We’ve long said that “luxury” in Los Angeles is generally defined as $2 million and up. So when we spotted this modern architectural cottage set at the threshold of L.A.’s Griffith Park priced at a reasonable $1,460,000 with a reasonable three bedrooms and two baths on www.coldwellbankerpreviews.com, we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to take a closer look.

The first thing we noticed was the quaint ivy-covered facade and minimal box-like form from the street—giving the house a refreshing feel of vintage and modern.  “The long-time owners started with a 1920s-era garage/chauffer’s quarters and expanded it with the help of architect, Russell James Werth,” said listing agent Richard Stanley of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Los Feliz.  From Stanley’s view, Werth’s “light-filled, tree-top-level Great Room” is the home’s greatest strength (although there are many), with its tall pitched ceiling, fireplace and sense of openness from the living, dining, kitchen and breakfast areas.


Doesn’t it feel like you’re living among the trees? Serenity in the city…yes we’ll take it!

At the rear of the house, there are three bedrooms and two baths, all filled with natural light, vibrant color and most of them even have their own door leading to a patio overlooking the woods. (It’s enough nature to make you forget you even live in Los Angeles.) Surrounding and unifying the whole house are decks, patios and water-conserving gardens. Meandering footpaths lead uphill, through an owner’s private woodland filled with dappled light. All comprises 2,214 square feet of living space on a 12,625 square foot lot.


Of course, the term “luxury” is subjective…but with this home’s ample square footage, architectural inventiveness and abundant natural light, it will surely meet many homebuyers’ definitions. The best part though?  You get it all without the luxury price tag.


What do you think of this modern cottage in the trees? Is it for you?