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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!

1161 Romney Drive In Pasadena

Located in the San Rafael Hills of Pasadena, this Buff & Hensman post and beam was built in 1962 and features a unique L-shaped design and walls of glass. There is a spacious living room with vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and a stone fireplace.

Scarlett & Ryan’s Los Feliz Mid-Century

Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds recently purchased a Los Feliz mid-century modern for $2.9 million. Built in 1968 by California architects Buff & Hensman, the residence is 2,835 square feet with 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, wood beamed ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, a pool, and panoramic views.