It’s that time again for us to decide which was the best home of the year. 2013 was a great year for architectural listings in Los Angeles and it was hard to narrow the picks to these 9 homes. I’ve blogged about so many great houses this year, but the following are my favorites. Please vote for your favorite at the bottom!
2508 Lake View Avenue Los Angeles, CA 900369 2 BD/ 1 BA $795,000
This stunning Silver Lake mini-compound hidden from the street offers a salt water pool and exceptional views! Sited on an 8,632 square foot lot, this 1,026 square foot two bedroom one bathroom home boasts a lush flat green lawn surrounded by a tall fence and mature plants and trees. Multiple outdoor seating areas are sprinkled throughout the property, many secluded from one another and each with its own magical feel.
At the heart of the home the living room features a barrel ceiling and barrel entryway to the dining room. These two adjoining rooms are spacious and quite open. At the opposite end of the living room, the family room is accessed through french doors, with three walls of windows, this room receives abundant light.
The formal dining room features original 1920′s crown molding and baseboards, as do the two bedrooms. Here a wall of windows let in plenty of light and offers an entry point to the surrounding patios, lawn and garden.
The chef’s kitchen renovation includes thick marble counters, an apron front sink, stainless steel appliances and a slate floor.
The two bedrooms in this home are modestly sized and offer views to the gardens.
The bathroom is tiled in vintage black and white tile.
Outside the pool house over looks the converted salt water pool and is spacious enough to be used as a studio or home office.
The terraced backyard offers plenty of places for tucked away seating areas among the landscaping.
An enchanted garden home in eclectic Silver Lake, this property offers fantastic gardens, views and is close to all that the neighborhood has to offer.
Listing courtesy of Crystal Heatherly, Deasy Penner & Partners
2445 Riverside Place Los Angeles, CA 90039 3 BD/ 3 BA $699,000
Originally built in 1927, this 1,447 square foot home has been meticulously renovated by Indian Summer Investments. This terrific hillside home combines modern amenities, vintage beauty and amazing views. Views of Northeast Los Angeles and the mountains beyond can be seen through the home’s large picture windows found throughout.
Refinished white oak floors run the length of the living room through to the kitchen in this open concept home.
3884 Fredonia Drive, Unit F Los Angeles, CA 90068 2 BD/3 BA
I am pleased to present my newest listing: a gorgeous two-story unit in the Lorenzo Tedesco designed Skyline Townhomes complex. This beautiful architectural building has a great rustic mid-century vibe accentuated on the exterior with a combination of a wood shingled facade, steel highlights and a pop of bright blue on the railings. The main floor of the unit is punctuated with floor to ceiling steel-cased windows surrounding a wood-burning fireplace. The living room is expansive, featuring abundant wall space, a private balcony and is open to the dining room and kitchen.
Among the trees, enjoy a terrific balcony with private outdoor space just off of the living room.
1900 Hollyvista Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027 3 BD/ 2 BA $1,095,000
Dubbed the “Tree House” this exceptional 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom residence offers walls of glass with panoramic views encompassing city lights and ocean vistas. Originally built in 1953 by Riley and Levamas, Architects, this 1,348 square foot residence is situated securely on a bluff in the winding streets of Franklin Hills in Los Feliz. Outside a front view, covered balcony stretches fully across one side of the home with a glass balustrade and steel supports.
Those same steel supports traverse the ceiling inside in a traditional post and beam style. The living room incorporates a fireplace on one end and is open to the dining area. Expansive floor to ceiling windows bath all surfaces in this open concept home with a flood of natural light.
2535 East Chevy Chase Drive Glendale, CA 91206 5 BD/ 2.75 BA $1,650,000
One of Lloyd Wright’s, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, greatest achievements is the Derby House. Set in Glendale on 1.5 acre lot, it features meandering paths through lush greenscapes and an exterior of cast concrete block with yucca plant inspired theme. Built in 1926 for businessman James Derby, the current owners have meticulously kept up with the preservation of the house, and in fact many of the same plants, including the Lloyd Wright’s original blue gum trees still surround the property.
Inside this commanding house, the living room is an open, dramatic double story space which features a grand fireplace detailed with nature inspired iron gates. The cast concrete block is brought inside on the surrounding mantel.
3825 Shannon Road Los Angeles, CA 90027 4 BD/ 2.5 BA $1,495,000
Located north of Los Feliz Boulevard on the edge of Griffith Park, this 1950 built home has been painstakingly restored and updated from top to bottom by Michael Pinto Design, Principal at Osborn. Features of this complete restoration include newer electrical, insulation and roof. Midcentury meets modern in this residence boasting a curved glass block dining area and gorgeous open spaces accented by walnut cabinets, vaulted ceilings and wide-plank white oak flooring throughout.
Expansive windows provide 180 degree canyon views, while clerestory windows spanning the living room let in plenty of indirect north light. At 2,446 square feet this home has two wood burning fireplaces, an updated tankless water heater and is wired for sound.
From Echo Park to Venice and beyond, under-utilized lots are being transformed under LA’s Small Lot Ordinance into communities of single family residences. The Small-Lot Ordinance, adopted in 2005, changed the Municipal Code to allow for zoning of multiple single family residences on parcels of land traditionally used for apartment and condominium construction.
The benefit of the Small Lot Ordinance for homeowners is that homes share no common walls, there are no HOA dues (there is a small maintenance fee to handle a few common services like trash collection, for example), and the land below each home is owned by each respective homeowner. The city’s goal is provide denser SFR housing, less sprawl, and more micro neighborhoods less dependent on transportation by automobile.
One of the newest Small Lot Ordinance Developments in the West Hollywood area is Row3 (pictured above and below), a collection of 19 single family homes, developed by Newport-based Intracorp. They take a “higher end” spin on the small-lot.
“We are very pleased to offer single family detached housing in West Hollywood under the city of Los Angeles small lot ordinance. It has allowed us to offer quality detached housing with convenient direct two car access, multiple bedrooms, luxury finishes and roof top decks with no HOA dues or common walls between units,” stated Peter Lauener, Regional President.
2101 Park Drive Los Angeles, CA 90026 2 BD/ 2.5 BA $925,000
Built in 1950 by esteemed architect Fred F. Kreipl, the Buchanan Residence offers views of Elysian Park on one of the best streets in the Echo Park Hills. This Mid-century home is situated on a 9,965 square foot lot with ample outdoor space, including a custom geometric concrete patio and beautiful, generous interior spaces, all with sweeping windows.
Impeccably maintained, this 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath time capsule is on the market for the first time. The living room features a fireplace, hardwood floors and connects to the dining room. Full paneled glass french doors lead out to the patio.
4872 Eldred Street Los Angeles, CA 90042 2 BD/ 1.75 BA $496,000
Defining indoor/outdoor living this newly listed property is situated on an elevated lot with an oversized front yard and a wide deck that extends the length of the home. Offering views of Highland Park, this artistic home built in 1921 has been fully renovated over the past two years with many upgrades such as an electric gate and a smartly designed kitchen with antique accents.
The flat front yard features an area for dining, gardening and a fire pit for entertaining. The large, low front patio is a perfect place to perch and enjoy the paper.