Open House: Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 between 1 PM – 4 PM
201 N Layton Drive, Brentwood
Price: $ 3,950,000; HOA Dues: $ 320/mo Beds, Baths: 4 beds, 3.75 baths Floor Area: 3,613 sq. ft. Per the Listing: “First time on the market! Designed by architect Allen Siple. This private, custom home was built for the owners in 1953. Located in the gated Brentwood Circle on park-like grounds with fabulous trees. The home is on an estate sized lot of approximately 28,768 sq ft according to the assessor. This is an opportunity to build a new home, pool, perhaps tennis court–or to redo a ranch-style home. Prelim available.”
We can’t help but feel nervous for this charming time capsule, what with its listing suggesting potential buyers “build a new home” and all. Fingers crossed its second owner is someone who appreciates “Forgotten Modernist” Siple, lest he become even more forgotten.
Is the trick to making an admittedly small room look larger in photos to use a fisheye lens? It’s certainly worth a try, Craigslist ad. The quarters in question are a furnished room for rent in a Silver Lake two-bedroom where every space bears a striking resemblance to the patterns, colors, and undulations of Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is in The Heart.” The space is in a 1920s-era, two-building complex with only eight units and it comes fully furnished with a tiny closet, drawers, built-in bookshelves, “zebra fabric and much art on the walls.”
The leather chair in the room folds out into a bed, so you’re pretty much set. The kitchen and bathroom in the apartment will have to be shared with your new roommate, but the place gets cool points for being in the same complex used in a Miranda July movie (The Future), coming with an adorable dog and cat, and having a tenant who cares enough about personalizing his space to take the time to put fabric on the walls and the ceiling. The rent is just $ 700.
Hitting the market for the first time since being built in 1964 is this mid-century modern in the Royal Woods neighborhood of Sherman Oaks. While the five-bedroom, three-bath residence is definitely in need of a sensitive update (its remuddled kitchen is especially painful to contemplate), it’s not hard to envision it becoming quite a snazzy showplace. Among its many strong selling points are high ceilings, period light fixtures, a custom terrazzo entry, a wet bar, (some) original tile and countertops, built-ins, walls of glass, a swimming pool, and spectacular Valley and mountain views. Last but not least, it’s sited on a 1.19-acre lot. Asking price is a bidding-war-inciting $ 1.399 million.
This incredible house, sited on a 1.6-acre hilltop lot in Monterey Park, was designed by architect Pierre Koenig, who’s most famous for his Case Study Houses Nos. 21 (aka the Bailey House) and 22 (aka the iconic Stahl House). His Iwata House was built in 1963 for a Dr. and Mrs. Iwata and never once changed hands over the years. The house is spread out over nearly 5,000 square feet and was originally built with six bedrooms that were later converted to four larger rooms; “Can be put back easily,” assures the listing. The immense kitchen, like the rest of the interior, has been remodeled, and now includes two islands and fancy appliances. Outside, there’s a saltwater pool and a barbecue/entertainment nook. The asking price is $ 1.888 million.
The most early-nineties house ever finally sold! Way back in 2007 we brought you this aggressively gray-and-stainless-steel house in Silver Lake when it was asking $ 1.399 million, and we all had a good laugh. The house has two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms (the master bath has a urinaland mood lighting), commercial appliances, and exposed ductwork. It didn’t sell. Then this past December it was back, chopped all the way down to $ 879,000. Well, either the nineties are back or the market hasn’t calmed down as much as we thought because the place just sold for a teeny bit over asking–$ 880,000.
On Friday, HGTV took an hour of our lives to ask the realtors from the Selling LA/Selling New York franchises, “What was the best place you ever sold?” These are the homes chosen by the realtors from the Valerie Fitzgerald Group.
Agent: Valerie Fitzgerald, Valerie Fitzgerald Group Best Place: 1754 Sunset Plaza Drive Features: 11,000 sq. ft., 6 bedrooms, 12 baths, 3 pools, 2 gourmet kitchens Sale Price: $ 14.9 million (has not sold) Why: The owner/developer Richard Tuil turned a 2,000 sq.ft. house into Villa Alegra – an 11,000 sq.ft. “Venitian” behemoth. Valerie explains that she almost had a buyer, a couple from France, who was willing to offer $ 11 million in cash. However, Richard bitch slapped the offer away, taking it as an insult. Therefore, Valerie didn’t actually sell it, but she still hopes to, eventually. More on the home here and here.
Agent: Dominique Jeramaz, Valerie Fitzgerald Group Best Place: 1957 Coldwater Canyon Drive Features: 4,000 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, pool, three fireplaces Sale Price: $ 2.33 million (in 2007) Why: The home was originally sold by Dominique to her father, who then upgraded the home and resold it in 2007. In her voice-over, Dominique notes: “From the minute you walk in the front door of this home, you’re transcended back to the 1950s, but kind of in a cooler way… maybe?” Maybe indeed, Dominique. Maybe, indeed.
Agent: Nicole Contreras, Valerie Fitzgerald Group Best Place: 10776 Wilshire Boulevard, Penthouse Unit Features:5,700 sq. ft., 3 beds, 4.5 baths, Sale Price: $ 10.5 million (in 2011) Why: Nicole sold this one in 2011, and chooses it as the best place she ever sold because the people that live there are really happy. Nice. The unit has an open kitchen and expansive views throughout. The master bedroom is set in its own wing of the penthouse, and features his and hers walk in closets with a combined square footage of 800 sq. ft. Nicole deems it very luxurious.
For those of you interested in seeing the homes chosen by Marisa Zanuck and Rebekah Schwartz of Hilton & Hyland, the full episode is available for viewing on the HGTV web site.