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The Ralph Haver Archive

Marlen Grove: A Ralph Haver Neighborhood circa 1952

Bordered by 10th Street and 11th Street from Bethany Home to Montebello

Marlen Grove was a citrus grove when the neighborhood was built in 1952. Surviving examples of the old grapefruit trees are becoming a rare sight. Four different home models are flipped and rotated along the streetscape, creating a casual unity yet surprising variety of façades. While they were slow to sell in the early 1950s, it is now becoming increasingly difficult to find an unmodified Haver Home in this neighborhood, as they are widely coveted for their flexible designs and creative design-conscious neighbors. The beauty of these and most Haver tract homes is that they were designed to be modified, so in a way they have fulfilled their destiny well. Unique features include sand-washed interior paint over block construction, low-pitched rooflines, and exposed beams inside.
The Ralph Haver Archive