For $1.48M, an expansive Mt. Washington aerie with walking paths, bocce ball court

By Bianca Barragan

This artsy house stands out among a crowd of handsome homes in hilly Mt. Washington.

The expansive property includes a large main house—with high beamed ceilings and an abundance of big windows—and a 400-square-foot artist studio with French doors and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows.

There are also connections to the outdoors, including a deck off of the dining room (a great post from which to take in the spectacular views of the nearby hills) and an outdoor patio adjoining the master bedroom.

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1979 SoCal modern home with vineyard asks $3M

By Loren Ro

Location: Camarillo, California

Price: $3,049,000

This modern home was custom-designed for the Daily family by award-winning architects Conrad Buff and Donald Hensman (aka Buff & Hensman) in 1979 and has been largely untouched since then.

Combining broad horizontal lines and square volumes, the 4,328-square-foot five-bedroom sits on over three acres in Camarillo, California, and includes a one-acre boutique vineyard producing Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grapes.

The step-down great room is the focal point of the residence and boasts a double-height ceiling with expansive glazing and clerestory windows that usher in sunlight while creating a connection to the landscape. A towering fireplace anchors the living space, which is located on one end; a dining area is found on the other.

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1920s Bungalow on a Silver Lake Stair Street Asking $950K

By Pauline O’Connor

According to author Charles Fleming’s helpful and informative guidebook Secret Stairs, the hills of Silver Lake are laced with approximately 60 public staircases, dating back to the 1920s-40s, when LA was “well-served by trolleys, streetcars, buses, and light-rail systems.”

Accordingly, many homes that were built along staircase streets lack driveways and/or garages, and are accessible only via stairway, factors that can deter a fair number of house-hunters. But for those looking for something off the proverbial beaten path yet still within walking distance of shops and restaurants, a staircase-street house—such as this 1920s bungalow on Angelus Avenue now on the market—may be just the ticket.

Hidden from passers-by behind a high gate, the cottage contains two bedrooms, one bath, and an open-plan living room/dining room/kitchen area within its 832 square feet. Notable interior details include hardwood and tile floors, archways, built-ins, a living-room fireplace, and multiple French doors allowing for abundant natural light.

The property also features two spacious courtyard areas—one with a hot tub and fountain—along with a separate studio designed, per the listing, “for small scale music or film production.”

Asking price for the hillside home is $950,000. An open house is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
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In Laurel Canyon, Atomic Age modern with wild history lists for $4.5M

By Pauline O’Connor

You can find a property with an interesting history on the market in Los Angeles pretty much any day of the week, but very few are as fascinating as that of Laurel Canyon’s Wohlstetter House.

The International Modern-style home was designed by architect Josef Van der Kar in 1953. The son of Dutch immigrants, Van der Kar was a card-carrying Communist whose political activism made him a target of the House Un-American Activities Committee. The architect’s closest friends included fellow “radical” architect Gregory Ain and union organizer Henry Shire.

But surprisingly, Van der Kar’s inner circle also included neoconservative heroes Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter, a husband-wife team of foreign policy and nuclear arms strategists. A national security advisor to every president from Eisenhower to Reagan, Albert Wohlstetter was one of the inspirations for Stanley Kubrick’s nutty warmonger Dr. Strangelove.

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Median home price near Dodger Stadium: $640K

By Elijah Chiland

Baseball season is here and, with interest rates on the rise, perhaps it’s also time for a bit of home shopping. That may well be the idea behind a new report from Estately analyzing home prices around the nation’s 29 Major League Baseball stadiums.

Of those ballparks, Dodger Stadium has the fourth-highest sale prices within two miles of the field (though perhaps the relatively inexpensive ticket prices help to make up for that, if you’re the type of person who bases your homebuying decisions on proximity to live baseball).

According to the report, the median sale price near the stadium is $640,000. That’s just a little less than the $671,083 that homes near Citi Field (home of the New York Mets) command, but well under the prices around Boston’s Fenway Park and San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

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