Posts in mid-century
The Straub Residence (nearly).

I love me some quality restorations and this is one that truly warrants attention for its outstanding achievement. Designed as the personal residence of Calvin Straub, (though he did not end up living in it) this home went through some very unfortunate remodeling and design changes over the years, but the current owners very meticulously returned it to its original design.

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The Frank Residence by Buff, Straub & Hensman

This is the sort of house that has so much appeal you can easily imagine it being featured on the cover of any number of magazines, architectural or otherwise. And it wouldn’t be a surprise for the date of the magazine to be 1957, 1987, or 2019. It’s just that beautiful.  

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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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A Beverly Hills Home Perfectly Suited for a 'Sherwood Forest' Address

You know when you see something, and that's when you recognize it's your dream-something? This house is one of the most special and unique properties I've seen in LA. It sits inside a canyon and feels like nature made the house out of the trees, the soil, and the mountain.

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Historic Meets Modern in Windsor Square

In you want to live in mid-city, it’s hard to find a better neighborhood than Windsor Square/Hancock Park. Broad, tree-covered streets lined with sidewalks and grand, historic homes, and a location that allows for quick access to Hollywood, downtown, and many studios make this the perfect neighborhood for many people. 

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The Stone Residence by Donald G. Park, AIA

I know there are 3 months remaining in the year, but I’m going out on a limb and declaring that this is my favorite listing of the year. Friends might say this is due to the fact that I’ve coveted it for years as I walked past it on my way to hike in Griffith Park. Okay, there’s some truth to that.

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Alden Schwimmer Residence by John Lautner in Beverly Hills

Boy, oh boy. Talk about a phenomenal use of a parcel of land. Maybe the best way to begin appreciating the Alden Schwimmer Residence by John Lautner is to jump to the bottom of this post and check out the satellite view of the property. 

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The Kambara Residence by Richard Neutra

Thanks to a traffic light that was installed on Silver Lake Boulevard making it safe for folks to get to/from the popular meadow alongside the reservoir, it’s virtually impossible for drivers and pedestrians to not take notice of the magnificent Neutra VDL Studio and Residence which is located precisely at the point of this crossing. What many people remain unaware of, however, is the Neutra Colony just a hop, skip and a jump away. 

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Mid-Century With a Googie Vibe in the Hollywood Hills

Googie architecture, with its acute angles and freeform shapes, found its start and flourished in spectacular fashion throughout Los Angeles in the 40's and 50's primarily in commercial structures like diners, gas stations, motels and drive-ins. But there are also plenty of residential designs that incorporate many of the same elements.

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Artful Mid-Century in the Hollywood Hills

A home’s merits are often, and rightfully, attributed to the architect that designed it. But there are also homes whose wonder can be attributed to those that inhabited them. I don’t know if I’ve ever come across a home that made better use of its space, both indoors and out, than this one and does so in a manner that is practical, interesting, and artful.

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Brentwood Mid-Century Awaits Your Touch

For all of you mid-century modern hunters hoping to find a home with great bones but with room for some updating, where you can apply your magical design touch and bring the house into the 21st century, this new listing in Brentwood is ripe fruit waiting to be picked. What makes this home great is that even as is, it’s not just livable, it’s quite splendid.

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