OWNING A CLASSIC CRAFTSMAN HOME IN NORTHEAST LOS ANGELES

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NELA home architectural styles vary widely Modern Art Deco Victorian Tudors and others.But perhaps the Craftsman residences get the most attention.

Craftsman homes are among the most sought after real estate in Northeast Los Angeles neighborhoods.

One of the many reasons why homes for sale in Pasadena Eagle Rock Hermon and elsewhere have become hot commodities is a renewed interest in so-called character homes.But Craftsman homes come in significant variations sizes and conditions  opening up opportunities for homebuyers in a range of prices.

The high value prices ranging from $400,000 on past $2 million being placed on Craftsman homes in NELA is an interesting turn of historical events.

These solid structures were originally designed for the advent of middle class home ownership in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Gone were the features of Victorian homes that included butlers quarters and kitchens only used by household staff.

Instead the family prepared their own meals while some features of kitchens blended with dining rooms which are why there are those built-in glass front cabinets for dishware that was previously stowed out of sight from formal dining rooms.

The characteristics of Craftsman homes range from low-pitched roofs to deep eaves exposed rafters usually with distinctive decorative knee braces dormers one- to one-and a-half stories large fireplaces often flanked by built-in cabinetry and double-hung windows.

Outside Craftsman bungalows had large porches that welcomed newcomers to the California lifestyle which offered a longer outdoor season for people arriving from the Northeast and Midwest.

Note that Bungalow and Crftsman style homes are often but not always- the same thing; Bungalows always have that front porch veranda if you prefer while Craftsman sometimes do not.If looking at homes for sale in Glassell Park Garvanza or Mt. Washington you might nerd out with your realtor by looking for the distinction..

A further distinction might be made between Craftsman homes designed by certain architects Greene & Greene built the trend-setting larger versions which drew from Spanish mission and Japanese aesthetics while Craftsman-style homes had a lower cost and were more modest in proportions and features.

Craftsman-style homes may have shipped by train in a kit Sears homes or been a much-replicated design used by 1920s developers who knew a popular style when they saw one.

What made Craftsmans so popular when first built is what makes them equally popular today.

These solid buildings have a relaxed style one that accommodates an easy flow between rooms and activities. Mothers and fathers making meals in the kitchen can take a break to help children with their homework while keeping an eye on something cooking on the stove.

Throw a party on the veranda but some guests might easily drift inside to admire the Arts & Crafts detailing of the cabinetry fireplace surround or wainscoting.

They are healthy unpretentious and sturdy anything standing today has withstood a century of seismic activity testimony to the sturdy craftsmanship of these Craftsman homes.

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