The Barn: A. Quincy Jones

The former home and studio of mid-century modern architect A. Quincy Jones, known as “the Barn” was originally designed as a photographer’s studio in 1950. Located at 10300 Santa Monica Blvd, the traditional wood building was remodeled by Jones in 1965 after his home burned down in a hillside fire. The 3,729 square foot space features 35-feet high ceilings with a sky-lit multipurpose atrium surrounded by numerous living and studio spaces.

In 2008, Elaine Kollins Sewell Jones, Hon. AIA/LA, the famed architect’s widow, put the residence on the market, where it sat until November 2009 when it sold for $2M to the Annenberg Foundation, ensuring the Barn’s preservation and restoration.

The barn’s renovation was spearheaded by AIA award-winning architect Frederick Fisher. In an interview with Dwell in July 2010, Fisher explained why it was important to rehabilitate the Barn, even though Jones did not build the original structure. “Quincy Jones was one of the premiere California modernists out of the Case Study era, part of the second generation after Schindler and Neutra,” Fisher says. “The Barn was remodeled by him and so it has a very distinctly A.Q. Jones feel to the interior. It was his place of residence, his workplace and a place where many of the activities revolved around his being dean of the School of Architecture at USC.

“When you’re in that building, you really feel you’re in the environment of two very sensitive, design-oriented people,” he continues. “Elaine Jones, his wife, worked with Herman Miller. She and Quincy were friends of Charles and Ray Eames. So it’s not only a design environment. When you’re in it, you’re very much immersed in the ’60s and ’70s design ethos and in a piece of cultural history as well.”

See more photos of the Barn, including photos from the original MLS listing, after the break.

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The Lofts on Rowena In Los Feliz

3345 West Rowena
Los Angeles, CA 90027

2 BR, 3 BA

The Lofts on Rowena are 6 eco-friendly and stylish single-family residences in the heart of Los Feliz. There are currently 2 lofts for sale–this one and one other. The lofts are all-new construction, built in 2011, and feature double-high ceilings and open floor plans. They are fee-simple ownership (you own your house and the lot beneath it) and there are no HOAs, just a small monthly maintenance fee.

This loft is floor plan “A”–one of the largest lofts with 1,689 square feet of interior space, uniquely laid-out on three levels. There are two master-style suites separated by the living area, chef’s kitchen and outdoor entertaining patio. The residence also includes a private garage with direct access, which is also electric car charger ready.

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2463 Riverside Place In Silver Lake

2463 Riverside Place
Los Angeles, CA 90039

2 BR, 2 BA

I saw this new flip in Silver Lake before it was remodeled. It has some really nice mid-century elements, along with a great backyard. It’s set above the street with great views of the San Gabriel mountains and surrounding hillside homes.

The 1,186 square foot bungalow, originally built in 1939, has been remodeled but still retains many original details, like the oak and mahogany herringbone floors in the dining room.

The family room has post and beam ceilings, stained concrete floors, built-in bookshelves, and double French doors that lead to the expansive backyard.

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5353 Kincheloe Drive In Eagle Rock

5353 Kincheloe Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90041

3 BR, 2 BA

This newly listed mid-century modern in Eagle Rock has potential to be really amazing. Although it’s a short sale, I think it will get multiple offers and sell quickly.

The residence, built in 1954, maintains many of its original details, like exposed brick walls, wood beamed ceilings, brick fireplaces, hardwood floors and more. There is an open floor plan throughout much of the 1,401 square foot home. Sliding glass doors separate the dining room and back yard.

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Atwater Village Farm

Those of you within walking distance of Atwater Village Farm, I’m seriously jealous. The newly opened shop offers affordable, organic farm-to-table produce, meat and bread from local and regional farms. They also carry specialty items from local vendors, such as mustard, pickles, jam, honey, olive oil, nuts and more.

The shop just opened on Friday, but it’s been generating buzz since early last summer–thanks in part to owner Piper Goldstein, who’s been known to farm in a gold lamé dress. Goldstein, a former rock tour chef for Beastie Boys and The Black Eyed Peas, transformed her own Atwater Village backyard into a farm while recovering from a major shoulder injury. What started out as a personal evolution, ultimately grew into a business idea and community project. Goldstein wanted the people of Atwater Village directly involved in the business’ start up, so the shop was partially funded through Kickstarter.com–a fundraising platform for creative projects. (If you missed the fundraising video, it’s still worth a look.) Ultimately, 191 community supporters donated $22,365.

After the new year, the store will continue to evolve into a community meeting place with educational programs, cookbook signings from farm-to-table chefs, cooking classes, happy hours and produce basket subscriptions.

Atwater Village Farm is open seven days a week from 11am to 8pm. They will be closed Christmas Day and New Years Day, but they’re open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve from 11am to 4pm so you can grab last minute items.

Atwater Village Farm
3224 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90039

(323) 660-8888

Have you been to Atwater Village Farm yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section!

