Built in 1927 by John William Chard, this stunning 4 BR / 3.5 BA home makes a very big impression right out of the gate. The deeply recessed door shown here, which is flanked by ornate concrete window grills, is not the front door to the house. It’s an exterior wall that opens to…
…this magnificent courtyard with arcades running along two sides, which feature tiled walkways and wood beam ceilings.
This is classic and worthy of a magazine spread. The open area of the courtyard is paved with irregular shaped flagstone and features an octagonal, tiled fountain at its center. Looking down upon the courtyard and wrapping around a corner of the house is a beautiful wood balcony, designed with posts and arches that complement the arcades below.
The front door of the home opens to a large foyer, from which one may walk into the living room, the library, the dining room, the kitchen, the back patio, or upstairs via a staircase that features an intricate wrought iron railing.
The step-down living room features a 17-foot cathedral ceiling with wrought iron ornamentation, a large fireplace, and loads of natural light thanks to the huge arched windows and French doors.
The dining room also enjoys plenty of natural light that comes in through the windows and doors that open to the courtyard.
The one place in a home where a bit of modernism is most important is the kitchen and the choices made for the updates to this one are outstanding, starting with the open breakfast counter that leads into it.
Bright, airy, spacious, ample counter space and top-notch appliances. This is a true chef’s kitchen.
A yard doesn’t get much better than this. Let’s start with the patio, which runs the length of the house and can be accessed from the kitchen, the foyer hall or the library. The pergola covering the grape vines creates the perfect setting for a romantic al fresco dinner, or a huge family gathering.
The patio steps down onto a large perfectly flat lawn, which leads to backyard oasis featuring a pool, spa and a spacious lounge area.
Now that’s a serious bocce court.
The spacious master bedroom overlooks the back yard and features an adjoining sitting area/office, which opens to a balcony and enjoys views of the downtown LA skyline.
The balcony, which wraps around the house, can be accessed via the master suite in the back of the house and one of the guest bedrooms at the front of the house.
The library / media room features carved wood cabinets, built-in shelves and a very modern looking fireplace. And like every other room on the first floor, it opens up to the outdoors. In this case, it leads to the patio and back yard.