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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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