Archive for the ‘Architectural Landmarks’ Category

112 North Harvard in Hancock Park

112 North Harvard
Los Angeles, CA 90004
4 BD/ 2 BA

The Heart House, designated a Historical Cultural Monument by the City of Los Angeles was constructed in 1910 and designed by Architects John & Donald Parkinson.  This stunning early 20th century craftsman style home is tucked behind a wooden gate, surrounded by mature coniferous and palm trees just a moments drive to Larchmont Village and Silver Lake. This home is also convenient to studios, Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles and boasts views of the Hollywood Sign.

The home features grand detailing and craftsmanship in all respects.  Dark wooden beams run horizontally across the living room and dining room ceilings, wood work surrounding the large picture windows, door frames and chair railings match this rich color. Gorgeous hardwood floors run throughout the home.

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2013 Home Of The Year

Update: The votes are in! For the second time in three years a Buff & Hensman was chosen as Home Of The Year. 1617 Pleasant Way in Pasadena received 26% of the votes (followed closely by 1484 Carla Ridge and 2666 Aberdeen).

Like many of you, my vote was for 1617 Pleasant Way. Truly one of the most amazing homes we’ve seen listed in a while. Thanks again for reading and voting and happy new year!

Check out all the top homes of 2013, after the break. Read more…

2535 East Chevy Chase Drive in Glendale

2535 East Chevy Chase Drive
Glendale, CA 91206
5 BD/ 2.75 BA

One of Lloyd Wright’s, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, greatest achievements is the Derby House. Set in Glendale on 1.5 acre lot, it features meandering paths through lush greenscapes and an exterior of cast concrete block with yucca plant inspired theme.  Built in 1926 for businessman James Derby, the current owners have meticulously kept up with the preservation of the house, and in fact many of the same plants, including the Lloyd Wright’s original blue gum trees still surround the property.

Inside this commanding house, the living room is an open, dramatic double story space which features a  grand fireplace detailed with nature inspired iron gates. The cast concrete block is brought inside on the surrounding mantel.

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1617 Pleasant Way In Pasadena

1617 Pleasant Way
Pasadena, CA 91105

3BR/2BA, 1,744 square feet

When I drive through the Poppy Peak District of the San Rafael Hills in Pasadena I have to be very careful because I am often stopping my car to oggle one of the many gorgeous mid-century modern homes that dot the hillside. This post and beam by Buff, Straub and Hensman is definitely one I have stopped to stare at before, so I am thrilled to have a chance to finally see it in person.

Listed for the first time since it was built in 1957, this home has been carefully maintained in nearly original condition. The residence is sited on the North Slope of the San Rafael Hills and was planned for dramatic views across the city, while framing the San Gabriel Mountains through two story glass.

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12400 Deerbrook Lane In Brentwood

12400 Deerbrook Lane
Los Angeles CA, 90049

3BR, 1.75BA
1,548 square feet

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. Still owned by the original family, one of four founders of the Mutual Housing Association, this home was literally the first built among 500 planned for this award-winning neighborhood.

Eight-foot sliding glass doors allow the open plan to flow freely outdoors to patios and private gardens, creating the illusion of a home twice its actual size.

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John Lautner’s Wolff House in Hollywood Hills

8530 Hedges Pl
Los Angeles CA, 90046

4 BR, 4 BA

One of the great homes in LA has hit the market: The Wolff House by John Lautner. Lautner is responsible for many of SoCal’s definitive modernist homes, but this may very well be his best. Built in 1961, this is a true work of art using wood, stone and glass to merge form, space and function. The home has been on the market a few times in the past decade and has been fully renovated and restored.

The living room has nearly 16 foot ceilings with walls of glass to feature the city below.

Designer details include a Balthaup stainless kitchen and a grand master bedroom with private pool and pavilion.

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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 a close second. It’s a beautiful house and everyone seems to love all things Lautner. Thanks for voting and happy new year!

Check out all the top homes of 2012, after the break.

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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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Saving Richard Neutra’s Kronish House

9439 Sunset Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

6 BR, 5.5 BA

Update 8/3/2011: It was determined last night that the preservation community would work to find a buyer for the house over the “60 day cooling period,” which starts today. After that, the owners can apply for a Demolition Permit and get it, and then tear the house down 10 days later. Hopefully, blogs like your own will help find a preservation minded buyer!

Regina O’Brien
Chair, Modern Committee, Los Angeles Conservancy

The Kronish House was built in 1955 by legendary architect Richard Neutra. It is one of only three Neutra designs built in Beverly Hills and is the only home that remains intact–one was demolished, the other completely altered.

The residence was sold in a foreclosure auction in January for $5.8 million and put back on the market in April.  A new buyer is now trying to demolish the home. The City of Beverly Hills has no protection for its historic structures, so there is no way to stop the demolition other than finding a preservation-minded buyer or through action by the City Council.

The Los Angeles Conservancy is working to save the Kronish House. For more information on the Conservancy’s position and what you can do to help, go here. Tonight, August 2, is the Beverly Hills City Council Meeting, so please attend, if possible! The meeting starts at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 455 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. The Kronish House is the fifth item on the agenda. (You can find the agenda here.) Parking is available in the garage across the street.

You can also use Twitter to let Beverly Hills mayor Barry Brucker know you want the Kronish House saved – @BarryBrucker.

More info and photos of 9439 Sunset Blvd.

(Images courtesy of Dion Neutra. Information courtesy of LA Conservancy)

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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