Each May, we celebrate our mothers – the special people who raise us. No matter who serves that role in our lives, this month gives us a chance to reconnect and give back to the people and places that feel like home.
And after a year where we all needed a little extra comfort, what better time to honor those who care for us day in and day out.
When we think about Mother’s Day at Andrew Rhoda & Associates, we think about home: the people and places that ground us and that gave us our roots. Last year, this concept of home experienced its own unique transformation.
With more time to ourselves, families invested in their homes, reimagining what was already there or trading spaces – or coasts – altogether.
This period of transition and transformation meant that we saw family spaces in a brand new light. Empty nesters were taking an extra chance to spend time filling homes with familiar voices and the warmth of a home meant to be lived in.
What we saw as essentials for a family home began to shift; ease and functionality became just as important as the style and sophistication that we all crave.
Here in California, some families moved further up the coast, while others found their dream homes right in the heart of LA. With a stunning kitchen featuring coffered ceilings and a marble counter centerpiece, homes like The Gibson House became the most coveted finds for family living.
Featuring a pool surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens, a detached guest house, and an outdoor fireplace, this Hancock Park tudor provides the perfect marriage of ease and modernity that is meant to be shared with our friends and families. And as Angelenos plan for the city’s full reopening, homes like these continue to fly off the market.
Over in central LA’s Carthay Square, this newly modernized 1920s Spanish home features masterfully designed grounds by Maruta Taube Landscape Design and a charming casita fit for a guest house. Walls of french doors open up to alfresco dining set atop one of two ipe-wood decks, creating a space perfect for entertaining friends, or simply gathering around the table for weeknight meals.
In nearby South Carthay, a 1930s Spanish revival echoes with vintage nostalgia, featuring a hacienda-style portico, welcoming guests with ornate grey tile. The home’s welcoming eat-in kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances and marble countertops, and joins a sunny family room with French doors looking out onto the home’s lush greenery.
Effortlessly integrating indoor and outdoor living, a private patio with outdoor fireplace and fountain offers endless options for private backyard gatherings with the ones we love.
As we settle back into our newly refined homes and swap video calls for in-person reunions, we get to reconnect with the family we weren’t always able to see. We get to invite each other to our dining rooms and gardens, sharing the spaces we’ve cultivated to bring people together.
In honor of our mothers and our families, it’s time to enjoy a reborn Los Angeles; from the innovative at-home bakery turned West Hollywood storefront, to familiar downtown brunches, sharing time together in the bustle of LA has never been more fulfilling.
Plus, with innovative beachside experiences like the ones created by The Picnic Collective, indulging in the best of LA’s beaches has never been easier. With bohemian picnic set-ups and extravagant floral centerpieces, these serene coastal experiences are perfect to reconnect with the whole family, celebrate Mother’s day, and get back to the LA life we all know and love.
At Andrew Rhoda & Associates, we know the power of a home that unites families and connects us to our communities.
In this transitional time, how are you reconnecting with family? If you’re thinking about making a move, reach out to our team, to see how we can secure you the best deal on your dream home, or get your property on the market at a competitive price. And if you missed our previous issue of At Home in LA, you can give it a read right here.