Photos: A Tour Of The Cool, Minimalist Homes Of Highland Park, Hancock Park

At the end of a Highland Park cul-de-sac and in a rather architecturally conservative Hancock Park neighborhood sit two hip and modern homes that we wouldn't mind living in.

LAist was invited to attend Dwell magazine's home tours recently, and visited "#9 Dream" house in Hancock Park and the "Rock View House" in Highland Park. Though they're both designed by different architects, the two homes share some similarities—like their minimalist approach with stark white surfaces, and an open format that seamlessly connects the outdoors to the indoors.

#9 Dream House

Dan Brunn, whose architectural firm bears the same name, designed #9 Dream house for himself. Originally a bungalow built in 1952, Brunn transformed it into a modern, bright and airy home. His kitchen is the heart of his home and it opens up to the living room. Natural light pours down from the skylights, some that are designed to cast diagonal lines of light. An entire wall opens up to his backyard, showing off the lush garden, Brunn's first foray into landscaping. It's the details in this home that add to how special it is, like how the kitchen's white countertops and cabinets are made of an imported, back-painted Starphire glass. He also imported the Nordic ash flooring placed throughout his home. There are little touches that shows this is Brunn's home—since he's an artist and musician, his artwork and guitars are on display in the home. Upstairs in the loft space, it holds some of Brunn's most treasured items, like Beatles dolls, books and figurines.

Rock View House

Nerin Kadribegovic, a third generation architect in his family, overcame some challenges building the Rock View House in Highland Park. After all, it was located at the end of a hilly cul-de-sac, with an steep incline that raised the home 10 feet above the street level. His firm, Lehrer Architects, had to incorporate the grade into the design, and it came out beautifully. The 1,700-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home feels large, with its 12-foot-high ceilings. It also has plenty of windows, skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that connect the inside directly to the outside gardens and city views of Eagle Rock and the San Gabriel Valley mountains. The living room has concrete floors and light maple wood connecting from the kitchen cabinets to the ceiling, with an open format connecting the two rooms together, just like #9 Dream House. Going through the hallway makes you feel like you're to a different space, where you're completely surrounded by white shelves, walls, and white Epoxy flooring.

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