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5 city apartments that don’t skimp on style

A look back at our favorite House Calls from the year

Living room with three tall windows and a mix of chairs with colorful cushions and textiles, a grey couch, coffee table, plants, and other decor.
This 700-square-foot apartment in the neighborhood of Northeast D.C. has plenty of light.
Photo by Heidi’s Bridge

It’s been a thrilling inaugural year for our weekly House Calls feature, which, as loyal readers already know, takes you on intimate tours of real people’s gorgeous homes from all over the country. Serving up a healthy dose of inspiration and heart, these five visits encompass a range of styles and living arrangements, from prefab cabins to stately townhouses to renovated bungalows.

House Calls takes you into smaller spaces as well—that are no-less charming or soulful. As we enter into full-fledged winter on this shortest day of the year, may these abodes, our favorite city apartments of the year, warm you up and provide an extra dash of encouragement in making wherever you live your place.

Home Again: An art director mixes past and present in her native D.C.

Art director and graphic designer Hadiya Williams returned to her hometown of D.C. and established a vibrant oasis in a 700-square-foot unit in a new-build. Photos by Heidi’s Bridge.

Empty nesters upgrade to make room for their passions in SoMa

When Lloyd and Dana Taylor’s six children left home, the couple moved to San Francisco, where they found a warehouse that felt cozy for two, but could also hold dinners for three dozen people. Photos by Carlos Chavarria.

Small space, big style in Fishtown

Natto Balladares’s 600-square-foot Philadelphia studio may be small, but it’s certainly big on style and warmth. Photos by Heidi’s Bridge.

An artist finds a home, and community, in a Mission District Victorian

Artist Christian Robinson found more than just an apartment and roommates in this four-bedroom Victorian in San Francisco. Photos by Carlos Chavarria.

A Minimalist Family Home Provides an Urban Oasis in NYC

The Yannopoulos-Burton apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is minimalist yet cozy, but also kid-friendly. Photos by Hallie Burton.