This year marks Richard Neutra’s 120th birthday. Earth Day, April 22, will mark 42 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, just a week after Neutra’s death. To recognize this event, the Neutra Institute is sponsoring the Neutra 4k-8k run/walk for Health on Sunday, April 22, 2012. The event will be held at the Silver Lake Meadow, across from the Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Research House II.
The morning’s activities will include a 4K individual run, children’s walk, family walk, 20K bike run, award ceremony and closing ceremony. Later in the day, there will be a self-guided tour of the VDL Research House, which is open to all. A wine reception, dinner and other evening events are reservation only and have limited space, so sign up early!
Your participation and/or purchase of any of the events of this day, aggregating $50 or more, will entitle you to a year’s membership in the Institute. All proceeds will go towards causes of preservation. For more information and to find out about volunteer opportunities, go to neutra.org.
225 North Lima Street
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
10 BR, 11 BA
This new listing in Sierra Madre is a trip back in time–even farther than we usually go here on Take Sunset! The Pinney House (1887-88) was built by Samuel and Joseph Cather Newsom, architects of many prestigious buildings during the 19th century, including the Carson Mansion in Eureka, Calif.
The Pinney House, commissioned by retired Civil War surgeon Dr. Elbert Pinney, was a 30-room “railroad hotel” for East Coasters here in L.A. making land purchases. Subsequently, the Victorian estate served as a sanatorium, boarding house, dance studio, apartment complex and film location. Today, the 10,000 square foot, 10 bedroom, 11 bath residence is a single family home.
1274 Benedict Canyon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
4 BR, 3 BA
This newly listed mid-century modern was built by Buff, Straub & Hensman in 1957. The award-winning residence is located at the top of Benedict Canyon, offering ultimate privacy and views.
The 2,736 square foot home features an open floor plan and gorgeous walls of glass that open to the patio and pool.
2630 Harlesden Court
Los Angeles, CA 90046
4 BR, 4 BA
This Asian-influenced mid-century modern residence, designed by architect Richard Stoddard for the Hollander family, is now on the market for the first time since it was built in 1964. The spacious 4,972 square foot home is situated up a long private driveway and features an open floor plan with floor-to-ceiling windows.
The home offers plenty of natural light and beautiful views of the yard, designed by landscape architect Armstrong & Sharfman.
There is seamless indoor to outdoor flow, with terraces, 2 fire pits, a black-bottomed pool, pool house, and winding trails and steps that lead through the gardens to a tranquil lily pond.
1545 Courtney Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
2 BR, 2 BA
This newly listed California bungalow was originally built in 1920 and has been carefully restored. It features newer systems, thoughtful additions, and high-end materials and finishes throughout.
The 2 bedroom, 2 bath is extremely private–situated behind tall gates and hedges–and provides unbeatable outdoor space with a saltwater solar pool and outdoor kitchen.
You know when you walk into a store and it’s just totally right and you immediately start dreaming about where each piece will go in your home? That’s what happens when you step into Garde, the newly-opened home furnishings and personal accessories store on Beverly Blvd, owned by Scotti Sitz.
Sitz is both impeccably stylish and incredibly sweet. She’s had an impressive career–working first for Calvin Klein and later as the director of retail development for Giorgio Armani. The classic, minimal style of those major brands finds its way into Garde’s retail space, which use to be an old electronics repair shop–untouched for over 30 years. “It was a boring space with no character,” Sitz tells Take Sunset. “I thought, how do I create an inviting environment out of nothing?” She completely overhauled the space. “You name it, we gutted it,” she says. “There was an old drop ceiling with 1950’s tiles, the skylight was boarded up, linoleum on the floors, bad windows, partitions.”
The end result is light, open, modern and minimal without being austere. “The space was long and narrow, so I needed to divide it without walls or partitions,” Sitz explains. “We painted the big grey stripe through the middle, added shelving and display surfaces so you have a subtle feeling of different spaces, but still open and gallery-like.” When asked about her design influences, Sitz says she has many–gathering her likes and dislikes over the years in order to fine tune her own style. But for this project, one particular inspiration stands out. “In the past couple of years, my go-to design influence has been the Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen,” Sitz states. “Mr. Van Duysen represents the minimalist, which is in my nature, but without being severe. He puts the warmth and tactile elements back in spaces and manages to keep all the rooms flowing in a natural direction.”
