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Haven family makes San Diego apartment building their own

Haven complex

The Haven clan in front of their San Diego apartment building includes, from left, Carla (standing), Molly, 13, dad Matthew, 12-year-old Nate, Amy, 15-year-old Chris and grandparents Clayton and Sharon. 

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The Haven family compound

The vibrantly painted 1910 apartment is sandwiched in between a Thai food restaurant (left) and an auto mechanic shop (right) in Normal Heights.

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The Haven family compound

Amy Haven reads a book in her studio apartment, one of six units in the Haven family compound.

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The Haven family compound

Clayton Haven built the bookcase and ladder for his bibliophile daughter Amy.

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The Haven family compound

Amy Haven’s compact kitchen suits her studio apartment. 

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The Haven family compound

Members of the Haven family enjoy an alfresco pizza party in the central patio located between the apartment complex and Sharon’s bungalow. 

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The Haven family compound

Amy’s bedroom. 

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The Haven family compound

The guest suite of the Haven family compound can be used for a caregiver in the future, if necessary. 

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The Haven family compound

The family gathers for meals in the outdoor patio once or twice a week. 

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The Haven family compound

A bougainvillea-lined walkway is used for bike storage.

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The Haven family compound

The 350-square-foot guest room features a tiny industrial kitchen from Ikea.

 

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The Haven family compound

Every room in the apartment is different. The guest room is modern and clean-lined. 

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The Haven family compound

The minimally furnished cottage is filled with artworks from the family’s travels.  

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The Haven family compound

Sharon Haven’s bedroom includes an office. 

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The Haven family complex

The rear apartment on the ground floor overlooks the coutryard and includes a kitchen, office, living area and bedroom.

 

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The Haven family compound

A chess set in Clayton Haven’s apartment. 

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The Haven family compound

The couple sold and donated many of the things from their Mission Hills home, but brought their art with them. 

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The Haven family compound

The cottage includes a patio. 

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The Haven family compound

The cottage opens out to an outdoor patio where the family can visit in private. Sharon designed all of the apartments, as well as the courtyard and exteriors. 

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The Haven family compound

Clayton and Sharon Haven spend their evenings together in the cottage.

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