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Thanks to Los Angeles’s Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, the developers of Auburn 7 were able to maximize their property’s potential. With a host of sustainable features, including solar power and a community garden, these row house–like homes provide new models for the ever-expanding metropolis.

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  Auburn 7 developer and resident Michael Kyle hangs with his dog Moxy in the front yard of the unit owned by his codeveloper Todd Wexman; he is joined by residents Francisco, Camille, and young Sophia Apple Owens.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    Auburn 7 developer and resident Michael Kyle hangs with his dog Moxy in the front yard of the unit owned by his codeveloper Todd Wexman; he is joined by residents Francisco, Camille, and young Sophia Apple Owens.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Residents have leased and transformed adjacent vacant land owned by the Department of Water and Power into a community garden.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    Residents have leased and transformed adjacent vacant land owned by the Department of Water and Power into a community garden.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  All but one homeowner at Auburn chose to install solar panels supplied by Buel Solar on the “solar-ready” roofs.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    All but one homeowner at Auburn chose to install solar panels supplied by Buel Solar on the “solar-ready” roofs.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Unlike many Los Angeles homeowners, Auburn 7 residents share a driveway.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    Unlike many Los Angeles homeowners, Auburn 7 residents share a driveway.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  An Eames Aluminum Group chair for Herman Miller and bamboo shelving system are featured in the office Camille Owens and architect husband Francisco created within their living-dining space.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    An Eames Aluminum Group chair for Herman Miller and bamboo shelving system are featured in the office Camille Owens and architect husband Francisco created within their living-dining space.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Just outside their home, residents get to track net energy usage on the solar power meter.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    Just outside their home, residents get to track net energy usage on the solar power meter.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  An Ikea rug and Deep Sectional sofa from Room Service set the scene in the Owens household.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    An Ikea rug and Deep Sectional sofa from Room Service set the scene in the Owens household.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The Owenses’ home features offerings from Design Within Reach.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    The Owenses’ home features offerings from Design Within Reach.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The homes offer energy savings through passive measures like light and ventilation from expansive, dual-glazed, low-emissivity operable windows and skylights.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    The homes offer energy savings through passive measures like light and ventilation from expansive, dual-glazed, low-emissivity operable windows and skylights.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  A s1 Zeppelin chandelier by Marcel Wanders for Flos hovers above the living space.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    A s1 Zeppelin chandelier by Marcel Wanders for Flos hovers above the living space.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Developer Michael Kyle and his wife Joanne Higgins mix old and new in their living and kitchen areas.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    Developer Michael Kyle and his wife Joanne Higgins mix old and new in their living and kitchen areas.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  They installed water-saving artificial grass on their patio for pup Moxy to enjoy.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    They installed water-saving artificial grass on their patio for pup Moxy to enjoy.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Seven town homes, with slivers of air between them, possess the appearance and energy-saving advantages of row houses.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    Seven town homes, with slivers of air between them, possess the appearance and energy-saving advantages of row houses.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The Owenses’ minimalist master bedroom features Blik wall decals of chandeliers.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    The Owenses’ minimalist master bedroom features Blik wall decals of chandeliers.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Architects Ana Henton and Greg Williams broke up the uniformity of the seven town homes by making a feature of the Jeldwin dual-glazed windows, laid horizontally here and vertically on the neighboring units.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    Architects Ana Henton and Greg Williams broke up the uniformity of the seven town homes by making a feature of the Jeldwin dual-glazed windows, laid horizontally here and vertically on the neighboring units.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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