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1920s “Fantasy Bungalow” In Atwater Village

3636 Brunswick Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039

2 BR, 1 BA
$550,000

Built in Atwater Village in 1928, this home is one of a handful of “fantasy bungalows” built along Brunswick in the 1920s. The homes have exotic designs, brightly colored turrets, cupolas and arched entryways–influenced by Hollywood’s silent film sets of the time. According to the Los Angeles Conservancy, this home is part of “the most architecturally distinct parts of Atwater, and Los Angeles, overall.” Early developers built these fantasy bungalows in rows of lots, with all the homes around 1,100 square feet with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, floor or wall furnaces, and an icebox for ice delivery.

3636 Brunswick is one of three similar homes in a row. Currently, the residence’s dramatic Egyptian revival exterior is covered by foliage, as you can see on Google Street View. The above photo from Los Angeles Conservancy gives you an idea of how the trio of homes would have looked back in the 1920s. (3636 Brunswick is the white home on the far left.)

Check out interior photos, after the break!

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201 S Larchmont Boulevard In Larchmont Village

201 South Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004

2 BR, 2.5 BA
$1,095,000

This uniquely crafted home in the desirable Larchmont Village neighborhood is ideal for lovers of Old Hollywood history–or lovers of cedar! The 1,896 square foot home is constructed primarily of cedar both inside and out. It was originally designed by and built for Adriana Caselotti and her husband in 1976. Adriana is best known for her role as the voice of Snow White in the 1937 Walt Disney classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The residence’s architectural features include a cross-gable roof, clerestory windows, soaring 18′ vaulted ceilings, flared eaves, exposed rafter tails, and an outdoor space reminiscent of a Japanese Tea Garden Pavilion.

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3456 Ben Lomond Place In Los Feliz

3456 Ben Lomond Place
Los Angeles, CA 90027

3 BR, 2.5 BA
$1,195,000

This Spanish revival style home was built in 1930 and is located in one of Los Feliz’s most sought-after neighborhoods. The 2,866 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath residence features an impressive magnesite entry hall with a grand staircase that opens to spacious sunken living room with barrel ceiling, fireplace, original casement windows and views.

There is authentic detailing throughout, including original hand-stenciled doors, wrought iron railings, quarter sawn oak floors, vintage hardware and lighting fixtures, maid’s staircase and much more!

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SUPER iam8bit In Echo Park

SUPER iam8bit opened last Thursday at the recently renovated iam8bit headquarters in Echo Park. Over 100 artists have reimagined their 80′s gaming fantasies through paintings, sculpture and other interactive media.

The inaugural iam8bit show in 2005, was one of the most popular group art exhibition in Los Angeles. It won accolades from dozens of publications, like LA Weekly’s “Best Art Show” and received media attention from CNN, MSNBC, Playboy, G4 and MTV. The book “iam8bit: Art Inspired by Classic Video Games of the ’80s” highlighted key pieces from the original show and became one of the best-selling video game-themed books of all time.

This year’s show is bigger and bolder than before, and is housed in a 4,500 square foot event space–nearly 5 times the size of the original show. It also includes a new book documenting this year’s event, “SUPER iam8bit: More Art Inspired By Classic Video Games of the ’80s”. Other highlights include: a special tribute to Galaga’s 30th anniversary featuring the world’s largest “arcade cabinet”; the transformation of the entire gallery into an 80′s gaming wonderland by designer decal collective BLIK; an interactive, “retro-fied” Kinect hack from Double Fine super-artist Drew Skillman; and much, much more!

The show runs until September 10, 2011, so check it out. For updates, follow them on twitter @iam8bitshow.

SUPER iam8bit
2147 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Gallery Hours:? Thursday 1-8pm, Friday 1-9pm, ?Saturday 12-9pm, ?Sunday 12-6pm

(Image Source: kotaku)


Painted Bird In Silver Lake

I love it when new stores open in the neighborhood, especially places where I can shop without maxing out my credit card! Back in April, Husband and wife team Nate Archer and Sunny Walker open Painted Bird in Silver Lake, just a few blocks from Sunset Junction. This is the shop’s second location. The original Painted Bird in San Francisco has been around since 2005.

