Staying in Character

Soon after purchasing a 1940s home in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, Mohamed Sharif was approached by his new neighbors. “Are you a developer?” they asked, their concern evident. He assured them he was not, and that his family was there to stay.

A partnerto accommodate their three sons—Karim, Amin, and Zayd—as well as Rehana’s mother, Susan, without dwarfing the 5,500-square-foot lot.

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