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The Lechner House by RM Schindler: Perfection Revisited

As you go through the photos of this listing, you may think to yourself: ‘wow, what a great midcentury timecapsule’. But you would be mistaken. This is a decade of restoration by a dedicated owner, who also happens to be an accomplished designer in her own right. (see studioshamshiri.com for other examples of her work.)

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A De-Lovely Spanish Hacienda by Milton J. Black

Tucked away at the end of a winding road in the hills of Woodland Hills is this surprising and utterly fantastic find. This 1930 Spanish Hacienda by architect Milton J. Black has so much going for it, it’s kinda ridiculous.

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The Hammerman House by Richard Neutra in Bel Air

If you are a fan of Neutra’s work, one of the things that you’ll immediately recognize about the Hammerman House (in addition to its beauty) is its size. With 4,315 square feet of living space, this is on the larger end of the spectrum of homes designed by Neutra.

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An Historic Hacienda by Wallace Neff in Palm Springs

Let’s head two hours east of L.A. for a spell. You guessed it, Palm Springs. No doubt you’ve heard that this desert oasis has been transforming into one of the hottest real estate markets in Southern California. And the truth is, this new boom is really just beginning. 

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Johnson Residence by Harwell Hamilton Harris

Say hello to the Johnson Residence by Harwell Hamilton Harris.  One of the things that I love about Harris is how varied his home designs were. But one thing that you’ll be sure to find in every project is a careful use of materials and spaces that are elegant and fluid. And this new listing in Beverly Crest is a wonderful example of this. 

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First Time on the Market in Crestwood HIlls

It’s always a special treat when a home comes on the market for the first time since it was built. We saw that a couple weeks ago with John Lautner’s Silvertop in Los Feliz. In this case, the home is in Crestwood Hills, the Brentwood enclave that boasts a dense collection of Mid-Century gems, many of which were designed by A. Quincy Jones in the 1940’s.

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A Hollywood Cottage with Design Wizardry

Check. This. Out. This home is listed as offering a mere 603 square feet of living space on a 2,325 foot lot. And yet it features 1 bedroom, 2 baths (including a tub and 3 showers!), an office, steam room, dry sauna, laundry room and an outdoor living space that’s cozy enough to be a family room. How does it do it? With a deft application of architectural and design wizardry is how.

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Architectural Stunner In Los Feliz

Back on the market is this architectural residence in the Franklin Hills neighborhood of Los Feliz. This home has been on and off the market since mid 2011, but I have a feeling that given its new price point and the current shortage of inventory on the market, it will move this time around. And it should, because this home is magnificent.

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House of the Sun by Buff & Hensman

The year was 1975 and Donald Hensman, of Buff & Hensman architects, selected one of the highest perches along Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills and built himself a bachelor pad cum laude. Named “Domus Solaris” (House of the Sun), this Modern masterpiece boasts style that will never go out of style and views that go on forever in every direction. Check it out, drool, and give me a shout if you’d like to schedule a visit.

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Streamline Moderne Duplex in Silver Lake

What’s better than finding a great income property in prime Silver Lake? How about finding one that’s designed in a curvy Streamline Moderne style and comes with a huge lot, which can be built upon. This new trust sale listing on Descanso Drive is just that.

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A Condo Classic: The Avenel Coop by Gregory Ain

The Avenel Cooperative Housing Project by Gregory Ain in Silver Lake is a 10-unit complex of modest sized homes that are as rich in character as they are in their history. Built in 1947, Ain employed innovative design ideas to provide maximum flexibility and openness of the living space – both indoors and out.

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