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.Read More
David and Tamar dive into an often overlooked, yet frequently encountered, piece of LA's residential landscape. We're talking about Dingbats, baby!
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.Read More
This new listing in Venice will not catch your eye with external flourishes and ornamentation, but it will most certainly catch your eye all the same it. And it will hold it. After all, Scandinavian design is all about clean lines and simplicity. And this is good design throughout.Read More
If you owned this property, I guarantee no one would ever walk into the house for their first time and not say “wow".Read More
The origins of Streamline Moderne, or, What are all those buildings around L.A. that look like big boats, anyway?
Here's a little 411 about those homes around Los Angeles that look like they belong in a fairytale! Check out our latest ARCHITECT SCHMARKETECT episode on the STORYBOOK homes!
Designed in 1940 by Raphael Soriano for ceramicist and co-founder of Arts and Architecture Magazine Glen Lukens, this is a fine example of minimalist architecture wrought in the International Style.Read More
If anyone ever had big shoes to fill, it was Lloyd Wright - the son of Frank. David and Tamar chat about all things Lloyd Wright in SoCal, including a fantastic property currently on the market.
Here’s a truly unique leasing opportunity, especially if you have an appreciation for the history of midcentury architecture in Southern California. This property is the former studio of A. Quincy Jones and his wife Ruth Schneider. What makes it all the more special is that this was their first studio after getting their degrees in architecture.Read More
It’s not uncommon to find a home with architectural pedigree that’s been updated and, as a result, all of the original character has been erased or somehow ruined in the process. Well that’s definitely not the case in this Brentwood home. Not by a long shot.Read More
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.Read More
I wish I had a nickle for every time I've heard someone say something to the effect of: "Oh, man! I knew I should've pulled the trigger on that property a couple years ago." "If only this…", "if only that,…".Read More
A popular design element in midcentury modern architecture is the butterfly roof. It’s perhaps a little more common to find this feature on commercial structures than on residences. And I’m not sure why that is because I, for one, love the look of it.Read More
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.Read More
On this week's broker caravan, I thought I'd share 3 things that caught eye. The first was this rooftop deck from a townhouse in Santa Monica.Read More
Unlike Crestwood Hills, which I described in my previous post, Woodland Hills is not exactly an area with a densely packed collection of mid-century gems. That said, as with most of L.A., the more you look, the more you’ll find. And today’s find is outstanding, indeed.Read More
Before we get to the house itself, I just want to share a little bit about what makes Crestwood Hills so cool for anyone that may be unfamiliar with the area. Although it’s a planned community, it came about in a very different way than the countless other planned communities that have spread across most of southern California like an out of control virus.Read More