-Breakfast nooks. Informal dining, this space doubles a play area.
-oak wood floors, all wood flooring originally stained dark
-Lath plaster walls
-First houses with electricity
– low bedroom to bath ratio 2 to 1 or 3 to 1 – no en-suit bathroom, hallway bathroom that everyone shares
-Small bedrooms and small closets, people used amours, the closet was a relatively new idea. Bedroom dimensions were 12 x 12 to 15 x15. The closets are extremely small by today’s standards, and certainly no walk-ins. I joke with clients sometimes that people who lived in the turn of the century must have only had 1 or two outfits and probably had to get them washed constantly.
-Lots of built ins, book cases and shelving – linen closets, china cabinets in living rooms, book cases.
– Floor-plans have direct entry into living room, instead of vestibule or foyer. Less formal entry than in the past.
The style preferences of America changed in the 1940’s with the introduction of the ranch house, and continued to evolve from the influence of mid century and modern architecture. Popular taste moved away from bungalows for many years. But bungalows are coming back. There is a group of vintage home buyers in Los Angeles buying and restoring these old bungalows. Vintage buyers love them for their intimacy, cheerfulness, and comfy-ness.
Not everybody feels the same way. There is a growing trend in Los Angeles right now to tear down these classic bungalows because the land value is so high and bungalows are underbuilt for the lot. Well-to-do home buyers want 4,000 sqft “Sugar Cube” modern homes. In recent years, HPOZ have been created in several historically significant neighborhoods in Los Angeles to protect these homes from demolition.
Bungalow Neighborhoods in LA:
-Jefferson Park (really bad shape! HPOZ)
-Carthay Circle (HPOZ)
–Melrose Hill (HPOZ)
-Greenacre neighborhood, West Hollywood
Miracle mile ( Olympic and w 8th street, la brae and Fairfax)
Miracle Mile North (HPOZ)
Spaulding Square (HPOZ)
-Studio Village, Culver City
-Adams Hills, Glendale
-Westwood, South of Santa Monica & North of Pico