2014 Home Of The Year

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:

The Wirin House in Los Feliz (Richard Neutra)

11020 Wrightwood Place in Studio City (Gregory Ain)

The Schlessinger Residence in Los Feliz (R.M. Schindler)

12414 Rochedale Lane in Brentwood (A. Quincy Jones)

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1470 N Tigertail Road in Brentwood

1470 N Tigertail Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
6 BD/ 4 BA

Situated on nearly one third acre lot, on exclusive Tigertail Road, this custom remodeled mid-century modern residence enjoys jetliner views, and is an exceptional example of Brentwood’s famed Crestwood Hills Architecture.

The living room is spacious with vaulted tongue and groove ceiling and multiple skylights.  A large picture window lets in copious amounts of light and helps to create a bright and architecturally comfortable living space.

Offering a wide open floor plan, the dining room room is open to the kitchen, living room and lofted area. Wide plank wood flooring runs throughout. Read more…

2622 Glendower Avenue in Los Feliz

2622 Glendower Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
2 BD/ 3 BA

Situated on nearly 3/4 of an acre lot high in the winding streets north of Los Feliz Boulevard, The Wirin House, designed and built in 1949 by Richard Neutra is recognized as one of his finer commissions.

Located directly across the street from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, this residence is set back from the street, behind a private stucco half wall and is surrounded by professionally landscaped grounds.

Meticulously restored to maintain Neutra’s original vision, the home features walls of glass that overlook the city below. The living room includes many built-ins including the banquet style sofa. Read more…

2232 Silver Lake Boulevard in Silver Lake

2232 Silver Lake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039
4 BD/ 3 BA

This is the first offering of the Kambara Residence, built in 1960, designed by Richard Neutra in the Silver Lake “Neutra Colony.” I live just a few blocks away and have always admired this house. Contrary to appearance, this unique living environment, sheltered within a park-like landscape, was not a planned development.  The Kambara residence shares an interesting, combined paved and planted entranceway with its neighbor, another Colony house, the O’Hara.  Mature foliage separates the homes and offers privacy for both.

This four-bedroom, three-bath home has been very carefully maintained over the years.  The main living area features a wall of glass that open to an inviting lake view balcony.

Adjacent to the living room, the formal dining area is connected by means of a set of sliding room dividing doors (pictured open.) The kitchen is also connected to the dining room through a hidden sliding walnut panel (pictured closed.)

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952 Stonehill Lane in Brentwood

952 Stonehill Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90049
2 BD/ 2 BA

Secluded behind custom fencing and lush landscaping lies a glowing mid-century gem situated on a 13,740 square foot street-to-street ridgeline lot.  This radiant mid-century jewel box offers breathtaking jet-liner views from the Getty Center to West LA.

On the market for only the second time, this home has undergone a meticulous and loving multi-year restoration.  Sliding walls of glass open onto the Ipe wood deck with expansive views from the Getty Center to Brentwood.

The vintage kitchen has been upgraded to include the latest appliances.

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875 Laguna Road in Pasadena

875 Laguna Road
Pasadena, CA 91105
3 BD/ 2 BA

This distinguished, 1955, post and beam residence is one of four designed and built by J. W. Putnam on San Rafael’s prestigious Laguna Road. Set on a nearly 19,000 square foot lot, the steel base structure graciously spans a flowing creek bed (with fish!) that stems from nearby Johnston Lake, and leads to an intimate rear yard gently nestled among verdant and private woodlands.

Shaded by California oaks, the unique mid-century post and beam Bridge House was carefully designed to take advantage of its Arroyo setting. The rectilinear geometry of the structure is a perfect counterpoint to the nearly half-acre of natural California woodlands which embrace it.

An open floor plan and sliding glass doors welcome in abundant natural light and incorporates the indoors and out. The step-down living room features a vaulted, beamed ceiling, raised hearth fireplace and has been freshly painted.

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1300 North Tigertail Road in Brentwood

1300 North Tigertail Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
3 BD/ 2.75 BA
Slowly emerging from the hillside, this 1962, mid-century gem, is on the market for the first time!  Located in the desirable community of Crestwood Hills, in Brentwood, this residence garners commanding city lights, canyon and ocean views.  Just past Crestwood Hills Park, the home has a neatly landscaped front yard, which includes drought tolerant plants, manicured trees and a two car tuck under garage. Low rise, broad cement steps ascend to the brightly colored front door.

Clad in warm toned wood, the entryway and central atrium seamlessly integrate indoors and out.

A low hung wood burning fireplace grounds one end of the living room, while expansive glass walls and doors provide garden and ocean views.

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3043 Nichols Canyon Rd in the Hollywood Hills

3043 Nichols Canyon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90046
4 BD/ 3 BA

Located on quiet Nichols Canyon Road in the Hollywood Hills, this 1959 Edward Fickett, FAIA, home is a new to market, single-level quintessential mid-century post and beam.  Spanning over a serene and incredibly private 8,670 square foot flat lot, this residence also features a large swimming pool and spa.

A generous entryway, gives way to a lively open floor-plan offering expansive living and entertaining areas which open to lushly landscaped outdoor living spaces.

Post and beams span wide across the common areas, while walls of glass and sliding doors merge indoors and out. Read more…

18128 Chardon Circle in Encino

18128 Chardon Circle
Encino, CA 91316

5BR / 4BA / 3,422sf

I just listed a very exciting property in Encino! In the early 1960’s, one of the city’s original and most well-known contemporary modern furniture dealers discovered a home built by Donald Park, AIA. Today, nearly 50 years later, the residence of Mel Brown hits the market for the first time ever, creating an amazing opportunity for a fortunate buyer to continue the story of this special property.

Sited on nearly half an acre of flat land and mature gardens on a prime Lake Encino lot, this well loved 3,400 square foot classic mid-century modern home features 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, and family room, all with amazing indoor/outdoor views that open up to the spacious garden with oversized pool.

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2138 Micheltorena Street in Silver Lake

2138 Micheltorena Street
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 BD/ 4 BA

Best seen from Silver Lake Boulevard, across the reservoir, the Reiner-Burchiill Residence, Silvertop, is to Los Angeles’ residential architecture as Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal is to New York City.  Commissioned by industrialist and engineer Kenneth Reiner as his home, Silvertop was John Lautner’s, F.A.I.A, first major use of monolithic concrete as a sculptural as well as an architectural component. It was completed in 1963, after nearly seven years of construction.

Perched out of view atop a hill the residence is accessed by a sweeping concrete driveway, amid mature trees and tailored landscaping.

The organic modern house features a huge, arching concrete roof over a wall of glass opening the interior to expansive views. Adjacent to the living room is a separate music room with access to the pool and gardens.

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