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we have to spend time away from our child­hood home so that we can see it fresh. Su­san Com­den moved to Los An­ge­les for col­lege, mar­riage and fam­ily, and a ca­reer in com­mer­cial real es­tate. Then she and her hus­band, Len, de­cided to re­model their life­style and buy a house in La Jolla, Su­san’s home­town. La Jolla is one of the spec­tac­u­lar coastal Cal­i­for­nia en­claves, akin to Mon­terey, Santa Bar­bara, and Mal­ibu. ❙ “I have al­ways been par­tial to Span­ish ar­chi­tec­ture,” Su­san says, “es­pe­cially all the won­der­ful sea­side homes built in the 1920s and 1930s.” ❙ The cou­ple met Linda Mar­rone, a lo­cal bro­ker who spe­cial­ized in his­toric homes. “Linda steered us to this vin­tage 1929 Span­ish Colo­nial Re­vival house in the Bar­ber Tract, an older area of La Jolla,” Su­san says. The house was de­signed by ar­chi­tect/builder J.W. Ger­nandt of San Diego.

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