Per its listing description, this eye-catching mid-century modern in Los Feliz’s Franklin Hills was built by a USC architecture prof and two of his students, “one of whom was Frank Gehry.” Sited on a 5,000-square-foot lot near the Shakespeare Bridge and Marshall High School, the house features three bedrooms, two baths, vaulted beamed ceilings, slate and hardwood floors, clerestory windows, a gas fireplace, a saltwater lap pool with spa, and a two-car garage. The copy also mentions a bonus room with private deck on a separate level that’s “part of original build but not part of permitted square footage.” Last sold in 2003 for $ 780,000, it’s now asking $ 1.399 million.
Location: 32551 Azores Rd, Dana Point Price: $ 2,860,000 Size: 3,817 sq. ft. on 0.25 acres
Designed by Harold B. Zook, AIA in 1966, this lovely house offers some gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. As is typical of what we’ve seen from other Zook designed homes, there are large wall of glass bringing together the inside and outside. From the listing: “Large windows and doors of glass, voluminous rooms, and striking open spaces showcase spectacular panoramic ocean views, including beach and whitewater waves crashing below the Ritz Carlton. The home is ideally situated on a quiet and premium location in Monarch Bay Terrace and retains design elements of a bygone era but recently updated with modern conveniences preferred for today.” The furniture is kind of a mess, but the bones of the house look pretty good — just imagine your pricey furniture and bean bag chairs in there.
Price: $ 2,275,000 Beds, Baths: 4 beds, 3 baths Floor Area: 2,639 sq. ft. Per the Listing: “Stylish Mid-Century home with well-articulated architectural elements creating strong visual interest. Extensively remodeled with surfaces and materials that honor the integrity of the period yet facilitate the demands of contemporary living. Open and balanced floor plan, inside/outside living, abundant sunlight and ocean breezes. A true 4 bedroom, graciously proportioned den/playroom/multi-purpose/formal living room. Inspiring classic California garden entry. Wide and deep backyard with full-sized salt water + solar heated swimming pool. Modest ocean views.”
It’s a very, very handsome property. Too bad about those “modest” ocean views, though. Per the LA Times archives, the home was advertised as one of those state-of-the-art Medallion Homes built during the ’50s and ’60s, boasting all electrical appliances and hookups. The homes came with a little circular gold plaque emblazoned with the outline of a family and the motto “Live Better Electrically.” Apartment Therapy did a nice write up on the homes several years ago, and there’s also a YouTube video of one of the original Medallion Home commercials.
Located in the architectural Candyland known as Crestwood Hills (in Brentwood), this woodsy modern was designed in 1956 by architect Earl G. Richards as his family residence, and, per the listing, has never been on the market before. The 2,316-square-foot house features three bedrooms, two and a half baths, high ceilings, two fireplaces, clerestory windows, cork floors, walls of glass, built-ins galore, and a “large wood deck.” Sited on a .39-acre lot, it’s asking $ 1.65 million.
Here’s an architectural gem from the Jewel City: Glendale. Built in 1954, the Asian-influenced modern features three bedrooms, two baths—including one with a “private terrarium”—vaulted, beamed ceilings, a brick fireplace, herringbone-pattern wood floors, an “outdoor family room [that] can only be reached via sky bridge from the main house,” a view deck, updated copper plumbing, and a detached two-car garage. Sited on a .31-acre lot near the Oakmont Country Club, the 1,915-square-foot house is listed at $ 819,000.
Price: $ 1,990,000 Beds, Baths: 3 beds, 3 baths Floor Area: 2,459 sq. ft. Per the Listing: “Classic 1962 Mid-Century, tastefully & thoughtfully restored for today’s modern lifestyle. This stunning property embodies the best of the California lifestyle w/ an open, airy floor plan, vaulted ceilings & walls of sliding glass. Sleek lines & architectural details compliment the original terrazzo floors. Stainless steel kitchen w/ restored cabinetry, caeasarstone counters & built-in breakfast nook. Chic living room w/ its original, stunning travertine fireplace. Bonus separate media/family room, Master suite w/ walk-in cedar lined closet & 2 additional bedroom suites. Surround sound & skylights throughout. The master & all public rooms slide open to the recently landscaped backyard which features a large glass-walled pool & private spa. Tranquil & peaceful setting near the end of the cul-de-sac on a flat street in BHPO. Situated in between Coldwater Cyn Park & Franklin Cyn Park w/ its serene hiking trails. Minutes from the heart of Beverly Hills in the Warner Ave School district.”
This well groomed house has quite a history of being home to various industry folks, including actor-heir Balthazar Getty, director Jason Reitman, and the current owner Glee/New Normal writer/producer Ali Adler. Adler spoke about the home, which she moved into shortly after her breakup with Sara Gilbert, to Domaine: “It was the purity of architecture in the post and beam living room that first caught Adler’s attention: “It has that whole Julius Shulman, Palm Springs feel,” she explains of the aesthetic draw, “and since it’s up in the hills, it also feels like a beautiful cabin at summer camp.” Adler furnished the space with furniture that spoke to her Danish modern sensibilities, and accented with dynamic touches…”
Between 1950 and 1966, the architecture firm of Dan Palmer and William Krisel designed about 4,000 houses in the San Fernando Valley, including this mid-century modern located on a cul de sac in western North Hollywood. Per its listing, the 2,085-square-foot residence has been enlarged since being built in 1954; permitted additions “include an upstairs master suite and spacious dining room.” Sited on a 7,478-square-foot lot, it features five bedrooms, three baths, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, clerestory windows, a stone fireplace, copper plumbing, drought-tolerant landscaping, and a not-so-drought-tolerant swimming pool. Last sold for $ 282,000 in 2002, it’s now listed at the bidding-war-inciting price of $ 499,000.