At his Koreatown apartment, Peter Gargagliano turns a 750-square-foot terrace into a series of outdoor rooms

By Alison SIngh Gee

Seventeen years ago, New Yorker Peter Gargagliano found his Los Angeles dream: in an apartment in a cool, 1930s Streamline Moderne building in Koreatown. It was small -- about 1,000-square feet -- but it came with a terrace that had sweeping views all the way to downtown. Gargagliano, then a production assistant making $260 a week, knew two essential things about his new home: He loved it, and it was rent-controlled.

Flash forward. Gargagliano, a successful production designer, was sharing the apartment with his girlfriend, illustrator Masha D’yans. Though they needed more space and could afford to move into a larger apartment, they chose not to leave. Instead, they have turned the expansive terrace into a series of outdoor living spaces.
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

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