As for picking Garde’s location on Beverly Boulevard, Sitz explains that she use to live right around the corner and has watched the neighborhood change into the perfect location for her retail store. “It’s become the neighborhood of higher-end vintage furniture and design, without being over the top,” she says. “It is kind of the anti La Cienega and PDC [Pacific Design Center] area. It’s less commercial, which I like.” And so far, so good. Sitz says she loves her shop’s new neighborhood. “I love contributing to the cool vibe that’s now known as ‘the Beverly Corridor’.”
Contributing to that vibe is Garde’s unique mix of housewares and accessories, including silk textiles by artist Stevie Howell, jewelry by designer Satomi Kawakita, brass ornaments by Anna Karlin, pottery by Sara Paloma, and ceramic and hemp wall hangings by Michele Quan, which I immediately fell in love with. Sitz says the most important aspect in choosing the collections she carries–aside from being beautiful or interesting–is her personal connection with the designers. “I love the stories behind each artists’ journey and the process to create their designs,” she says. “And I curating collections from artists in the U.S. and abroad. The world has truly gotten that small, thankfully.”
3515 Verdugo Vista Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90065
2 BR, 1.75 BA
Built in 1962, this mid-century modern home is sited on an idyllic hillside in Glassell Park. Designed with California living in mind, the entertaining spaces open to the enclosed courtyard and patio.
The 1,492 square foot residence also features beautiful Jarrah hardwood flooring, an original stone fireplace in the living room, an alarm system, and central heat and a/c.
751 North Ogden Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90046
3 BR, 2 BA
I’m excited to give Take Sunset readers a sneak peek into another stunning transformation by ModOp Design. This Spanish architectural was built in 1928 and has only had two prior owners. Conveniently located in West Hollywood and close to the restaurants and shops of Melrose and Fairfax, this 1,480 square foot home features many original details along with modern updates for the discerning buyer.
Known for their thoughtful renovations of mid-century modern and bungalow homes on the east side, a Spanish style house in West Hollywood is a change of pace for ModOp’s Greg Steinberg and Alexandra Becket. But this was a project they couldn’t pass up: “The minute we stepped inside the front door of this home, we fell in love with its original character,” Alexandra says. “The wood beams took our breath away, and we saw tremendous potential in restoring its original charm.” Greg agrees, adding, “We had been looking in the neighborhood and passed up a few, but this one stood out.”
The West Hollywood neighborhood is an area that the couple knows well. Their own home, which Greg has lived in for over 20 years, is located only a few blocks away. “I’ve always liked that the neighborhood is so centrally located and walkable,” Alexandra says. “And since the Grove opened, the neighborhood has improved tremendously. So many great businesses, restaurants and stores have opened. We never have to drive, if we don’t feel like it!”
Some of Greg and Alexandra’s favorite places to go in the neighborhood? “The Melrose Place Farmers Market on Sundays, walking to Whole Foods, the Coffee Commissary, Lindy & Grundy, or grabbing lunch at The Golden State, V Cafe or Froma,” Alexandra says. “Favorites neighborhood activities are Thai massages at the new PaliHotel, City Yoga, Runyon Canyon, and the new West Hollywood library. In the evening I love to walk to the Fairfax Farmers Market for dinner at Short Order and see a movie at the Grove!”
920 North Foothill Road
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
5 BR, 4.5 BA
$6,499,000 Sold for $6,625,000 on 3/21/2012.
This stunning A. Quincy Jones architectural was built in 1962 and is located in a prime Beverly Hills location.
It’s extremely private and secluded, tucked away up a gated driveway with an entry courtyard, sparkling water fountain and beautiful pool.
The 5,185 square foot post and beam residence features a sunken living room with dramatic 18-foot ceilings, a fireplace, and giant walls of glass overlooking the park-like manicured grounds and pool.