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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Pasadena post and beam with Barbara Bestor-designed kitchen seeks $1.9M

By Bianca Barragan

Located in Pasadena’s Hastings Ranch neighborhood, right up against the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, this four-bedroom post and beam home is just lovely.

Some of the home’s “continuous walls of glass” are visible from the stairs that lead to the front doors. Inside, the communal rooms are clustered together—living room, dining area, kitchen. The kitchen was recently redone by architect Barbara Bestor.

Tall clerestory windows bring light into the space from above.

The home’s bedrooms are split up, with the master suite in its own, remodeled wing of the house. The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with dual sinks.

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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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In Silver Lake, rent a landmark guesthouse designed by Schindler for $3,450/month

By Bianca Barragan

On a sloping lot off Glendale Boulevard, this 1935 guest house designed by noted Modernist Rudolph Schindler is a compact example of early modern architecture in Silver Lake. That’s according to an application filed for the property’s Historic-Cultural Landmark status, which it won in 2012.

With one bedroom and one bathroom spread out across 700 square feet, the compact dwelling, called the McAlmon guesthouse, has large, well-placed windows, a full kitchen, and a small, original brick fireplace. It has undergone “a respectful renovation by the current owner includes a complete historic recreation of its bathroom,” the listing copy says.

It has its own terrace and outdoor space, as well as a one-car garage and a driveway.

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