Chic, cabin-like Topanga mini-compound seeks $995K

By Bianca Barragan

This Topanga mini-compound, which dates to 1926, is made up of two structures, each with Fleetwood sliding doors that open completely onto the decks and gardens on the property and allow for lovely, bucolic views.

One structure holds a wood-burning stove and a vast deck, plus two bedrooms—one on each level. The other holds an additional bedroom with its own fireplace.
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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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Picturesque Santa Monica Shingle style home asks $2.95M

By Elijah Chiland

Per the listing, his three-bedroom home in Santa Monica was designed by Edith Northman, who was among the first licensed female architects to set up shop in California.

Built in 1937, the exquisite Shingle style residence is perched above the street and provides terrific views across the city. The rambling 2,667-square foot home includes a dramatic great room with vaulted, beamed ceilings and wood-paneled walls. The dining room has a similar look, with a long panel of windows and a door leading to an outdoor deck.

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