Glamorous Mediterranean-style house replete with original ’20s details seeks $4.3M

By Bianca Barragan

Located up in the Los Feliz hills, this nearly 5,500-square-foot residence dates to 1924. Designed by architect Charles Kyson, it features beautiful beamed ceilings, wrought iron details, a library with a built-in humidor, and imported Della Robbia tiles.

The house’s former organ room has been converted into a wine cellar, but its dining room—disassembled in England and reassembled in Los Feliz, including the stained glass—has remained intact. (The organ in the old organ room was built to accompany the movies being screened in the living room, the listing says.)

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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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One of Neutra’s Strathmore Apartments in Westwood can be yours for $815K

By Bianca Barragan

Always wanted to live in a landmark? Here’s your chance. A unit in Richard Neutra’s Strathmore Apartments has come up for sale. This two-bedroom residence is one of four condo-style units in the Westwood complex.

 The National Parks Service has called the building, “one of California’s highest quality examples of a courtyard garden apartment complex designed in the International Style.”

All the apartments are organized around a landscaped central garden. This front unit features large, steel casement windows that take in the light wonderfully. The residence also contains its original hardwood floors and timeless bathroom tile.

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Dramatic contemporary in the San Rafael hills asking $2.2M

By Pauline O’Connor

The quantity and variety of interesting architecture packed into Pasadena’s 22.5 square miles never ceases to amaze. This singular specimen can be found on Burleigh Drive in the city’s Linda Vista neighborhood.

Originally built in 1996, the imposing modern has just emerged from a thorough makeover overseen by architectural designer Giang Hoang.

Measuring 3,538 square feet, the curvilinear residence spans four levels, which are accessible either by a floating staircase or an elevator. On the bottom level is a home theater/game room with built-in bar, while the top floor is occupied by the master suite.

The house has three bedrooms and three and a half baths total, and features wide-plank oak floors, walls of glass, Thermador appliances, quartz countertops, multi-zoned HVAC, a tankless water heater, a new roof, and new landscaping.

On a 9,610-square-foot lot, it’s listed with an asking price of $2.2 million. Open house is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Minimal Glendora midcentury modern asking $889K

By Bianca Barragan

This delightful midcentury modern take on the ranch house was designed by architect John Andre Gougeon, whose other notable works include the fantastic 1975 Pasadena Presbyterian Church on Colorado Boulevard.

Located in the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora, the two-bedroom house was built in 1963. It was designed to be part of a larger development, but it was only one of two homes that were ultimately constructed.

“Extensive” glass walls and high, clerestory windows in the house keep the minimal space looking open. The use of wood throughout keeps things from feeling sterile.

The master bedroom has access to the backyard and a lovely, step-down tiled tub in the spacious master bathroom. The L-shaped house’s placement on a corner lot “reflects [Gougeon’s] architectural training under USC’s Conrad Buff, Cal Straub, and Donald Hensman,” says the listing, referring to the namesakes of the noted Pasadena architectural firm Buff, Straub and Hensman.

The showpiece last sold in 2011 for $540,000. It’s now listed at $889,000.

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