Laurel Mews: Los Gatos, Calif.

Interiors are as contemporary as the exteriors are historic. The open kitchen and generous island welcome casual gatherings. Finished basements include a bar, bath, and media room.

A casual eating nook supplements the dining room.

Homey interiors open to a hand-laid brick front porch.

The second floor includes a laundry room and crafts corner.

Large windows provide light-filled interiors yet maintain privacy on the tight lots. The builder avoided window-to-window positioning on adjacent homes.

Brick driveways lend an old-fashioned sense of human scale. Alley-loaded garages make the most of a tight, expensive site. Some have studio space above.

Each home has a brick front porch; lattice-topped fences offer additional privacy from the street.

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