1912 Craftsman with Modern Studio in Pasadena

The classic California Bungalow, a staple of the Arts & Crafts movement, was wildly popular in the early 1900’s and for good reason. Besides the quality of construction, their timeless style exudes a warmth and comfort unmatched in architectural design. Set on a street of bungalows, this particular one stands out thanks in part to the beautiful gardens that front it.

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New Homeowner Protections In Effect as of Jan 1.

2013 brings new protections to California homeowners, primarily to those who are trying to prevent their properties from being repossessed. This legislation represents a win-win for citizens and the state in that help to stabilize California's housing market while simultaneously benefiting families, communities and the general economy.

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Nesbitt House by Richard Neutra in Brentwood

Calling all Richard Neutra fans. This brand new listing in Brentwood is definitely one you’ll want to check out. Originally built for John Nesbitt in 1942, this place is particularly interesting (not to mention beautiful) because it’s a bit of a departure in terms of the materials typically found in the modernist homes for which Neutra is widely known.

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Within Walking Distance of Ivanhoe

Here is a sweet remodel in Silver Lake that is worth taking a look at in person. Small enough to call it charming, and yet has ample space for a family. And the location is ideal. Its hillside perch offers fantastic views, it’s within walking distance of the path around the reservoir, it’s a mere hop, skip and a jump from shopping, dining and entertainment, and it’s in the Ivanhoe school district! What more could you ask for?

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Gertler House by Ray Kappe in Santa Monica

If you’re like me and were eagerly waiting to see what standout architectural properties would kick off the new year, the answer has arrived in this brand new listing of the Gertler Residence by Ray Kappe in Santa Monica Canyon. Built in 1970, this 4 BR / 3BA Modern house is ingeniously designed for the hilly terrain upon which its built by using eight redwood towers to suspend a structure composed of four redwood boxes with walls of redwood and glass.

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A Sampling of Celebrity Home Sales in 2012

If you’re like me and were eagerly waiting to see what standout architectural properties would kick off the new year, the answer has arrived in this brand new listing of the Gertler Residence by Ray Kappe in Santa Monica Canyon. Built in 1970, this 4 BR / 3BA Modern house is ingeniously designed for the hilly terrain upon which its built by using eight redwood towers to suspend a structure composed of four redwood boxes with walls of redwood and glass.

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New Ideas in Home Design

The folks at Proto Homes have incorporated some very clever concepts into the design and construction of their homes. These innovative ideas are related to the home’s architecture, its maintenance, the environment, and its overall livability. And on top of all that, the homes are pretty damn cool to look at. This brand new 5 BR / 3.5 BA home in Beverly Center is their second project in Los Angeles, the first being a beauty in Baldwin Hills last year.

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The Hailey Residence, Richard Neutra - 1959

f you’ve found yourself singing “All I Want for Christmas is a Neutra Mid-Century” (it's not just me singing that, is it?), then this recent listing in the Hollywood Hills East could make your holiday one to remember. As usual with Neutra, the design of the Hailey Residence is a perfect blend of graceful lines and practical comfort.

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Euro Chic and Stellar Views above the Sunset Strip

Some people might choose a home because it’s cozy and charming and it comes with a white picket fence. Others may choose a home because it’s down the street from a great school. Other times, though, one chooses a home simply because it has a “wow” factor that is unassailable – just like this 3,300 square foot 3 BR / 3.5 BA architectural masterpiece above the Sunset Strip has.

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Handsome Mid-Century Among The Bird Streets

The hills above the Sunset Strip have seen a many fine listings recently and one of the most desirable areas is the “Bird Streets”. And for a neighborhood that has no shortage of luxurious multi-million dollar homes, it’s a treat to see a quality home come on the market for just under $1.25 million.

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Cornelius Deasy Residence in Studio City

It’s great to come across a property that has a lot of really good things going for it (great “bones”, as they say) and yet could use a little updating, allowing a new owner to turn it into a gem with their own thumbprint on the work. This 3 BR / 2 BA mid-century designed in 1950 by AIA architect Cornelius Deasy as a Neutra study and used as his own family residence is a fine example of such a property. In fact, I would call it a diamond in the rough.

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Silver Lake Cool With a Meadow View

Here’s a house that proves the word “cool” isn’t only associated with something that is huge or ultra expensive. And, being in Silver Lake, making it “hip” will be a no-brainer for whoever buys it. The curb appeal that this home has is fantastic. Even with its diminutive size, its streamlined profile is charged with an unmistakably 1950's modern style.

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Amorphous Architectural in Beachwood Canyon

In the upper reaches of Beachwood Canyon, practically in the shadows the Hollywood sign, this cool, one-of-a-kind contemporary home by architect James Chuda will appeal to those who like to stand out in a crowd. This 4 BR / 4 BA home, which is perched atop a gated knoll overlooking the canyon, comes with 3,127 square feet of “oohs” and “ahhs” - without even seeing the views.

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Vintage Downtown Style in the Douglas Building

We all know that Downtown LA is rising. And with its rebirth, there are many amazing places to live. One of my favorites among them is the Douglas Building on the corner of Spring and 3rd Streets, which has the kind of character that has stood the test of time for 113 years and counting. And, yes, the building is Mills Act approved, which means significant savings on property taxes.

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Plenty of Room to Spread Out in Los Feliz

Straddling nearly ¾ of an acre at the northernmost end of the Vermont Parkway (that beautiful stretch of Vermont Avenue north of the Boulevard graced by massive overhanging trees) is this gorgeous California Ranch remodel. This home is ideal for anyone that values spacious rooms, a spacious yard, and a combination of classic and contemporary style. This totally renovated 4300 square foot 4 BR / 4.5 BA home offers high-end detailing throughout the interior and a yard that is big and beautiful enough for hosting a large banquet.

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