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Real Estate & Architecture in Los Angeles

The Heart House by John and Donald Parkinson


The Heart House, 1910. Historical Cultural Monument No. 684. This historic craftsman was built by architects John and Donald Parkinson, designers of City Hall, Grand Central Market, and more.

1301 Chelten Way in South Pasadena


The Miltimore Residence, 1911, now on the market for the first time since 1952. Designed in 1911 for Mrs. Paul Miltimore, this house is considered the most significant surviving residence by architect Irving Gill in Southern California.

The Koerner House in Palm Springs


Now on the market: The Koerner House, E. Stewart Williams, FAIA, 1955. This private, sprawling, iconic, post-and-beam architectural estate is one of Palm Springs most significant.

325 Monterey Road in South Pasadena

The Fleet House in South Pasadena, built in 1947. This home has an interesting, nearly forgotten, history. It is an early example of a manufactured home, constructed in a warehouse using recycled airplane materials.

4520 Dundee Drive in Los Feliz


Sited on perhaps the finest architectural street in prime Los Feliz, this private and intact original Post and Beam masterpiece is Historical Cultural Monument 674. Designed by Edward Fickett, Architect in 1966, “The Jacobson Residence” is the first contemporary structure to receive landmark status by the city of Los Angeles.

MAK Architecture Tour 2014

In honor of it’s 20th year, the MAK Center is celebrating by opening a set of exceptional private homes by renowned architect R.M. Shindler for its MAK Architecture Tour 2014.

2535 East Chevy Chase Drive in Glendale


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.

Saving Richard Neutra’s Kronish House

The Kronish House was built in 1955 by legendary architect Richard Neutra. it is one of only three Neutra designs ever 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. The owner 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 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!

Garbutt House In Silver Lake

If you live in Silver Lake, you’ve probably noticed the huge gray house overlooking the Reservoir. I’ve often wondered about this house, and the other day Rob mentioned that it was the Garbutt House, owned by Dov Charney. The Garbutt House has a very interesting history. It’s one of Silver Lake’s largest estates at 11,743 square feet of interior space, 3-stories tall with 20 rooms. It was built by Frank A. Garbutt, a movie pioneer, inventor, industrialist, and “one of the most prominent citizens of Los Angeles in the late 19th and early 20th Century”.