The Sweetest House In Crenshaw Manor, $1.5M


Lea Shain has had years of experience in renovation and development projects, and when she saw a somewhat sad 1940’s house on a large lot in a neighborhood with great potential., she knew it was an opportunity.

Expanding the footprint without compromising the backyard (and keeping to the low-slung scale of the neighborhood) she raised the ceilings and created a unified, luminous interior with a Scandinavian vibe of white walls and pale woods, all inside a chic shell of dark stucco.

What We Love: This was more than a development project– Shain thought though the design as her own home. The “landing space’ just inside the front door is exactly that, a luminous, skylit welcome to the house. Plus she planned the separate, independent bedroom suite (with its own entry) for potential use as a home office or ADU, and redeveloped the garage as a studio/entertaining space.

Has anyone ever said “I wish there were less closets?” –Lea Shain

Currently staged as a bedroom, the independent suite opens to the front porch with sliding doors.

The Team: Developer Lea Shain turned construction over to the design/build firm Maison Kai when faced with more pressing projects. Staging by Vesta Home.

Now a private oasis, the primary bedroom suite (below) was once the living room, with the fireplace resurfaced simply in a Tuscan-style stucco.

More: Go to the listing for many additional images and details. An outstanding home represented by Silke Fernald and Courtney Poulos at ACME Real Estate.

Photo Credit: Alex Zarour of Virtually Here Studios