Single-family homes converted into boxy apartment buildings...
Single-family homes converted into your new hangout that just happens to have ridiculous patios, draft coffee and mushroom-gruyere toast...
Not so bad.
It's not so bad at all at the Guest House, a big, beautiful, actual house that is now soft-open as a place for you to eat, drink and "work" in Los Feliz. Check it out.
This comes from the owners of Home and is actually connected to that institution by a short passageway. But here, you'll find a more domestic mood with patterned wallpaper, a vintage radio, marble counters and a menu wholly its own. Never shall the two intertwine. Like star-crossed lovers, with a thing for fancy toast.
You'll make your way here after getting up, whenever that is. Then, order the egg fried rice with Marcona almonds and turkey sausage. Or mushroom gruyere toast with smoked bacon and a draft nitro-coffee from the copper taps.
Scan the room and spot a hopelessly device-addicted neighborhood crowd wearing funny shorts and funnier mustaches, then escape to the patio on the right side. Not to be confused with the front patio.
There, you'll get sun and relative tranquility looking off Hillhurst as you contemplate the things that are important to you. Like the fact that in two weeks, they'll begin serving dinner.
Cocktails, too. Like a raisin-infused mezcal, carrot, lime and pineapple juice amalgamation called the W.D. Swizzle that comes with a dissolving rice paper logo of Mickey Mouse.
You've contemplated worse.