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When their good friend and real estate agent took Walter and Sara Rozak to a run-down midcentury home in Santa Monica, he offered these words of warning: “This is a weird one.” The Rozaks were planning to start a family and had scoured Los Angeles open houses for a property that would let them tick off the boxes on their wish list, but they had come up short. As promised, the 1950s ranch-style home wasn’t any more ideal than the other houses they had seen, but the site—overlooking a golf course and growing wild with 150-foot trees that choked out any sunlight—offered them the chance to build the urban Hawaiian-inspired retreat they’d been dreaming about.