Nestled in the hilltops of Echo Park, Los Angeles, Blackbirds is an 18 home micro-neighborhood.

The project sets a precedent for the Small Lot Subdivision by taking a different approach to how we live, play, and interact. Blackbirds balances urban living, community, and nature with modernist architecture that thoughtfully blends private, semi-private and public spaces. The 18 single family residences are situated around individual and communal outdoor spaces. The living street, a central landscaped courtyard, serves a variety of uses that foster connection amongst the residents. The smaller home sizes and preference for open and green space favor community interaction and create a new ideal in urban living. Blackbirds has been recognized by the AIA’s Design Awards in the Multi-Family Residential category. It has been featured in Dwell Magazine, Architectural Record, & The LA Times, among others.

Architect: Bestor Architecture
Landscape: MLA Studio
Contractor: Pacific Empire Builders