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3380 Granada Avenue

This early 1920s Craftsman bungalow is the perfect setting for a vast collection of beautiful and unusual outdoor plants. The house has been repainted in historically appropriate colors, and all the shades of nature stand out against the light yellow clapboard, white trim, and lower band of pale green shingles. The combination of cheerful shades promotes a sense of springtime year round. The front yard has been reserved for nature. It is a meadow-like low-maintenance patch of wildflowers, herb bushes and native grasses to be enjoyed by birds, bees, and butterflies. The side patio and back yard, which is a work-in- progress, feature a stunning array of potted plants and succulents as well as natural in- ground landscaping. As an active member of the San Diego Floral Society, the owner was surprised to learn through archived Society newsletters that her home had been the site of some early club meetings.

The classic Craftsman exterior demonstrates horizontality through design elements such as low-pitched gabled roofs with wide overhanging open eaves, walls that batter out gently over a raised foundation, and an off-center, partial-width, broad front entry porch. The front-gabled roof of the porch is supported at the corners by simple round stucco columns resting on boxy piers. A long and low bench railing extends between the column supports, offering a comfortable perch to connect with the public portion of the lot.

The back end of the driveway was converted into a lovely shaded side patio by the previous owners, who expanded and reconfigured the original garage to open onto the alley. They laid a brick floor on the side, and likely added the brick to the steps and floor of the front porch at the same time. Having apparently lived in the house for many years, they also made several mostly cosmetic changes to the interior, which the current owner has spent the past seventeen years reversing. Current work on the kitchen includes the removal of layers of paint on the walls and cabinets. The bathroom has been restored with new period-looking tile and a salvaged period sink; its original tile floor remained intact under four layers of linoleum.

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