Home in Tarzana – our new apartment

We’ve been living here in Tarzana for about 6 weeks now, and I have not yet posted any real pictures of our new apartment … I know I know. Shame on me.

But, for the longest time, the place looked like this, with a stack of boxes in the middle of the room…

Before - that "just moved in" look

Before - that "just moved in" look

But, eventually, I gave up thinking that the place would ever look perfect … or even great. And just decided to show you the way it looks. Much more authentic anyway, right?

First, take a look at our neighborhood. The next 3 photos were taken from just outside our front door … the lawn is yellow (not our fault).

We live on Friar St, near the crossroads of Victory and Tampa in Tarzana (if you follow this direction, you’ll hit Tampa). The neighborhood is full of $400,000ish houses, big mature trees, and I’m pretty sure the old couple next door has lived here since the neighborhood was built.


We have this little path from our front door to the sidewalk ….

We’re welcome to park in front of the house, except, of course, when the trashcans are there.


This direction goes deeper into the neighborhood and quiet residential streets.


Our apartment is (I think) a converted garage, and the entrance is on the opposite side of the building from the main house entrance … Just inside the gate to the right is our door; and if you go straight there is another gate to reach their side/backyard.


Our path – These tiles are maybe a 12″x12″ …


You see why people can’t just stop by? You’d never find our front door!

Those lights above the door are on a motion sensor … . except, they never sense you’re there until you’re inside the gate … which means that when I come home at 1130p and it’s all dark, someone could be hiding inside the gate, waiting to ambush me. And if they’re still enough, the light won’t go on until I walk inside the gated area … and by then it would be too late.

I try not to think about that.



We have all this lovely space just outside our door, but we can’t use any of it because the gardener needs the area to drag the trash cans back and forth 2 days/week. It’s really unfortunate.


Julie mentioned she thought this place was a converted garage because of the way the door is situated. … The door frame is a full 6+ inches from the ground.

It took a little while to get used to. I definitely tripped a couple times and stubbed my toe when I was carrying groceries and couldn’t see my feet …


And finally, just a glimpse of the interior. I will be posting about each corner of the room in more detail throughout the week (with the exception of ‘Etcetera’ on Wed, if you don’t care about the apartment you might not want to come back til next Tuesday).

These last 3 photos were all taken w/ my Wide angle lens and my back to the front door …

(the white door on the right of this photos leads to the bathroom)



Didn’t I tell you? Not cleaned up at all …. that bike in the middle of the floor is pretty much permanent.


So, there you go!

Your first little glimpse into where we have been living for the last 6 weeks and will probably be living for at least the next 9 months or so …

Tomorrow: a look at our “living room”

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  • Michelle August 3, 2009, 10:34 am

    I like it. It’s small. But looks homey and I can see about you mean not having visitors over. I mean where would play Monopoly and Risk and where would we set up the guillotine!?

  • Michelle August 3, 2009, 10:39 pm

    By the way… Doesn’t that picture of Andrew make you want to stuff marbles in his mouth? I’m picturing it and it’s so funny.

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