Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tiki Homes - Orange County, California Part 2

Let's take a closer look at some of the 'tropical' residential architecture pointed out in the 2007 Orange County Register article. While not all of the homes are tiki or Polynesian, they are definitely exotic and make a bold statement.

The first two neighborhoods (A & B) are quite near each other.

The 'A' neighborhood:

3142 Killybrooke Lane (built 1963)

A subtle design with a purely decorative A-frame and extended roof lines. The garage roof hangs over the front door entrance and is supported with a nice privacy screen.

The house adjacent is currently listed for sale at $575,000. I don't know how that price relates to the real estate market in SoCal, but that's quite a bit of change for a small house.

3160 Sharon Lane (built 1963)

The two different roof angles for the second story and the garage make this house quite unique. If it was repainted from this grey color scheme, it would be very unusual.

The ornamental detail that hangs over the garage is not a design I have seen before.

1284 Londonderry Street (built 1963)

This house is the same design we found along Killybrooke Lane, but in a different color scheme.

A few more details from around the neighborhood.

I forgot to write down the address of this home, but it is in the neighborhood (somewhere).


  1. I like these houses... the tiki style gives them some flavor, but it's tastefully done. Also, the neighborhoods look to be well-kept-up. Tiki-style apartment buildings from this era are much more common in Southern California than single-family homes, but unfortunately most of them are not in as good condition as these houses.

    Unfortunately (for me, as I'm a SoCal renter looking to buy in the near future), $575,000 is pretty much par for the course for a fairly ordinarily-sized house in a decent-but-not-spectacular neighborhood in Southern California.

  2. Geez those are awesome! I wonder if there are any houses from the same era that look comparable in Colorado?

  3. $575,000 is surprisingly low for ANY house in this market. I've seen two-room "oiler shacks" sell for almost a million. (Hint: It's all about the value of the dirt UNDER the house.) The crashing economy has really made things more affordable. Of course, still not affordable enough for me to BUY something, but still...