Too often, city living means sacrificing space (and privacy) for location. But this Spanish-colonial townhouse, designed by JZMK Partners, allows buyers to have it all, in spite of zero–lot line restrictions. Its first-level garden patio and two second-level decks provide al fresco retreats. And its three-car garage, tucked discreetly behind two first-floor flex rooms, is an unheard of perk for a city home.

The nimble plan comes with luxuries aplenty, including an optional elevator, a butler's pantry, and a third-floor library. Spanish tiles and wrought-iron accents seal the deal. Who knew urban digs could live so much like a single-family house in the 'burbs (minus the commute)?

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Category: Production/Semi-custom, more than 3,000 square feet;

Entrant/ Architect: JZMK Partners, Irvine, Calif.;

Builder/Developer: Laing Luxury, Newport Beach, Calif.

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Los Angeles, CA.