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ON A STREET shaded by magnolia trees stands Magnolia Cottage, which dates to 1928. Owners Lynn and Rick Cirelli have given each intimate space in and outside the house its own lookwith the intent of ensuring that all of them, when viewed as a whole, comprise a functional and unique cottage.
City records reveal that the cottage was not much more than 900 square feet, just enough room for a small living room, downstairs bedroom and bathroom, and upstairs bedroom. A galley kitchen was squeezed in toward the back of the house. It changed hands nine times over the nearly eighty-year period, and somewhere along the way the space was expanded to 1,500 square feet, a perfect home for Lynn, Rick and their Tibetan terrier, Samie.