The Art & Design of the HollyHock House

This week, we tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House – the first house he designed in Los Angeles. Built in the early 1920’s for bohemian oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, this stunning house reopened to the public in 2015 after a five-year restoration.

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Bright South Pasadena loft with oak floors seeks $795K

By Bianca Barragan

This 1,200-square-foot live/work loft in South Pasadena is located on the first floor of the Ostrich Farm complex, so named because the complex sits on the site of the former Cawston Ostrich Farm.

The bright corner apartment features floor-to-ceiling windows and wonderful oak floors. The kitchen holds Viking appliances and what looks like a butcher-block-topped island.

There’s no wanting for storage space. Added built-in create a mini-library area in the loft, and a trio of closets offer space for clothes and a convenient hiding spot for the stacked, in-unit laundry machines. If that’s not enough, there’s an additional private storage unit, too.

The lone bathroom just received the full marble treatment from the glass-walled shower stall to the countertop of the double vanity. The master bedroom is set up near a sliding glass door that opens out onto a patio and the complex’s communal green space. The unit also comes with two reserved parking spaces.

Last sold in 2006 for $670,000, the airy loft is now asking $795,000. HOA dues are $335 per month.

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TV writer Neal Baer buys former home of nuclear strategists for $4.35 million

By Rachel Spacek

Multi-Emmy-nominated writer and producer Neal Baer has shelled out $4.35 million for a Hollywood Hills West home rooted in the atomic age.

The Midcentury Modern-style home was designed in 1945 by Josef Van der Kar and named the Wohlstetter House for original owners and nuclear arms strategists Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter.

Set down a gated driveway, the 2,754-square-foot house has wide sliding glass doors that open to gardens, terraces and courtyards. The living-dining room has cork floors, a fireplace and movable panels that open to the kitchen.

Three bedrooms and three baths make up the main house. Also on the property is a detached guest house that overlooks a giant Koi pond and sleeping porch. The separate structure includes a bath and extra storage.

Albert Wohlstetter was an influential nuclear strategist during the Cold War. Roberta Wohlstetter’s analysis of the intelligence failures before the attack on Pearl Harbor was cited by the Sept. 11 Commission. The Wohlstetters served as advisors to both Republican and Democratic presidential administrations including John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile crisis. They received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Ronald Reagan in 1985.

Baer is best known for his work on the television dramas “ER” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

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In Pasadena, Storybook cottage with mountain views seeks $620K

By Bianca Barragan

This petite two-bedroom charmer looks like it’s been plucked straight out of a fairytale.

Original wood-framed windows and whitewashed textured brick give this 900-square-foot home a very English countryside appearance, but it’s actually located on a nice residential street in northeast Pasadena.

Inside, there’s a bright living room with an eye-catching fireplace, a compact but ample kitchen, and a breakfast nook with bench seating. There’s only one bathroom, and it appears newly updated.

The house’s detached garage has been converted into a bonus room, which the current owners use as an office. Between both spaces is a rustic backyard and a redwood deck.

The house is listed for $620,000.

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TV Writer-Producer Neal Baer Buys Photog’s House in Hollywood Hills

By Mark David

Always impeccably informed real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak sent word that pediatrician-turned-multiple-Emmy-nominated writer-producer Neal Baer has shelled out $4.35 million for a in the Hollywood Hills sold by celebrated celebrity photographer Cliff Watts, who has snapped memorable images of a slew of A-listers including Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, James Franco and Javier Bardem.

Concealed behind massive gates with three bedrooms and two bathrooms in not quite 2,800 square feet, the International Style residence was designed in the mid-1950s by card-carrying Communist architect Josef Van der Kar for arch-conservative nuclear arms strategists Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter. So the story goes, the Wohlstetters, who served as advisers to both Republican and Democratic administrations, including that of John F. Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis, once had a secured phone line directly from the house to the Oval Office.

The combination living-dining room has cork floors, a fireplace and broad expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that lead to a cantilevered wraparound deck. Discreet sliding panels cleverly open or close off the compact, carefully restored kitchen. There are two bedrooms and a hall bath on the upper floor, and a corkscrew staircase curls down to the lower level where a freestanding fireplace is all that divides a window-lined den from the master bedroom. The lush grounds include graveled pathways, towering stands of bamboo and a screened sleeping porch alongside a picturesque koi pond. A detached guest cottage offers a fireplace, bathroom and walk-in closet. A swimming pool is set into a sunny clearing with sculptural concrete benches and a colorful, Mondrian-inspired enclosure for pool equipment.

The longtime showrunner for “Law & Order: SVU,” whose upcoming medical drama “The Beast” was picked up by Fox earlier this year, owns at least two other homes in Los Angeles. In addition to a hillside house above Bronson Canyon he’s owned since 1998, he maintains an A. Quincy Jones designed mid-century modern residence in Brentwood that has a head-on view of the Getty Center.

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