2047 East Live Oak Drive In The Oaks

2047 East Live Oak Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068

3 BR, 2 BA

I saw this mid-century modern home in the Los Feliz Oaks on Tuesday and was impressed. Built in 1950, the home has been thoughtfully renovated, fusing designer finishes with the original architectural elements. The 2,162 square foot home would be ideal for someone who works from home, since there are plenty of office options. The residence is sited on a 9,460 square foot lot with nice views from the front deck and an outdoor spa and fire pit. Plus, it’s in a great location–very easy to get to and within walking distance of Griffith Park. This is the only photo available at this point, but hopefully more will be added.

If you’d like to see this home in person, email me or call me at 323-775-6305!

More info and photos of 2047 East Live Oak Dr.

Listing courtesy of Juan Longfellow and Louise Leach, Sotheby’s International Realty-Los Feliz.


2011 Home Of The Year


Update: The votes are in! The Norton House in Pasadena was crowned Best Home Of 2011. This Buff & Hensman beauty received 23% of the votes (followed by 3705 Alzada and 1160 Chateau in a tie for second).

My vote was for 1160 Chateau, but the Norton House was a close second. It’s such a great house and I’m not surprised it won. Thanks for voting!

Check out all the top homes of 2011, after the break.

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1175 La Loma Road In Pasadena

1175 La Loma Road
Pasadena, CA 91105

2 BR, 2 BA

This Buff, Smith & Hensman was originally built in 1961 for Dennis Smith‘s parents. Smith, a partner and president of Buff, Smith and Hensman, is also supervising the current seller’s updates. The 1,800 square foot, mid-century post and beam is located in the hills of San Rafael and is registered as a Historical Landmark and is part of the Mills Act tax program.

The residence retains nearly all of its original materials and offers a high level of architectural integrity in its design and workmanship. It features a low pitched roof with wide overhanging eaves, floor to ceiling walls of glass, exterior panels of wood and stucco, clerestory windows and custom French doors.

The kitchen offers refinished cabinets and high-end appliances.

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Neutra’s Koblick House in Silver Lake

1816 Silverwood Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90026

3 BR, 2 BA

Richard Neutra’s Koblick House was built in 1937 for art professor Harry Koblick. I saw the three-story duplex, located in the hills above Silver Lake, when it first came on the market last month. It came on with an accepted offer, but now it’s back on as an active listing. The 1,620 square foot architectural is in good condition–albeit close to original–and there are two vacant lots on either side.

The upper unit has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath and currently rents for $1,890 a month. The lower unit has 1 bedroom and 1 bath and rents for $1,080 a month. Since the rents are a bit low, this property would be ideal for a collector looking to occupy the entire residence, rather than a buyer seeking an income property.

The duplex is sited on a 6,403 square foot lot. There are built-ins, hardwood floors and lots of light through large windows.

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Silver Lake Holiday Shopping Guide

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday… They all came and went. Holiday shopping accomplished? Zero. Yes, I admit it. I’m a procrastinator. And if you’re like me, you know how brutal holiday slacker-shopping can be. As December chugs to it’s wrapping paper covered conclusion, frenzied shoppers hit the mall in a panicked wave, grabbing whatever is left, not pausing to contemplate: Will my dad appreciate this Old Navy Trapper Hat? … Whatever! Put it in the cart! Mark it off the list!

This year, make life easier and shop your neighborhood instead. And (note to self) maybe try to do it before the bitter end. Check out some of Take Sunset’s favorite spots in Silver Lake for gift giving…


Lawson Fenning – There are tons of great gifts at my all-time favorite Silver Lake furniture store, from glassware to hanging terrariums, slate cheese boards, rugs, books and a tons of other tasteful and stylish gifts. 1618 Silver Lake Blvd.

Hemingway And Pickett – This shop offers off-beat housewares like Realax Stools by Cloud that have axe handle legs (perfect for subtly passive aggressive gift giving!) and Rorschach inkblot pillows and tea towels. They also carry art, accessories ornaments and cards. 3208 W Sunset Blvd.

OK – A one-stop-shop for specialty housewares, including dinnerware from Heath and an assortment of ceramics, glass, sculpture, books, jewelry and even kid’s stuff. 1724 1/2 Silverlake Blvd.

Kellygreen Home – The perfect spot to grab eco-friendly items for the home that are still incredibly stylish. 4008 Santa Monica Blvd.


Mohawk General Store – They have scarves and (swoon) shoes from Rachel Comey, A.P.C. and Comme Des Garcons leather bags, jewelry by Samma and so much other brilliant stuff you’ll have a hard time not shopping for yourself. 4011 W Sunset Blvd.

Vivier and Bentley – If you’re shopping for a stylish woman, all you have to do is walk in this handbag and jewelry shop and grab the first thing that catches your eye. Trust me, she’ll love it. 1404 Micheltorena St.

After the break, best places in Silver Lake for gifts in Food + Wine, Health + Beauty and Kids!

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