Los Angeles, California

This new home in the Mar Vista neighborhood of LA’s west-side harnesses all the advantages that living within three miles of the beach has to offer. At a fairly modest 2,500 square feet, the home manages to include two upper floor terraces, double height ceilings, and multiple skylights and windows that pull sunlight deep into the structure. A mature avocado tree plays an important role in the home’s design, as the kitchen and living rooms wrap around it, providing a favorite place for adults to lounge and kids to play.