnb.

26. Bright Venice Bungalow

TAKE THE TOUR: See how this couple gave their sunny Venice bungalow the illusion of more space (spoiler: they knocked down walls, opened up ceilings, and had to carve out larger windows but it was all worth it).


Lauren McQuade is a writer, editor based in Los Angeles.

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