This charming modern cottage in Healdsburg, California, shelters an inspiring collection of open spaces perfectly suited for urban living. Known as Alley One Residence, the modern home was imagined by architect Amy Alper. The architect describes this delightful project, explaining how an old cottage was turned into modern spaces for family living: ” A dilapidated cottage located on a charming alley in Healdsburg captured the imagination of a couple moving from Boston.

With an eye toward reuse of framing and foundation, a new two bedroom house was reborn. The entry area (set up as a lounge but easily converted to a dining area) blurs the line between inside and out with a concrete floor that runs right out to the rear patio.

Defined by an interplay of rooflines and floor levels, the living areas, kitchen, front patio and fire pit are defined yet are open to each other. The bedrooms, while intimate, benefits from design to minimize hallways. Also intimate but luxurious is the spa-like master bath. All rooms enjoy a cross breeze and are awash in natural light.”  Flexible interiors are amazing, filed with light and easy to open to the outdoors. The owners chose the fixtures, furnishings and finishes and what a great job they did! I can’t even imagine how it feels to indulge in a quiet, relaxing evening at home. An outdoor dinner accompanied by peace and quiet or soft music background sounds close to heaven. Also, the home’s flex room is in lined with the hottest architecture trends for 2014 and it helps you customize the space according to your needs.

This urban cottage-style residence is simply delightful, yet you might prefer something more private, like this remodeled Creekside Retreat. Or maybe both, one as a main residence, the other one as a weekend house?