Take a Peek at the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences

Today, we take a peek at the VDL Research house built by Viennese-American architect Richard Neutra and his son Dion Neutra. Located on Silverlake Boulevard, across from the Silver Lake Reservoir and Meadow, the house was Neutra’s family home and studio for nearly three decades. The house is currently owned by Cal Poly Pomona and maintained by its College of Environmental Design. In 2017, the Neutra VDL House was named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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By Neal J. Leitereg

Cathedral ceilings, French doors and large picture windows enhance the cozy farmhouse vibe found inside this renovated beach cottage in Santa Monica. Complementing the 1920s home, once owned by actor Leo Carillo’s brother, is a soaking pool, a palm-topped guest house and a garage turned play room.

The details

Location: 343 Sycamore Road, Santa Monica, 90402

Asking price: $3.395 million

Built: 1923

House size: Three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms

Lot size: 6,567 square feet

Features: Vaulted ceilings; French doors; chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar; great room; dining room; detached guest house; garage turned playhouse; soaking pool; fire pit; lush landscaping

About the area: In the 90402 ZIP Code, based on 10 sales, the median sales price in May was $4.245 million, according to CoreLogic. That was an 8.8% increase in price compared with the same month the previous year.

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Stripped-down Santa Monica cottage asking $3.4M

By Bianca Barragan

This Santa Monica Canyon cottage has a wonderful, raw look about it, with its vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and contrasting white walls. Built in the 1920s, the open and airy cottage has Douglas fir floors and beautiful French doors. There are also high-end appliances and finishes, lest anyone forget this is Santa Monica.

The master bedroom shares the sky-high ceilings of the communal spaces, and a fireplace and French doors that open out to the backyard add to the room’s grandness.

The property is actually more like a little compound, with a converted garage and a guesthouse sharing the property with the three-bedroom main residence.

The guesthouse, with a bathroom and kitchenette, could be used as its name intends. The garage is set up with a loft and playroom.

The house is listed for $3.4 million.

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By Mark David

Internationally celebrated celebrity photographer Cliff Watts listed a photogenic International Style home on a famously celeb-lined street in the Hollywood Hills for a smidgen less than $4.5 million, and within weeks, according to online listings, the property was put into escrow at an unknown price. Watts, who’s snapped heavy-hitters like Halle Berry, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts and James Franco, purchased the property from the family of the original owners in 1999 for $850,000.

Secreted behind imposing gates with three bedrooms and two bathrooms in not quite 2,800 square feet, the stylishly art-filled residence was custom designed in the mid-1950s by card-carrying Communist architect Josef Van der Kar for influential archconservative nuclear arms strategists Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter. The couple, who served as advisers to both Republican and Democratic administrations, including that of John F. Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis, once had a phone line directly from the house to the Oval Office.

The combination living-dining room features cork floors, a fireplace and extra-wide floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that open to a cantilevered wraparound deck. There are also a galley-style kitchen and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the upper floor. A corkscrew staircase winds down to the lower level, where a freestanding fireplace is all that separates a window-lined den from the master bedroom and bathroom.

Meandering grounds, originally conceived by renowned landscape architect Garrett Eckbo, are privatized with dense stands of sky-high bamboo and include a more recent vintage guest cottage with a bathroom and a walk-in closet. A screened enclosed sleeping porch is perched above a large koi pond, and a swimming pool surrounded by sculptural benches sits in a separate sunny clearing.

A quick spin through public property records indicates the uber-successful shutterbug owns a small luxury apartment in downtown New York City as well as at least two other homes in Los Angeles, including a 1930s Spanish set in the historic Outpost Estates neighborhood that he snapped up in 2016 for a bit more than $2.2 million.

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By Jenny Xie

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Gougeon, known for designing the curved, concrete Pasadena Presbyterian Church, studied under Conrad Buff, Cal Straub, and Donald Hensmen at the University of Southern California, and their influence can be seen in the L-shaped home’s relationship with the outdoors and engagement with its site.

Gougeon was originally commissioned by Atlantic Savings and Loan to build a larger development of midcentury residences, but only two homes were completed before the community protested his modern designs, and the bank replaced him with another architect who produced traditional ranch-style homes. The dwelling at 909 Mullaghboy Road has been restored by the current homeowner and landscape designer Antonio Aguilar, and features large stretches of glass and patio spaces that encourage indoor/outdoor living.

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