Back by Popular Demand: Random Valley Front Yard of the Day

After several months of people saying, “Whatever happened to your frontyard stories? Those were so fun,” I’ve decided to reinstate them.

The Random Valley Front Yard of the Day is an examination in cultural anthropology, in sociological mapping, in group & individual psychology.
The Valley’s urban sprawl can be read as watermarks from specific cultural-time periods. As small-town centers grew outwards from their little city cores (dating from the founding of the first cities here to present), each outward ripple of the population has left its unique timestamp upon the landscape, overwriting the original chaparral first with adobe & agriculture, then brick, Victorian houses on the outskirts and industrial development near the city centers, then Highland Park & Pasadena’s bungalows, then the concentric rings of early housing developments–many in the Valleys and south LA county. These developments usually had three house models tops; sometimes they all looked alike. But as the years pass, the occupants individuate each home. Over time, identical postage-stamp properties look completely different. It’s how we build our little bits of the American Dream to mirror how we view that dream, and how we view ourselves.

Today’s homeowner, disembarking this home (as evinced by the for sale sign) for hopefully better waters, leaves a shipshape mid-fifties house behind–and a nautical theme that could only be taken further if the house were made to look like a boat. Good job, mate. Ahoy!

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11 thoughts on “Back by Popular Demand: Random Valley Front Yard of the Day”

  1. I love that house. That kind of stuff is EXACTLY I would never ever consider something with an HOA.
    Long live the unique buggers out there!

  2. Oh good God…is that like a Nautical Victorian theme? And what the hell is up with that light fixture out front? You know, if I lived in the Valley, I’d have to find an excuse to drive by that house everyday.

  3. Ha, that is great. I drive by there every once in a while. Forget the sub-prime mortgage disaster, imagine how much this house decreases its neighborhoods home values! Would you want to live next to that???

  4. Rich get’s my nomination for Grinch. A house is your home, you make it yours. I’d live next to it and be comfortable that it WOULD NOT decrease my value. It is nicely upkept. I love the personality of it all.

  5. Oh Lucinda…can you tell me if you’ve already done the house about 1.6 miles east of Burbank Rd. on Fallbrook Ave. in Woodland Hills? I saw the house today and I’m curious. It has several wells in teh front yard and two signs that say something like “Open. In the garage”.

  6. Fabooj, if I’m recalling the house of which you speak, they sell those little lawn tchotchkes, like wells and windmills and stuff–items that try to evoke “English cottage” and instead just evoke “geese in bonnets.” You know? Their lawn is always covered with for-sale items.

  7. Thanks! And yes, “geese in bonnets” is exactly what I thought of when I drove by. There’s another house on the other side of the street that had me scratching my head. Behind the wrought iron was a brand-new, perfect English cottage-inspired garden. The house facade had wooden shakes. When you drove by and caught sight of the side of the house, you realized that they just put wood shake siding up over that salmon stucco that encases the rest of the house and the garage.

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