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  • Reply Pepperreed May 26, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    ‘Zero’scaped, indeed! Adorable house but all that rock is just UGH. I know that turf isn’t feasible, but all that gravel will just reflect the heat.

  • Reply MICHELLE HUOT May 26, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Nicely executed

  • Reply Trevor May 26, 2016 at 8:16 pm


  • Reply Wehaf May 26, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    The proper term is “xeriscaped” from the Greek root “xer” or “xeric” referring to dry environments.

  • Reply Guest May 27, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I wonder what was the cost to build ?

  • Reply kathy May 27, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    While I love this house, too much concrete & gravel around it, the house is just a little sterile to me, also the back is a landslide looking to happen!

  • Reply Rich Grabowski May 28, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Hi Steve: This is a good example of what can be accomplished in “quaint” living spaces. A little forethought and space planning and you end up with a charming space. I do agree with the comment about “all that gravel” I am sure maintenance is relatively low, though. What has been done to improve energy efficiency of this house? Has the space been designed to include energy efficient building materials? Thanks, Rich

  • Reply Mary Knoblauch May 30, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I really like this house, and no maintenance yard is great. And if you want paint the rock GREEN and it will absorb the heat instead of reflecting it. I’d live in it in a minute not much to clean!

  • Reply Annette May 31, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Love the house – really pretty. The ubiquitous gravel however, while well-intentioned so as to preserve the precious water resources of the region, is a heat sink of dubious attractiveness.

  • Reply Linda D. May 31, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Native plants might have been used to great effect here. I suspect the gravel and siting, however, will make the heat unbearable. And while this is for a pice of L.A., half a million still seems a bit steep.

  • Reply Seth May 31, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    This is what I need and what I want…for about $400k less. Loving most everything about this house inside and out. To better suit my taste and needs, I would switch the location of the stove and sink, and add a nice big window over the sink. I don’t like sinks that face a wall. The new location of the stove would provide more counter space left and right. I’d add cabinetry where the shelves are located. I’d also pick some light fixtures that are more to my taste, and a different bathroom vanity and medicine cabinet. A bit too stark for my taste. Overall though, a beautiful little house!

    • Reply Lisa E. June 1, 2016 at 1:08 am

      LOL, Seth… $440K less! Exactly.
      And let’s have affordable property taxes, too.

  • Reply Trish Jordain June 6, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    I missed where the price was listed, but in all I agree with the comments about the gravel.

    I think we should go back to when settlers were claiming property, land, and not having to buy it as we do today. Of course there were not any where near as many people as there are now.

    Well, one can dream, right?

    We could also use buying land for like $26 dollars like the americans paid the indians for manhattan…

  • Reply Meredith Blaney June 12, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    love this little house! any plans available?

  • Reply Alycia Wittler June 15, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    love this home , what is the square footage?

  • Reply LBD June 23, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    The kitchen contains one of my pet peeves–why not get a refrigerator with the handles on the other side? It makes ni sense to open the refrigerator on the left, then reach around to the counter on the right!

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