Los Angeles, California

This new home in the Mar Vista neighborhood of L.A. harnesses all the advantages that living within three miles of the beach has to offer. At just 2,500 square feet, the design manages to include two upper floor terraces, double height ceilings, multiple skylights and strategically placed 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.