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Real Estate & Architecture in Los Angeles

1150 La Loma Road in Pasadena


The award-winning Dubnoff Residence is an outstanding example of classic mid-century modern, post-and-beam style with Japanese influences. Designed by Buff & Hensman in 1960, the residence is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Located in the San Rafael neighborhood of Pasadena, the 2,239 square-foot home is elevated above the street, providing privacy and verdant views. … Continued

2015 Escarpa Drive in Eagle Rock


This rare Buff and Hensman (1965) is located in the hills of Eagle Rock and features stunning floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the 180-degree views from every room. The middle-level living room offers an original, wood faced floor to ceiling fireplace, as well. The main kitchen has quartz countertops, custom cabinets, and a center island. Highlighting this … Continued

Buff & Hensman Hollis House in Pasadena


The Hollis House, 1978 Buff and Hensman FAIA. Offered for sale for the first time ever and in virtually original condition. The 3-bedroom, 2-bath residence is sited in the prestigious west Pasadena hills, located above the Annandale golf course with 160′ street frontage on an exceptionally private street-to-street lot. Enter through a walled private courtyard and … Continued

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

7529 Mulholland Drive in Hollywood Hills


Described in the LA Times as “perched on a promontory like a luxury railroad car” this residence offers incredible views and privacy. Built in 1975, this 1,508 square foot home is situated on a 9,200 square foot lot and is hidden from street view. The open frame design lets in copious amounts of light during the day and features both mountain views and city light in the evening.

Pasadena Heritage 2012 Spring Home Tour

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The upcoming Pasadena Heritage 35th Anniversary Spring Home Tour will highlight mid-century modern residential architecture on a self-driven tour of 5 mid-century homes designed by noted architects.

The Wong House: 2651 Nottingham Place In Los Feliz


The Wong House is back on the market! The sellers made numerous “eco-upgrades” and it is now listed for $3,650,000. It’s always exciting when a house of this caliber comes on the market. The Wong House was designed by famed architects Buff & Hensman in 1968 and sits at the top of the Los Feliz hills … Continued

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 … Continued

1196 Cabrillo Drive In Beverly Hills


What property could possibly be worth $49M? An ultra-private, modern 3 acre compound owned by Ellen Degeneres and wife Portia de Rossi!

The Norton House By Buff & Hensman

When writing this post, I considered playing it cool, but I’m going to just come out and say it. I’m in love with this house! The Norton House, designed by Buff & Hensman in 1954, is my dream house. Rob and I have been emailing each other all afternoon like lovestruck teenagers, head over heels for this stunning 1,881 square foot, mid century, post-and-beam. Just look at that open floor plan! The cork flooring! The floor to ceiling walls of glass!