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Greta Magnusson-Grossman Mid-Century in the Hollywood Hills

Oh, boy. Another fantastic mid-century listing hits the market in the Hollywood Hills. This time it’s the Hurly Residence by Greta Magnusson-Grossman. And this is the first time this home has been on the market in the 55 years since it was built.

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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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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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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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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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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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1927 Mediterranean in Los Feliz by Theodore J. Scott

Los Feliz has its fair share of great Mediterranean style homes and this new listing on Edgemont Street is a stand-out among them. Designed by architect Theodore J. Scott, this 1927 home with its Moorish flair boasts features and details that are more than worthy of all the oohs and ahs they are sure to elicit.

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Sowden House by Lloyd Wright in Los Feliz

Anyone that has driven along Franklin Avenue in Los Feliz has surely noticed the presence of the Sowden House by Lloyd Wright. Even if one doesn’t recognize it from the many films, tv shows and commercials that it’s appeared in (notably The Aviator and The Rocketeer), it’s clear from the home’s striking façade that something special awaits within. And for all the folks that have wished they might get a chance to see the inside and, perhaps, buy the house, now is your chance.

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O’Melveny House: Turn of the (previous) Century Splendor

When a residence’s list of features includes things like a library with fireplace, mahogany paneled walls, butler’s and cook’s pantry, verandas, maid’s quarters, wine cellar, sunroom, etc., you know it’s going to be something grand. With the additional clue of 1909 as the year built, you may have guessed that we are visiting Hancock Park.

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A Well-Preserved Mid-Century in Brentwood

Beautifully sited at the northern end of the Crestwood Hills neighborhood in Brentwood is this week’s mid-century surprise. Designed by architect Harold M. Sutton (a name I was heretofor unaware of), this 2 BR / 2.5 BA home quietly catches your eye from the street and then drops your jaw when you enter.

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The Polito House by Raphael Soriano

Long before there was Gangnam Style, there was International Style. And a few days ago another fine specimen from one of L.A.’s International Style architect posse hit the market. The Antonio Polito House by Raphael is a restored three-level Bauhaus cube, located on a street-to-street lot in the hills above the Sunset Strip.

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Sweet-A-Licious Architectural in Culver City

If you’re a creative type that’s searching for a large, versatile space that simultaneously satisfies your home, work, and play requirements, and you appreciate thoughtful design, this may be just the place for you. This loft-style architectural residence in Culver City is sweet-a-licious! (That’s a word, right?)

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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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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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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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