Wow, time really flies these days….it’s that time again for us to decide which was the best home of 2014. This was a great year for architectural listings in Los Angeles and it was hard to narrow the picks to just these 11 homes. I’ve blogged about so many great houses this year, but the following are my favorites. Please vote for yours at the bottom!
Here are this year’s nominees:
332 N Avenue 66
2325 Vestal Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90026 3 BD/ 2.5 BA $1,395,000
Built in 1907, by Gordon Ray Young, a novelist and LA Times literary critic, this estate is situated on nearly 2/3 an acre, sitting proudly at the top of Echo Park with sweeping city and mountain views. This unique compound is comprised of a Craftsman main house which includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a one bedroom, one bathroom guest house, built in 1926.
Polished wood floors run throughout the living room which features a river rock wood burning fireplace. Wall to wall picture windows take in the views of Echo Park, Silver Lake and beyond.
1023 W Kensington Road
Built in 1921 and located on a wide street in Echo Park’s Angelino Heights neighborhood, this renovated Art + Crafts home stands out from the rest. In a predominantly historic home haven, this charming residence is newly painted and landscaped. Featuring a concrete driveway with brick paver accents, the lush green lawn is open and inviting.
Directly off of the entry is the sophisticated living room, with crisp white moldings and off-white walls. The original Batchelder fireplace is charming and the dark wood floors add depth and run throughout the home.
The formal dining room interjects the timeless details that are expected in homes from this time period, gorgeous moldings and built-in hutches.
New to market today is this stylishly modern California bungalow which has been reinvented by renowned Los Angeles architect, Barbara Bestor. Striking in a rich navy blue with crisp white details, this 2 bedroom, one bathroom home sits a top a sloping hillside in trendy Echo Park, just two blocks to Sunset Boulevard and very nearby the newly renovated Echo Park lake.
Inside, Bestor’s signature “bohemian modern” style is evident integrating a full plywood wall which ties together the kitchen and living spaces.
The galley style open kitchen includes modern appliances and the vaulted ceilings with luxury light fixtures expand the space. Read more…
3418 Winslow Drive Los Angeles, CA 90026 4 BD/ 1.75 BA $1,197,000
A truly rare offering, this 4 bedroom Silver Lake craftsman is set behind a new wooden fence and gate in one of the most trendy parts of the neighborhood. Minutes to great restaurants and local shops this new listing commands a hilltop siting, panoramic views and distinct original character. The spacious front porch leads to an octagonal formal entry and gorgeous living room with panels of leaded glass windows capturing Silver Lake views.
Built in 1908, the large living room with adjacent sitting area are unified through wide oak plank flooring and an intricate espresso wood beamed ceiling. A two sided wood-burning fireplace connects the living room and dining room
The dining area with views out to the front porch and beyond is laced with original craftsman details like the corner built-ins and window seat.
112 North Harvard Los Angeles, CA 90004 4 BD/ 2 BA $998,000
The Heart House, designated a Historical Cultural Monument by the City of Los Angeles was constructed in 1910 and designed by Architects John & Donald Parkinson. This stunning early 20th century craftsman style home is tucked behind a wooden gate, surrounded by mature coniferous and palm trees just a moments drive to Larchmont Village and Silver Lake. This home is also convenient to studios, Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles and boasts views of the Hollywood Sign.
The home features grand detailing and craftsmanship in all respects. Dark wooden beams run horizontally across the living room and dining room ceilings, wood work surrounding the large picture windows, door frames and chair railings match this rich color. Gorgeous hardwood floors run throughout the home.
2004 La Brea Terrace Los Angeles, CA 90046 3 BD/ 3.5 BA $2,899,000
Nestled in the heart of this private gated enclave in the heart of Hollywood sits this 1902 traditional craftsman home. Sited on a flat lushly green half acre this home boasts an open and large living room with wood burning fireplace and beautiful wood floors throughout. Rarely do homes of this caliber and grace become available in this exclusive neighborhood!
The main level of this home consists of an open living room, dining room and media room. The airy feeling is accentuated with an open beamed white painted ceiling and full picture windows.
4929 Sycamore Terrace Los Angeles, CA 90042 2 BD/ 2.5 BA $699,000
In Highland Park, this charming craftsman, built in 1900, sits in a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone in an area called “Professor’s Row.” Making careful remodeling decisions to not alter the interior so that it remained consistent with the exterior, this home has been expertly remodeled from the studs up retaining the original architectural details. Situated on a 7,365 square foot lot surrounded by a low hand-built rock barrier, wrought iron fence and drought resistant plants, this home offers plenty of entertaining areas surrounding the pool and easy indoor/ outdoor flow.
A signature among craftsman homes, this property offers a wide welcoming front patio. Read more…
2020 Cummings Drive Los Angeles CA, 90027 5BR, 3.5BA $3,300,000
Built in 1905, the Cummings Estate is Los Feliz’s oldest estate, not to mention the cornerstone to the prestigious gated community of Laughlin Park, a highly sought-after neighborhood for those seeking privacy and security while still remaining close to cafes, shopping and the Los Angeles nightlife. Cummings Estate hasn’t been on the market in 50 years.
Behind the gates and at the end of a cul-de-sac, this home features open verandas, a heated pool and winding paths through landscapes of mature trees and native grasses. This 4,037 square foot home boasts 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms and is full of original details and charm.