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2015 Home Of The Year

Is it already almost 2016!? Hard to believe but it is time again for us to decide which was the best home of 2015. This was a great year for architectural listings in Los Angeles and it was hard to narrow the picks to just these 10 homes. I’ve blogged about so many great houses this year, but the following are my favorites.

The Glendale Historical Society 2015 Home Tour

The Glendale Historical Society 2015 Home Tour is this Sunday, September 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s tour features six distinctive mid-century modern gems.

735 Rome Drive in Mt Washington

2BR/1.75BA
$1,125,000

Situated at the top of Mt. Washington, amid towering trees with ample blue sky overhead lies the quintessential mid-century modern. The long linear Pilot house emerges from the steep ridge and fills wide angles with sumptuous views of the hillside speckled with twinkling lights.

11492 Thurston Circle in Bel Air

4BR/3.5BA
$1,750,000

Resting on a slight knoll, this redwood sheathed home, built in 1948 and designed by A. Quincy Jones, Architect, presents eye-catching projections and cantilevered balconies. Sited on a landscaped and wooded lot nearing 1/3 of an acre, the Nordlinger House #1 is an excellent restoration opportunity.

2014 Home Of The Year

Update 12/22: And the winner is….Silvertop! Not a big surprise that one of the best houses in L.A. won. The voting wasn’t even that close as the landmark Lautner property captured a wopping 37% of the votes. Tied for second place was the Wirin House and 7529 Mulholland Dr with 11% each. The full results … Continued

12414 Rochedale Lane in Brentwood

4BR/3BA
$1,895,000

Located in the desirable Crestwood Hills neighborhood of Brentwood, this 1950 built A. Quincy Jones home has been recently renovated by architect Marco DiMaccio. Named the Friedman Residence, this home is a terrific example of the true expression of the soul and grace of mid-century modernism. Sited on a flat and lushly green .26 acres the home is quintessentially Californian with walls of glass to create a seamless integration of indoor-outdoor living.

12400 Deerbrook Lane in Brentwood

3BR/1.75BA
$1,400,000

Just listed is the Siegel House by architect A. Quincy Jones. High up in the Santa Monica Mountains of Brentwood, with sweeping city and ocean views, this historic 1950 Mid-Century Modern home is one of the most important of the small number remaining from this forward-looking postwar housing experiment.

2012 Home Of The Year

Update: The votes are in! John Lautner’s Foster Carling house in the Hollywood Hills was crowned Best Home Of 2012. It received 19% of the votes (followed by The Skinner House, 920 N Foothill and the Hailey Residence all tied for second). My vote was for The Skinner House, but the Foster Carling House was … Continued

12305 Rochedale Lane in Brentwood

4BR/4BA
$2,295,000

Built in 1957, this post and beam home is located in Brentwood’s Crestwood Hills. The development, also known as the Mutual Housing Tract, was designed by A. Quincy Jones and features numerous homes designated as Los Angeles architectural landmarks.