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Communal living

The residents of this house consider it an artists’ colony and have painted a large mural on the home that nearby homeowners have criticized. (Richard Hartog / LAT)
During a house meeting, residents discuss the on-going opposition from neighbors to the mural that adorns the house. (Richard Hartog / LAT)
The residents, who consider themselves one big family, prepare dinner. (Richard Hartog / LAT)
Vicki Homer relaxes in the house that is perched on the corner of Pico and Windsor boulevards. (Richard Hartog / LAT)
The mural in question is 2 years old and not much different from others that pop up around the city. Artist Olga Socolovia conferred with housemates and sketched a mock-up before working on it. “As far as the subject matter” is concerned, Socolovia said, “I just looked at people in the neighborhood. I did put a lot of musicians and artists on the wall, because I wanted to inspire young kids.” (Richard Hartog / LAT)
Langston Bealum, 6, is one of the two children who live in the home. The nine adults have dubbed the house “Sugar Shack.” (Richard Hartog / LAT)