Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times
Battisill, who had long wanted to live near water, at first had wished for a lake. What the 980-square-foot frontyard could accommodate, however, was a cheerful brook that runs along the side of the house, then turns the corner. Battisill complemented the stream with a foot bridge and redwood bench. Much to the couple's delight, their new frontyard has become a de facto pocket park and gathering place for passersby. Nannies bring their young charges to picnic and splash in the stream, teenagers roll up their pant legs and go wading, and weary walkers rest on the redwood bench at the edge of the sidewalk.
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