Weird Houses of LA: A Series


Discovering a truly weird house is like traveling to another world. And Los Angeles, dear readers, is full of different worlds.

There are few things Adam and I love to do more than tool around and gawk at houses. In fact, we looked at 43 homes before committing to our present, beloved cottage of 10 years in the LA neighborhood of Studio City.  

Since then, we’ve found ourselves ogling homes in some pretty far-flung places.  Here in LA, though, we largely do it in-between trips, to soothe our wanderlust.  

Over the last 15 years we’ve found some real gems in our local wanderings. Not the stuff of swanky coffee table books, maybe, but then Taschen has L.A. well-covered; this town is littered with houses designed by Gehry, Neutra, Schindler, Eames, Lautner, Niemeyer and more.

In contrast, what we like are really weird houses that few people seem to know about. We’re talking odd, wacky, wild, and unique. Our favorites run the gamut from exciting to borderline hideous to possibly not all that fun to live in.

As I go along in this series, I urge you to share your own favorite weird houses, whether they be in LA or your own hometown…or the far side of the Earth.  

Need some inspiration?  Check out this photo round-up of weird houses around the world.

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