They are called the Moody cottages, about three dozen pixie homes built in the 1930s and '40s in the Santa Barbara area by sisters Harriet, Mildred, Brenda and Wilma Moody. With ceilings slanted to an extreme, windows irregularly sized and rooms configured in odd shapes, the homes are whimsical -- if now downright eccentric. But as Moody cottage owner Christine Hoehner attests, what the cottages lack in size they make up for in history, character, magic and charm. Here, Hoehner climbs the storybook stairs while her dog, Emily Dickinson, sticks around for her photo op.
Larry and Donna Mason smile like indulgent parents as they recount a litany of what Larry calls "unexpected architectural features" but what others might consider faults in their historic Montecito cottage: Two doors on the narrow upstairs landing open into each other. A beam at the top of the stairs is too low, as Larry knows from painful experience. Built-in shelves are set too close together for many books to stand upright. But the Masons love their house.
A following for eccentric Moody cottages - latimes.com