This Craftsman-Style Home Holds History In Its Heart


“You won’t find any modernist box developments in this neighbourhood,” says Cassandra Corum as she offers a tour of her Koreatown home in Los Angeles.

Indeed, the two-storey Craftsman-style home that Corum shares with Shannon Reese looks out over a tree-lined street in a historic preservation district populated with stately homes. Located between downtown LA and Hancock Park, the neighbour­hood feels of another era – one where side-by-side, six-bedroom, single-family homes were the norm.

(The main image above shows the home’s exterior, which features lovely wooden detailing.)

“I appreciate the history,” Reese says of Koreatown’s cultural diversity.

“There’s Art Deco buildings like the Wiltern, Oaxacan food, Brazilian steakhouses, and Kim’s Home Center,” which they’ve dubbed a “Korean Home Depot”.

After years spent living in a Hollywood loft, Reese, a nurse and house flipper, and Corum, a real estate agent, wanted a change.

They purchased the home as an investment in 2015, rented it out briefly, and moved in late last year after growing weary of Hollywood, its tourists and distant freeway access.

Craftsman style home retains its heritage in thoughtful update

The expansive living room of the 1910 Craftsman house has all the typical details of the style, such as exposed ceiling beams and crown moulding.

“I love how central Koreatown is,” Reese says. “Everything is easier to get to from here. It’s safe. There are a lot of families. We’re five minutes away from downtown Los Angeles.”

Adds Corum: “And we can walk to the Olympic Spa.”

The home was built in 1910 and features classic Craftsman details such as exposed ceiling beams, original crown moulding, double-hung windows, and built-in cabinets.

In the front hallway, you can feel the home’s heritage, as a dark walnut grand staircase leads to the first-floor bedrooms.

Craftsman style home retains its heritage in thoughtful update

In the front hallway, the home’s heritage is reflected in the dark walnut grand staircase that leads to the first-floor bedrooms.

The upstairs is light and bright and filtered with sunlight, with five bedrooms and a cosy TV room the couple furnished with several function-before-beauty oversize recliners (cup holders included).

In total, the over 300sq m home includes six bedrooms and four bathrooms, a basement, and in keeping with the home’s Craftsman roots, a front porch overlooking the front yard. A deck in the back provides shaded seating for alfresco meals.

The couple updated some of the woodwork, such as the door sliders, before they moved in and removed a second-floor kitchen (they believe multiple families were living there before they bought the house).

Craftsman style home retains its heritage in thoughtful update

The bright, airy bedrooms also feature crown moulding as well as the large double-hung windows common to Craftsman style.

The interiors are overscale and comfortable, with large rooms, leather furnishings and white walls that allow the wood details to shine.

In the back are an assortment of fruit trees including pomegranate, persimmon, guava, and kumquats that were planted by the families before them.

“Our neighbours have a pride in their neighbourhood,” says Corum. “It’s really nice to live in a neighbourhood like that.” – Los Angeles Times/Tribune News Service

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