Posts Tagged ‘Modern’

Curbed – City of Angles: Be the Second-Ever Owner of Architect Earl G. Richards’s Sharp Mid-Century Modern in Crestwood Hills

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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.

· 730 Rochedale Way [Estately]

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Curbed – That’s Rather Lovely: Beautiful Mid-Century Modern in Glendale Asking $819k

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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.

· 3161 GLENCREST Dr [Redfin]

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Curbed – Weekend Open House: Pretty Decent Mid-Century Modern with Celebrity Pedigree

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Open House: Sunday, March 23, 2014 between 2 PM – 5 PM

2055 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills

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…”

· 2055 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 [Redfin]
· Ali Adler: Happy Place [Domaine]

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Curbed – Under $500k Club: Remodeled NoHo Modern By Palmer & Krisel Asking $499k

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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.

· 12748 W Hartland St [Estately]

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Curbed – Weekend Open House: Hal Levitt’s Mt. Olympus Modern Returns With Giant Price Hike

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

2200 Hercules Dr. from Martorana Productions on Vimeo.

Open House: Sunday, December 1, 2013, between 1 PM – 4 PM

2200 Hercules Dr, Mt. Olympus
Price: $ 3,495,000
Beds, Bath: 3 beds, 3.5 baths
Floor Area: 3,441 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: “Designed by renowned architect Hal Levitt, designer of some of the most significant Mid-Century modern residences, a number of which have been owned by a Whos Who of famous celebrities. This home boasts an open floor plan with walls of glass and spectacular city and ocean views. Situated on a corner lot and completely redone and modernized. Soaring ceilings combined with floor to ceiling sliders & southern exposure maximize the dramatic views. On a quiet street but just minutes from the heart of the Sunset Strip. Remodeled to enhance the indoor/outdoor lifestyle it is an entertainment showplace as well as an opportunity to own a piece of Los Angeles’ architectural history.”

The pictures available online don’t show the upgrades done to the house since we last featured it in December of last year, so please enjoy the comprehensive video from Agent 90046 exploring the ins and outs of the remodel. For those of you opposed to bath tubs in bedrooms, prepare to poke your eyes out with a sharp pencil. The home last sold for $ 1,725,000 on February 28th of this year.
· 2200 Hercules Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90046 [Redfin]
· Beyonce Video Hal Levitt Hits the Market in Mt. Olympus [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Video Interlude: LA Aqueduct: “The Beginning of the Modern American West”

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

On the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which brought water to give us sprawling green lawns, swimming pools, and the lazy river at Raging Waters, Boom Magazine remembers how it all started in this short video. With all the anti-city, anti-infrastructure, anti-government crazy talk from certain members of society, will we ever see anything so grand built again?
· Boom magazine takes on the Los Angeles Aqueduct [YouTube]

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The Real Estalker – Aziz Ansari Nabs 1960s City View Modern

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

BUYER: Aziz Ansari
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $ 2,687,000
SIZE: 3,016 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: As with yesterday’s discussion, we have plugged-in real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak and the ever-so-powerfully well-informed Lucy Spillerguts to thank for today’s discussion about dernier cri stand-up comedian and actor Aziz Ansari who has popped his real estate cherry with the $ 2,687,000 off-market acquisition of a Asian-inspired contemporary post-and-beam confection custom built in the late 1960s by an associate of the venerable Buff and Hensman firm in L.A.’s celeb-filled Los Feliz area.*

Mister Ansari, thirty years old and Indian by ethnicity but a born and raised native of South Carolina, is probably best known to the television-watching world for his role as the over-confident underachiever Tom Haverford on the the sitcom Parks and Recreation. The suit-favoring food aficionado has also popped up in a number of movies (I Love You Man, Get Him to the Greek, 30 Minutes or Less) and a handful of boob-toob programs (Reno 911, Scrubs). He still works the stand-up tour circuit and his latest (and third) comedy special, Buried Alive, was released last week on Netflix. We’ve seen it. We laughed. We loved it. Anyways…

Listing details that the ever-resourceful Yolanda dug up on the interenets and kindly forwarded to Your Mama indicates the painstakingly angular two-story house, which has a not-so-vague and certainly on-purpose resemblance to a bird in flight, has four bedrooms and three bathrooms in 3,016 square feet of mid-century modern-era interior space that’s all but pickled in architectural amber with many if not most details and fixtures solidly intact.

A circular drive passes under a decoratively screened porte-cochere that does double-duty as the residence’s two-car carport. Locked gates on either side of the carport open to high-walled courtyards, one lushly planted with a raised lounging deck and the other a perfect dog run with a wee patch of tree-shaded and sun-dappled grass.

The essentially symmetrical layout of the main floor revolves around a center hall foyer with (yummy) charcoal-colored terrazzo floors and an open-tread floating staircase that’s sure to baffle boozy-eyed users. Under a deep exterior overhang a thrillingly tall wall of windows fills the room with ambient natural light.

A cook-friendly center island kitchen, on axis directly behind the foyer, still has the original oil-rubbed walnut cabinetry but has been lightly (and sensibly) upgraded with engineered stone counter tops and high-grade, up-to-date appliances. The kitchen is flanked on one side by a roomy parquet-floored living/dining room anchored by a huge fireplace and a wall of built-in bookshelves topped by triangular clerestory windows and on the other by a slightly smaller but also parquet-floor den/study/dining/family room. Both spaces have voluminous, steep-pitched vaulted ceilings and connect through wall-wide banks of sliding glass doors to the outdoor entertaining areas that run along the back of the house.

As best as Your Mama can tell all three of the guest/family bedrooms are located on the second floor along with a lone hall bathroom and an airy master bedroom defined by a high-pitched vaulted ceiling and an solid wall of glass that opens to a private deck with panoramic views over Hollywood and Los Angeles. The attached master bathroom appears to be an extraordinarily well-maintained vintage affair but is—at least for Your Mama, anyways—entirely too earth tonal in its palette. The children will note a chocolate brown wall-mounted telephone next to the crapper. Once upon a time, a wall-mounted phone next to the toilet was a convenient, hotel-style extravagance but nowadays, thanks to mobile phones, is charmingly obsolete.

Both the living room and the den/study/family room open through wide glass sliders to entertainment terraces tucked under deep and soaring eaves. Off the living room there’s an outdoor living room/lounge and off the den there’s a dining area with built-in barbecue. A deck extends the outdoor living areas out beyond the eaves and around a swimming pool and separate, circular spa. A short but wide row of hedges preserves privacy from the street and houses below but still allows for sweeping city and sky views.

*Iffin we’re being honest—and we always are—we’d confess that we really don’t know if this is the first house Mister Ansari has ever purchased. Alls we really know, butter beans, is that this is the first house this property gossip knows Mister Ansari to have bought. Okay? Okay.


listing photos: Hollywood Hills Homes

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