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LOS ANGELES—The Osaka Residences are illuminating a new trend for residential development: height. To increase density, the two custom-design and detached homes have multiple stories and a rooftop sundeck to maximize living space in an urban setting—reminiscent of the designs of many luxury multifamily developments. The newly completed three-bedroom homes have Zen landscaping, rooftop terraces, smart technology throughout and walkability to retail and restaurants. At 2,700 square feet, the homes range in price from $2.125 to $2.195 million. To find out about the urban living trends that inspired the design, the booming Sawtelle Japantown neighborhood and why it is time to build for-sale product, we sat down with Eric Akutagawa of brokerage firm Gibson International for an exclusive interview.

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