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URBAN HIKE

Little & Loud Architecture
updated: Nov 26, 2011, 9:30 AM

By the Urban Hikers, Peter Hartmann & Stacey Wright

To date we've walked over 95% of the city streets in Santa Barbara, and as a result we've put together a collection of some very unique architecture and architectural features in town. Namely, some of the smallest abodes and some of the most brightly painted places (and features) we've encountered during our walks. We readily admit that "small" is subjective, and so is "loud"- and while we've done our best to remain true to our task, when we see something we love that "almost fits", we include it in our collection anyway.

This is the first "small house" we encountered. We saw it on one of our very first urban hikes, which happened to be on the upper Westside. An Edhat reader reported that it once served as a neighborhood a barber shop. We still think it's just plain adorable.

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The next set of photos shows the variety of "little" buildings/homes we've seen along the way...and by the way, one of the playhouses we've included used to be home to one of the Urban Hiker's dolls and stuffed animals...we were so glad to see it still in use today.

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There are many wonderful cottage courts in town, but none as distinctive as this one with its several tiny cottages, each possessing a unique architectural charm of its own. Aren't these little homes simply adorable?

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More examples of small local homes.

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And we just HAD to include the BIG UGLY... what a great name for a cozy little home.

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Plus this bird commune and a tiny postal "house".

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And last but not least, three little "commercial" buildings - a restaurant, a car repair shop, and a real estate company which occupies an original Moody Sisters' cottage, "The English Cottage", built in the early 1900's.

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Prepare for the LOUD! These homes, buildings, gate, wall and childcare center need no introduction, no clarification and no explanation. Yep, they are just plain brilliant.

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This may be the perfect weekend to put on your shoes, apply a bit of sunscreen and hit the urban hiking trail. It's always a thrill to explore the city, meet the neighbors and stumble onto to something new and wonderful, and you might even burn off some of your Thanksgiving feast!

 

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