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Random Valley Front Yard of the Day: 3.15.09

Found in the east Valley (gets hella bigger with a click):
random valley front yard of the day 3.15.09

I particularly enjoy the hard horizontal line of the edge of the roof, occasionally broken as an awning extends forward; the vibrant blue of the stucco; how the grey of the roof matches the windows in shadow; and, of course, the grid of thoughtfully-placed lawn ornaments, almost as though a tiny little cemetery had been built into the front yard & each grave marked by a fake Canada goose or potted plant.

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Random Valley Front Yard of the Day

In my ongoing series of Random Valley Front Yards, I’ve been trying to express to everyone who reads LA Metblogs the joy I find in looking at all the different houses in suburbia. While to many cruising the streets of the Sam Fernando Valley looking at house after house seems like one of the levels of Hell, I confess I am absolutely fascinated by the way in which tract homes, initially indistinguishable from one another, transform over time as homeowner after homeowner places their personal touch on their own little postage stamp of Los Angeles. rvfyotd022709

Because the age of the house plays a large role in how differentiated from its neighbors it becomes, I usually find the older sets of tract homes, many built between 1940 and 1960, to display the greatest variety. But sometimes the very design of the home — from “birth” — makes it unique.

On and around Hollywood Way in Burbank, a set of early tract homes built with rustic brick fireplaces and unusually slanted front windows has been partially erased by later developments. The exposed brick of the fireplaces serves a greater-than-utilitarian role in giving the house the appearance of a Hobbit-ish residence, and on almost all the homes an angled front window slants skyward slightly, creating what I’m sure is a nightmare for anyone trying to hang curtains on the inside…

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Random Valley Front Yard Returns: Son of Random Valley Front Yard

randomfrontyard.jpgYes, it’s true: I am attempting to get back on the bus I left idling a few months back. The bus of Random Valley Front Yards.

The point of the RVFY is to find a yard that’s aesthetically interesting (does not have to be appealing, just interesting) and analyze it like a work of art. I got a very-fun-and-totally-impractical degree in Art History and only use it maybe twice a year, and probably to win Jeopardy from the comfort of my couch while yelling at the tv screen. But with these RVFYs, I can break down & dissect the aesthetics of the average* Angeleno front yard. It’s fun for me, and I’ve gotten a lot of complaints that I stopped doing it, so I’m firin’ it back up.

Here is our RVFY for today. Click thru for a bigger image and the breakdown.

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