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SoCal small-space living: 27 homes that inspire

A 320-square-foot ADU rests in front of an illuminated pool at dusk.
The 320-square-foot Plús Hús by Minarc transforms an “old-fashioned” property in Santa Monica into a modern live-work compound.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times/Los Angeles Times)

Small-space living doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or succumb to clutter. It just requires creative thinking.

Whether you live in an apartment, loft, bungalow, ADU — or even a trailer — living small can be an empowering opportunity for you to think big while living with less.

Southern California homes are known for their architectural variety — Craftsman, Spanish and Midcentury Modern among them. Here are some inspiring homes from our archives that are noteworthy not just for their design, but for their small footprint.

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