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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Bidding for adorable Spanish-style in Pasadena will start at $749K

By Bianca Barragan

The curb appeal is strong with this 1927 Spanish-style house in northeast Pasadena: A white facade and red-tile roof combined with drought-tolerant landscaping are textbook Southern California.

The interior is dotted with wooden doors and “original hardware,” like a wrought iron chandelier in the dining room. In a charming, old-timey touch, the living room’s high, beamed ceilings appear to be decoratively painted. There are two baths and three bedrooms, and one has its own attached sunroom and built-in shelves.

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Staples Center architect lists post and beam in woodsy setting for $2.495M

Tucked into Calabasas’s Monte Nido neighborhood, this lovely, circa-1970s post and beam residence blends into the native oak trees that surround it. Designed by Malibu architect Douglas Rucker, it was recently renovated by Staples Center architect Dan Meis, who is also the current owner.

The single-story house employs walls of glass, skylights, and clerestory windows to bring the outdoors in. The wood-heavy interiors plus the tree grove views give the house a very cabin-like feel, but updates keep things fresh.

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Charming 1926 storybook in Fairfax asks $1.3M

By Bianca Barragan

Located in Fairfax just west of La Brea and Melrose, this storybook house was just been restored with “careful attention to the original charm.”

There’s no shortage of it. The two-bedroom house features a Dutch front door, coved ceilings in the living room an dining room, a working fireplace, and diamond-paned windows. To add extra whimsy, attic space has been built out and outfitted with skylights. It could serve as guest quarters or a home office.

The residence’s redone kitchen features a farmhouse sink and a sunny breakfast nook with cute built-ins.

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