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 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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Partner Michael Locke’s Silver Lake Bohemia

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Congratulations to our Partner Michael Locke on his new book “Silver Lake Bohemia: A History”. In his book, Michael Locke and Vincent Brook chronicle the people and places that helped make Silver Lake the bohemian epicenter of Los Angeles. We are proud of his accomplishment!

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This Historic L.A. Home Is On the Market for $2.5 Million

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By Jennifer Tzeses

More than 1,000 buildings in Los Angeles are designated Historic-Cultural Monuments, marking a significant contribution to the history of the city. And now you could own one of them. Built by architect R. M. Schindler in 1925, the James Eads Howe House has a garden by Richard Neutra, making it a rare collaboration of two great minds as well as a protected site. Considered one of Schindler’s most important works, the Silver Lake, California, home is situated on a hillside, with the communal living areas on the top level and the bedrooms below. Its design, featuring interlocking shapes and varying volumes, was quite progressive for the time. Inside the redwood residence, the two-story living room has paneling on the ceiling and walls, while the dining room includes a large picture window and a fireplace. There’s also an updated kitchen and a den with another fireplace and a massive window that wraps around a corner of the room. Beneath the cantilevered roof is an outdoor dining terrace with views of the mountains and ocean. Listed for $2.5 million, this 2,426-square-foot home has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Contact: deasy/penner&partners; 310-867-0847

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Hollywood Hills Midcentury Once Belonged to Ava Gardner

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By Bianca Barragan

This 1959 house in the Hollywood Hills was designed by noted midcentury architect Ed Fickett, but it also has a celebrity connection. The house was the LA home of actress Ava Gardner beginning in the 1960s. Listing agent Kate Blackwood tells Curbed that Gardner’s ownership of the house was confirmed by the Ava Gardner Museum.

The house measures approximately 2,660 square feet and opens onto a living room with walls of glass, exposed beam ceilings, and a floor-to-ceiling rock fireplace.

The master bedroom features a cool blue-tiled bathroom with a unique concrete tub and sleek wooden shelving. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in all.

The double lot property is over 10,000 square feet. The yard behind the house has a sturdy if simple tree house and steps down to a grassy area with a shaded deck. The list price is $1.995 million.

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