Posts Tagged ‘Buff & Hensman’

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 are below and here is some more info about the sale of Silvertop. Thank you all for voting and happy holidays!

View the rest of this year’s nominees after the jump:

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7529 Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills

7529 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90046
1 BD/ 1.5 BA

Described in the LA Times as “perched on a promontory like a luxury railroad car” this residence offers incredible views and privacy. Buff & Hensman, Don Hensman, F.A.I.A. 1975 design, 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 lights in the evening.

Two sets of folding full light doors encompass both walls of the main living room. Punctuated on one end with a fireplace and on the other end of the long narrow space with the kitchen. Each of theses rooms have access to the patios and pools and offers panoramic views.

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Pasadena Heritage 2012 Spring Home Tour

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. Featured homes were designed by graduates and teachers from the School of Architecture, University of Southern California and architects who received their degrees outside of California to contrast the USC style.

The deSteiguer House designed by Harwell Hamilton Harris in 1936, and moved to its current location by Leland Evison in 1951, and the Thomson House (shown above), designed by Buff, Straub, and Hensman in 1957, are both part of the Poppy Peak Historic District, which was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. A Park Planned Homes designed by Gregory Ain in 1947-1948 in neighboring Altadena is part of a unique grouping of mirror-image homes that comprise a single residential block. Harold Zook and John Galbraith received architectural degrees from Cornell University and the University of Washington, Seattle, respectively. Tour houses will be open on Sunday, March 25th from 9am to 4pm. Trained docents will be on site with information about the architects, homes, and original owners.

Before the Spring Home Tour, there will be a champagne reception and presentation at the 1979 King House, designed by Buff and Hensman. Guest speaker Kenneth A. Breisch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Graduate Programs in Historic Preservation at the School of Architecture, University of Southern California, will give an illustrated presentation on the USC style and its impact on Southern California architectural traditions in the mid-twentieth century. The reception will be held Tuesday, March 20 at 5:30 pm.

To purchase tickets for either event, click here or visit pasadenaheritage.org.

(Image Source: Lander Design, Los Angeles Times)

The Wong House: 2651 Nottingham Place In Los Feliz


2651 Nottingham Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90027

2 BR, 3 BA
$2,849,000 Sold for 2,900,000 (8/16/2010)
$3,650,000 (1/31/2012)

Update 2/1/2012: 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 on one of the area’s best streets. With an oversized swimming pool, expansive views from Downtown to the ocean, and top notch mid-century modern design this definitely earns the overused tag “dream house”, agreed?


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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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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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1196 Cabrillo Drive In Beverly Hills

1196 Cabrillo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9 BR, 11 BA

Um, yeah. That’s not a typo. What property could possibly be worth $49M? An ultra-private, modern 3 acre compound owned by Ellen Degeneres and wife Portia de Rossi! The estate features an approximate 9,200 square foot main house, two guest houses (with an additional 15,000 square feet), plus another separate 3 bedroom house! (So many houses!) That’s a total of 9 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a fitness facility, underground parking garage, 8 fireplaces, lavishly landscaped grounds with a pond, grassy yard, infinity pool, spa, and a state-of-the-art security system–all on its own street in Beverly Hills.

Degeneres and de Rossi spent years amassing and customizing this property. According to The Real Estalker, the couple purchased the main house in the fall of 2007 for nearly $29M from Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick. Just a few months later, they bought the property next door for $8.5M, which was razed and replaced with a garden. The following June, the couple spent $5M for an adjacent ‘fixer’. A month later, they purchased the hillside home behind the main house for another $5.5M.

Check out more photos after the break, including a shot of Joan Collins in the living room.

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The Norton House By Buff & Hensman

820 Burleigh Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105

3 BR, 2 BA

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!

And, oh yeah. There’s a stream running through the property, too. … Sigh.

Don’t mind me. I’ll be over here doodling hearts and signing my name “Valerie Buff-Hensman” in my spiral notebook. Lots more photos of The Norton House, after the break.

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1161 Romney Drive In Pasadena


1161 Romney Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105

4 BR, 3 BA

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.


The 3,323 square foot residence is a is surrounded by a sizable pool with fabulous views of the San Gabriel mountains.

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Scarlett & Ryan’s Los Feliz Mid-Century


Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds recently purchased The Wong House in Los Feliz 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.


According to property records, Scarlett and Ryan paid $51,000 over the asking price of $2,849,000. Scarlett Johansson also took a major hit with her last real estate investment. She bought a 7 bedroom, 7 bath Mediterranean home in 2007 for $7M, and then sold it two years later for only $4M.