Painted Bird carries a mix of vintage fashions for men and women, including layering basics, printed sundresses, denim, knits, silk pieces, handbags and jewelry. There are also new pieces from brands like Them Jeans and Alternative Apparel. Everything in the shop is marked at an affordable level, with most price tags under $80.

You can also find Painted Bird’s own line of handmade shoes, including oxfords, lace ups, buckle boots and sandals, all priced under $90! They sell out quickly when in stock, but they’re definitely worth checking out. Plus, you can buy, sell or trade your unwanted clothes for 35% in cash or 55% in trade for new (to you) merchandise. With all the affordability, Painted Bird doesn’t have that disorganized everything must go! Urban Outfitters sale section vibe. Rather, it feels like the ultra-cool closet of a vintage shopping pro. And lucky us–we get to raid it.

Painted Bird
4208 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Open 7 days a week, 12pm – 7pm
(323) 522-3368


3506 Canyon Crest Road In Altadena

3506 Canyon Crest Road
Altadena, CA 91001
4 BR, 2 BA
$789,000

This mid-century modern home, built in 1955, has been beautifully remodeled and features post and beam ceilings and brand new walnut floors throughout. The generous 1,920 square foot floor plan includes 4 bedrooms, a den, family room and formal living room.

Located in the desirable Foothill Community of Altadena, this gorgeous house has it all–even a private pool!

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2953 Effie Street In Silver Lake

2953 Effie Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

6 Units – 1 BR, 1 BA each
$995,000

This quintessential mid-century modern apartment building is in a prime Silver Lake location–just a hop from LAMILL Coffee, a skip from The Satellite, and a jump from the Silver Lake Reservoir.

Built in 1954, the 4,080 square foot apartment complex includes six 1-bedroom, 1-bath units. The current annual income is $89,376, with several units having upside potential.

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2433 Lanterman Terrace In Silver Lake

2433 Lanterman Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90039

2 BR, 2 BA
$859,000

The holy grail of Silver Lake real estate is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath in Ivanhoe… And here it is! Built in 1935, this two story, Spanish-style home features lots of upgrades, great outdoor space and views.

The spacious living room has a fireplace and French doors that open to the deck.

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2006 Lake Shore Avenue In Echo Park

2006 Lake Shore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039

1 BR, 1 BA
$549,000

Originally built in 1922, this this eco-friendly California bungalow is located on a 10,000 square foot, county-certified farm and Certified Wildlife Habitat and includes updated “green” features, like a tankless water heater and appliances that conserve energy while reducing utilities.

The interior has high ceilings and an open floor plan. Outside there are over fifty trees, a vegetable garden, porch swing, rain barrel, views, and even a yurt!

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Saving Richard Neutra’s Kronish House

9439 Sunset Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

6 BR, 5.5 BA
$13,995,000

Update 8/3/2011: It was determined last night that the preservation community would work to find a buyer for the house over the “60 day cooling period,” which starts today. After that, the owners can apply for a Demolition Permit and get it, and then tear the house down 10 days later. Hopefully, blogs like your own will help find a preservation minded buyer!

Regina O’Brien
Chair, Modern Committee, Los Angeles Conservancy

The Kronish House was built in 1955 by legendary architect Richard Neutra. It is one of only three Neutra designs built in Beverly Hills and is the only home that remains intact–one was demolished, the other completely altered.

The residence was sold in a foreclosure auction in January for $5.8 million and put back on the market in April.  A new buyer is now trying to demolish the home. The City of Beverly Hills has no protection for its historic structures, so there is no way to stop the demolition other than finding a preservation-minded buyer or through action by the City Council.

The Los Angeles Conservancy is working to save the Kronish House. For more information on the Conservancy’s position and what you can do to help, go here. Tonight, August 2, is the Beverly Hills City Council Meeting, so please attend, if possible! The meeting starts at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 455 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. The Kronish House is the fifth item on the agenda. (You can find the agenda here.) Parking is available in the garage across the street.

You can also use Twitter to let Beverly Hills mayor Barry Brucker know you want the Kronish House saved – @BarryBrucker.

More info and photos of 9439 Sunset Blvd.

(Images courtesy of Dion Neutra. Information courtesy of LA Conservancy)