Take a Peek at the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences

Today, we take a peek at the VDL Research house built by Viennese-American architect Richard Neutra and his son Dion Neutra. Located on Silverlake Boulevard, across from the Silver Lake Reservoir and Meadow, the house was Neutra’s family home and studio for nearly three decades. The house is currently owned by Cal Poly Pomona and maintained by its College of Environmental Design. In 2017, the Neutra VDL House was named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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By Jenny Xie

Built in 1963 by architect John Andre Gougeon, this two-bedroom, three-bath property in Glendora, California, embodies the trajectory of postwar architecture in the East San Gabriel Valley.

Gougeon, known for designing the curved, concrete Pasadena Presbyterian Church, studied under Conrad Buff, Cal Straub, and Donald Hensmen at the University of Southern California, and their influence can be seen in the L-shaped home’s relationship with the outdoors and engagement with its site.

Gougeon was originally commissioned by Atlantic Savings and Loan to build a larger development of midcentury residences, but only two homes were completed before the community protested his modern designs, and the bank replaced him with another architect who produced traditional ranch-style homes. The dwelling at 909 Mullaghboy Road has been restored by the current homeowner and landscape designer Antonio Aguilar, and features large stretches of glass and patio spaces that encourage indoor/outdoor living.

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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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Home of the Week: Pasadena modern takes bold concepts to new heights

By Neal J. Leitereg

Visual drama at this Pasadena modern begins at the entry, where a towering wall of glass extends up the smooth wide front of the home. Inside, a floating steel-and-wood staircase and an elevator are used to navigate each of the four levels. Curved exterior patios take advantage of the leafy setting below.

The details

Location: 940 Burleigh Drive, Pasadena, 91105

Asking price: $2.2 million

Built: 1996

House size: 3,538 square feet, three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

Lot size: 9,610 square feet

Features: Walls of glass; hardwood and Travertine floors; vaulted ceilings; four-story floating steel staircase; elevator; open-plan common rooms; galley-style kitchen with wine cooler and breakfast bar; top-floor master suite; patio with curved bench seating; formal landscaping

About the area: In the 91105 ZIP Code, based on 11 sales, the median sales price in April was $1.186 million, according to CoreLogic. That was a 17.4% decrease in price compared with the same month the previous year.

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