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701 Linda Vista Avenue In Pasadena

701 Linda Vista Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

3 BR, 1.5 BA
$759,000

Built in 1948 by architect Leland Evison, this post and beam home is listed on Pasadena’s Historical Resources Inventory, is eligible for landmark status and may be eligible for Mills Act tax breaks.

The 1,418 square foot residence is located in the desirable Linda Vista neighborhood of Pasadena and features walls of glass, brick fireplace and built-in storage. It’s sited on a 27,440 square foot wooded lot with mature oak trees and spacious brick patios.

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L.A. Conservancy’s “At Home With History” Tour

The Los Angeles Conservancy presents another in its popular home tour series “At Home with History” on Sunday, November 6th from 10am to 4pm. Visitors will get the opportunity to explore the historic neighborhoods of Los Angeles, known as Historic Preservation Overlay Zones, or HPOZs. They’ll be able to speak with docents as well as residents about their experience living in HPOZs, and see firsthand how owners create personal, livable homes while preserving their historic integrity.

This special, one-time-only tour will feature three relatively new HPOZs, coined “the triplet” by residents because of their close proximity: Country Club Park, Wilshire Park and Windsor Village. The three locations are adjacent to one another, sharing a border along Crenshaw Boulevard near Olympic Boulevard. Developed in the early to mid-twentieth century, each neighborhood has a unique and fascinating history and feature diverse styles of architecture.

“At Home with History” includes docent-led tours of six private homes:

  • Mediterranean-style Milbank Mansion (G. Lawrence Stimson, 1913) in Country Club Park
  • Restored 1911 Craftsman home in Country Club Park
  • A Beaux-Arts/Italianate house, circa 1920, in Wilshire Park
  • 1926 Mediterranean/Spanish Colonial Revival home in Wilshire Park
  • French Eclectic apartment complex built in 1936 in Windsor Village
  • Prairie-style home built in 1915 in Windsor Village

Tickets for this tour are $30 for Los Angeles Conservancy members, $40 for the general public, and $10 for kids 12 and under. You can purchase tickets online here.

(Photos by Larry Underhill)


3931 Prospect Avenue In Franklin Hills

3931 Prospect Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

2 BR, 2 BA
$797,000

This traditional home is located in prime Franklin Hills–within walking distance to Los Feliz Village.

The private, quiet 1,378 square foot residence was built in 1949 and features phenominal outdoor space. There are large upper and lower decks, ideal for entertaining, and incredible views of the hillside, Griffith Park Observatory and beyond.

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1160 Chateau Road In Pasadena

1160 Chateau Road
Pasadena, CA 91105

3 BR, 5 BA
$2,595,000

This mid-century modern home was built in 1962 by architects John Kelsey and Thornton Ladd, who also designed the Norton Simon Museum. The 3,181 square foot residence is located on a beautifully woodsy and secluded lot in Pasadena, above the Annandale Golf Club.

The home was originally designed as a modernist Roman villa for John Kelsey and his family, wrapping around an Impluvium–a pool within the house that opens to the sky.

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AIA|LA 2011 Fall Home Tour Heads East

This Sunday, October 23, the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles heads east for its Fall 2011 Home Tour. At each of the four homes on the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to talk to the architects and docents and discover new ideas in design. Carlo Caccavale, AIA|LA associate director says, “We are very excited to go back to the East side–this is, in fact, an area of great modernist landmarks, and we are happy to help discover some terrific contemporary designs reflecting the style and the attitude of the East side neighborhood.”

The tour begins at a standout home in the Hollywood Hills and ends with a hidden wonder in Los Feliz:

The homes will be open on Sunday, October 23 from 11am to 4pm, with the last entry at 3:45pm. Tickets are $65 for AIA members and $75 for non-members. For more information on the AIA|LA Fall Home Tour and to purchase tickets, go here.

(Image Source: Steven Kent, latimes.com)


2415 Carman Crest Drive In Hollywood Hills

2415 Carman Crest Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068

3 BR, 3.5 BA
$5,695,000

This sleek and modern home is located on a cul-de-sac street in the Hollywood Hills.

Built in 1955, the architectural residence features white terrazzo floors and disappearing walls of glass that open to the patio and pool with spectacular views of the city lights, landmarks, canyons and protected hillsides.

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1333 Stradella Road In Bel Air

1333 Stradella Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077

3 BR, 2 BA
$1,075,000

We don’t post about short sales too often on Take Sunset, but this 2,660 square foot home, located in a great Bel Air neighborhood, is an interesting opportunity.

Built in 1973, the two-level home has a bit of mid-century modern design influence with high ceilings, ample windows and sliding glass doors that lead out to the expansive deck. There’s also a large dining area, galley eat-in kitchen, and spacious family room with white brick fireplace and wet bar.

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Another Look at Ellen & Portia’s House

Remember Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s estate in Beverly Hills, listed for $49 million? Yeah, I can’t forget either. And as is the trend when mega-mansions are looking for a buyer, they did a spread for the November issue of Architectural Digest!

“We never had a house when I was growing up,” Ellen explains in the interview. “We always rented. But my father would dream, and we used to look at houses all the time. I’d pick out which bedroom would be mine and get all excited. The first thing I did when I made money was buy a house,” she says, “And then–”

“Another one,” Portia says. “And another one and another one and another one…”

Lots more photos of their palatial estate, after the break, if you’re into drooling over celebrity homes!

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682 Haldeman Road In Santa Monica

682 Haldeman Road
Santa Monica, CA 90402

4 BR, 3 BA
$2,489,000

This classic mid-century in Santa Monica was built in 1965 and features beautiful canyon and tree top views.

The 3,101 square foot home has an easy and open floor plan, pitched wood ceilings, walls of glass and clerestory windows. Read more…


Get Out LA: Eames House, Lovell Beach House Tours

The Lovell Beach House in Newport Beach was designed by Rudolph Schindler in 1926 and is considered one of the architect’s most important works. This Sunday, October 16, from 10am to 6pm, the home will be open to the public for guided tours. Tickets are $80 for friends of the MAK Center and $100 for the general public with proceeds benefiting the MAK Center. Attendees can choose their timeslot upon purchase, but note that space is extremely limited and tickets are selling out! After you enjoy the tour, relax on the beach–the MAK Center will have refreshments and activities. Tickets are available on the MAK Center website.

The Eames Foundation is also hosting a fundraiser this weekend, in the living room of the Eames House in Pacific Palisades. The contents of the room is currently on display at LACMA’s California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way”. During this time, the Eames Foundation is working on restoring the 60+ year old home. For the event, the living room will be restage according to vintage photographs taken during Charles and Ray’s earliest years in their home. Members of the Eames family, friends and former Eames staff will be on hand to answer questions. Tickets are $250, and all proceeds benefit the home’s restoration. Tickets are available on the Eames Foundation website or by calling (424) 229-4038.

MAK Center Fall Fundraiser 2011
October 16 from 10am-6pm
Lovell Beach House in Newport Beach

Eames Foundation Time Machine
October 15
The Eames House, 203 Chautauqua Blvd., Pacific Palisades

(Photo credit, top: R.M. Schindler Papers, Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara via latimesblogs; bottom: Stephen Canon, archdaily)