Charming Steinkamp Spanish in Crestview

From the 1930’s to 1950’s, developer-builders Elwain Steinkamp and William T. Richardson built lovely middle-class homes in Los Angeles, many of which can be found in the Crestview neighborhood. This home on Holt Avenue happens to be a beautifully preserved example of their work. From the street, the lush garden and the beautiful, arched wooden privacy doors give a hint of the lovely home that awaits within.

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Richard Neutra - Linn House in the Hollywood Hills

Simple lines, simply beautiful. That’s the essence of what you’ll find in the Linn Residence by Richard Neutra in the Hollywood Hills. Neutra fans may recall that the home was sold just last year as a fixer. Now it’s back on the market and I’m happy to report that the buyer did a superb job restoring it and, thankfully, maintained the home’s original character in the process.

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Dwell On Design 2013

This past weekend my favorite annual design event took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Dwell on Design is a conference that features products, architects, designers, technology, art and more, including engaging presentations throughout each day of the show. Listed below is a small sampling of things from the show that I particularly enjoyed, covering a very broad range in both form and function.

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A Mid-Century Awaiting Your Modern Touch

For anyone looking for a mid-century home in the Hollywood hills that they can put their own thumbprint upon, here is your chance. Built in 1947, this home is one of the original cottages built in Laurel Canyon and it comes with pedigree. Designed by Pasadena based architects Harold Bissner and Harold Zook, the home evokes a vibe of a bohemian LA lifestyle from days gone by.

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Halverson Residence by Buff and Hensman in the Hollywood Hills

For anyone that may have been on vacation last week and therefore not checking in on their daily search for great mid-century homes, this beautifully restored home by architects Buff & Hensman is something you ought to be made aware of. The Halverson Residence in the Hollywood Hills is an impeccable Post and Beam specimen in its design, finishes, and condition.

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A Get-Away Suitable for Gatsby

It's not often that I select properties out of the L.A. area to write about, but after getting the opportunity to see this one, I couldn't help myself. Only about an hour away from the city, you feel like you've escaped to a far paradise. It's no wonder Newport Beach is referred to as California's Riviera. And there, in this home reminiscent of a Tuscan Villa, meticulous attention to detail and quality can be found at every turn.

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Showcase Architectural in the Hollywood Hills

If Apple Corporation ever decided to try their hand at residential design, I have a feeling their work might look something like this sleek and sexy new listing in the Hollywood Hills. With clean, polar-white lines and an abundance of glass, this home is hypnotically beautiful inside and out.

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Hilltop Architectural with 360-Degree Views in Los Feliz

At first glance from the street, one may not have a clear opinion about this provocative architectural estate designed by Arxis Studio that was just listed in Los Feliz. One thing is certain though - you *will* take notice of it. And after you’ve had the chance to experience the home in its entirety, my bet is that you’ll love it. I sure did. Sited on a hilltop at the end of a cul-de-sac abutting Griffith Park, this 5 BR / 5.5 BA estate will kick-start your dreams of living the good life.

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Thies Residence by Carl Maston in Studio City

Several years ago while shopping for an area rug I inquired with a salesman about one in particular that caught my eye. “Ah, this piece…”, began his reply, making it clear that this was not just a rug. Rather, this was “a piece” – a work of art. You kind of feel the same way while walking through the Thies Residence by architect Carl Maston, which recently came on the market in Studio City. The home feels like a work of art.

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Fischer Residence by Eugene Weston III in Silver Lake

Do you admire mid-century design? Do you love expansive views? Do you crave privacy? Here’s a new listing in Silver Lake that I suspect will quickly get a lot of attention from fans of mid-century architecture. And Lord knows there is no shortage of those. The Fischer Residence by architect Eugene Weston III is a post-and-beam specimen whose features are simple, elegant, and classic.

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A True ‘Home’ in Los Feliz

There are many things that can rise to the top of the priority list when shopping for a house. For some, it’s a breathtaking view. Others may require good schools. And still others, like me, may rank a walk-able neighborhood as a 'must-have'. But this 1922 Mediterranean in Los Feliz is a great reminder that what matters most is how the place feels when you’re inside of it.

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Cozy Colonial in Los Feliz

When thinking about residential architecture in Los Angeles, one might conjure an image of a 1920’s Spanish Revival or a Mid-Century Modern house perched on a hilltop overlooking the city. And while those two styles are, in fact, well represented here, one of the things that I love about LA is that it has arguably the widest variety of architectural styles of any city in the country. We even have our share of Dutch Colonials, such as this terrific listing that just came on the market in Los Feliz.

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Warm (Yet Oh-So Cool) Architectural in Brentwood

It’s inspiring when you encounter a home that makes you think the architect was reading your mind regarding the type of space you’d love to live in. This is one of those places. Modern, warm, functional, warm, airy, bright, fun. Yep, this 3 BR / 3.5 BA Brentwood home designed by award-winning architect Lorcan O’Herlily is a great blend of all those things.

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Samuel Novarro House by Lloyd Wright

Right on the heels of the listing of the Sowden House in Los Feliz a few weeks ago comes another fantastic listing of a significant Lloyd Wright home. This time it’s the Samuel Novarro House in The Oaks, that exclusive neighborhood of hilly, winding streets at the western end of Los Feliz.

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