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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
Everyone knows the Hollywood Bowl. But do you know who designed it? Or how many there have been? Or how old it is? In this episode, we answer all of these questions and more while enjoying a gorgeous day in the park that is the Hollywood Bowl.
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.
Man, this summer flew by in what feels like the blink of an eye! And while some might say the real estate market has been cooling off, that's definitely not the case from where I'm standing. Here's what happened for me this summer, recapped in 60 seconds...
For everyone who has heard of the Case Study House program, but never really understood what it refers to, Tamar and I break it break it down for you, and then zero in on 3 particular homes from that famous experiment in residential architecture.
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.
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.
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.
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,…".
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.
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.
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.