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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Schindler’s Early Masterpiece: The James Eads How House in Silver Lake, $2.5M

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By Philip Ferrato

Where: 2422 Silver Ridge Avenue, Silver Lake
Asking: $2,500,000
What: One of Los Angeles’ most important surviving Modernist houses, Rudolf Schindler built this powerful composition of interlocking spaces for railroad heir James Eads How in 1925. Created from redwood beams, poured concrete, stucco and delicate window frames with mitered glass corners, the property was meticulously restored in the mid-2000s by LA’s serial architecture collector/restorer Michael LaFetra.

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