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Mansionization in Reynier Village

On March 1 the Los Angeles City Council approved new regulations, backed by Paul Koretz of Council District 5, to control the size of Mcmansions, large modern 2-story houses built on small lots, replacing quainter older homes in single-family neighborhoods. 8921 … Continue reading

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Outdoor rooms

We were so impressed by the landscaping of the outdoor spaces of a Reynier Village home now for sale that we asked the owners for some tips on how they accomplished this result, in case other neighbors wished to do … Continue reading

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Hardwood floors

The 1930s Spanish homes in our neighborhood used to have gorgeous hardwood floors.  Unfortunately, decades ago, many of them were covered up with carpeting. A couple of weeks ago, with the new year, I finally decided to remodel a spare … Continue reading

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Water saving tips

A couple of weeks ago I attended the last class of the Green Garden Academy, a free seminar series organized by the Office of Sustainability of the City of Santa Monica; the topic was “Showers to Flowers. Learn the proper … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

We want to thank all the neighbors who put up colorful lights and festive decorations. They bring warm holiday cheer to our Village. Best wishes to everyone and Happy New Year! Elisa Leonelli and Deni Mosser

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Wall insulation

Now it’s a good time to get that insulation project done, walls and attic, to keep your house warmer during the coming winter and save on your heating bill. The Gas Company is offering a rebate until December 31 of … Continue reading

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This old house new rose garden

We recently met new residents of  Reynier Village.  Huli and Raphael Sloane, a wife & husband of considerable artistic talent are transplants of Mar Vista. They brought with them 28 of their mature rose bushes and a large Bird of … Continue reading

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Front yard solutions

There’s such a variety of solutions that people have created for their front yards in Reynier Village. Many people have kept the traditional grass  lawns, but are becoming more aware of the necessity to save water during the state-wide drought … Continue reading

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Spanish homes colors

California architects of the 1930s were influenced by Spain, Italy and Greece, as well as by Mexican and Native American adobe, while creating the Spanish-Mediterranean style.  The most distinctive features are red tiled roofs, arched openings, carved wood doors, wrought  … Continue reading

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While walking through the neighborhood, an idea was born

While walking through Reynier Village with my neighbor, we were admiring the beautiful spring gardens and architectural details of the 1930’s homes. We were discussing what we could do for volunteer work and started talking about community gardens. One thing … Continue reading

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