After more than 2 years of inhabiting the white house on top of the hill at Sunset Junction, Amy, Rachel, Stephanie, and Nikos are moving on. Plus, the house was starting to shift, walls were cracking, and plumbing clogging up. So it was about time.
The house has acted as the center and nucleus for the group. Whether it was going over to do work on my laptop, or hosting a dinner party in the dining room, Manzanita was both a place and space for cultivating our community of like-minded, pleasant people.
The house sits on the top of a hill off of Manzanita by Bhulan, and the front door with its colonnade portico is reached by a long flight of stairs. You enter the house into a long “front-of-house” space, which features a generous living and dining room, both of which are furnished with overly welcoming couches, picnic-like dining table with a bench, and dance-floor area. The kitchen, the heart of this house, is autonomous on its own with a breakfast nook area and access to the backyard and into Rachel’s bedroom. The backyard has its own studio free-standing structure, grape covered trellis, and hammock. And with all these elements, and the correct mix of characters to inhabit it, the Manzanita House was an obvious place for gathering. It will be missed.