Liz Dennery Sanders and husband Peter Sanders had been looking for a corner-lot house in Carthay Circle for more than a year when they saw a For Sale sign go up on their street.
"The day I saw that sign I thought 'This is meant to be,'" said Dennery Sanders, who owns SheBrand, a brand consulting firm for women. "We knew we were adopting our son, Jack, in May."
Like many Los Angeles real estate scenarios, this one had the couple in a bidding war with a developer, but they ultimately won the house after writing a note to the family who had lived there for 50 years.
In a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone filled with...