6560 Lakeridge Road, Hollywood Hills East

JUST LISTED! c. 1959 Mid-Century Modern in The Hollywood Hills

Have you been looking for the perfect place to park your Eames lounge chair? This gorgeous, Lakeridge Estates mid-century (1959) with walls of glass and stunning vistas might just be the spot! With high ceilings, a wide open floor plan and a serious wet-bar, this home is ideal for entertaining. The exceptional indoor-outdoor flow makes it easy to enjoy the private, serene backyard. From light-filled rooms take in extraordinary views. The large kitchen boasts Miele appliances, double ovens and side-by-side Sub Zeros. Sited on a private hillside lot that abuts DWP land, this home has no neighbors to the south or west. Many systems have been upgraded including roof, HVAC, tankless water heater, security system and more.


3 Bedrooms

2.5 Bathrooms

2,185 SF

12,669 SF Lot

Price: $1,150,000

If you want to see this home in person, just call me at (310) 991-3808 or send me a message (click!)

Unspoiled Mid-Century In Silver Lake

New on the market this week and sure to sell by Sunday is 1966 Lucile Ave in Silver Lake. The listing calls it "The Fischer residence... by Eugene Weston III."  The 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1,872 SF home is sited on a massive 18,382 SF lot.

Built in 1957 and maintained beautifully, the home retains most of its original charm.

Built in 1957 and maintained beautifully, the home retains most of its original charm.

The structure is set back from the street and surrounded by trees. The sylvan grounds make for a very private property.

The structure is set back from the street and surrounded by trees. The sylvan grounds make for a very private property.

Mid Century Modern Silver lake
Wood accents abound.

Wood accents abound.

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The volume of space in the living room makes this home feel much larger than it is. The master bedroom is above and open to the living room.

The volume of space in the living room makes this home feel much larger than it is. The master bedroom is above and open to the living room.

Walls of glass bring in tons of light.

Walls of glass bring in tons of light.

Mid Century Walls Of Glass Silver Lake
Time capsule:  The cork walls, formica counters and plywood cabinetry allow you to step back a few decades.

Time capsule:  The cork walls, formica counters and plywood cabinetry allow you to step back a few decades.

Not a modern kitchen at all... But it was... about 55 years ago.

Not a modern kitchen at all... But it was... about 55 years ago.

This is the view from the hot tub perched high above the roofline.

This is the view from the hot tub perched high above the roofline.

This is the perfect property for the Mid Century Modern enthusiast.  Your collection of Eames chairs and kitschy ceramics will be right at home.

The home is listed at $1,399,000.

To see the listing, click here!

To schedule a showing, please call (310) 991-3808 or email (click!).

Listing curtesy of Grace Gaerlan, Coldwell Banker-Los Feliz

Lloyd Wright in Altadena-The Dorland Home

Recently listed, this 1950 Lloyd Wright Jr. hits the market with a $945,000 price tag. It's a 2+1 in 1465 SF on a large 11,463 SF lot in Altadena. 

This mid-century gem comes replete with stylistic elements that Lloyd's father would have been proud of (if he was capable of that).

This mid-century gem comes replete with stylistic elements that Lloyd's father would have been proud of (if he was capable of that).

Per the losing, "Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. had a vision to design an affordable quality home with characteristic elements of his father's Usonian houses and the Dorland home was created!"

Per the losing, "Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. had a vision to design an affordable quality home with characteristic elements of his father's Usonian houses and the Dorland home was created!"

Mid $900Ks is the new "affordable!"

Mid $900Ks is the new "affordable!"

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See the full listing by clicking here!

To schedule a private showing, please email me (click!) or call anytime: (310) 991-3808

Listing curtesy of Carly Hernandez, Coldwell Banker

Rustic Ranch in The Oaks

Located in a gated section of Valley Oak in The Oaks, this sweet pad just hit the market. At a time when inventory is extremely low and inventory of unique, special homes is even lower, this property will likely not last a week.

Per the listing it is "in the manner of Cliff May."

This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is sited on a nice7,558 SF lot.

If you like wood...  This is your house.

Built in 1951, the home is a modest 1,508 SF.

Light filled kitchen with original 1951 details.

Wood, Light, Beams

Per the listing there are 2 patios and a "treehouse."

Beam me up!

  • 5787 Valley Oak Drive
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1,508 SF
  • 7,558 SF Lot
  • Private Street
  • Listed at $995,000

If you are interested in seeing this property before it sells next week, call me at (310) 991-3808 or email me (click!)

Listing courtesy of J.R. Davidson, Keller Williams Hollywood Hills

Don't Bet The Farm!

2300 Baxter St.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

I like this new listing in Silver Lake, but I am worried that it is priced too high.  What do you think?

It is a very chic re-envisioned 1930s bungalow transformed into what looks like a Virginia farmhouse.  I know that last sentence makes this pad seem questionable, but it's not.  Barbara Bestor did it in 2004 and it is very, very cool! But is it worth $925,000? It was sold for $372,000 in 2003 before the renovation.



Here is the situation:  It is listed as having 1,625 SF.  Per the assessor, it is 1,330.  I imagine that the converted garage makes up the difference.

Per the listing, "The pitched roofline and cement board siding evoke an east coast farmhouse, but simple interior volumes, sustainable materials & industrial ingredients are classic California modern."



It sits way above the street on a mostly usable 7,303 SF lot.  There is not much to say about the landscaping or outdoor spaces.  They are very spartan to say the least. The home possesses some decent views (away from the reservoir) and a nice deck from which to enjoy them.



The interior is very well conceived and makes great use of the small space.

It is listed at $925,000, has 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms. It is in Clifford Elementary.
Listing is courtesy of Barry Gray of Deasy Penner & Partners

If you want to see it, let me know. Email or call anytime!  (310) 991-3808




John Abides! Lautner in The Hollywood Hills

After seeing the Big Lebowski for about the 1000th time last Friday at Lebowski Fest LA, I was already in a Lautner kind of mood!  Then this one hit this morning.  

John Lautner’s Polin House from 1947 (3542 Multiview) appeared in my inbox and was on Caravan today.
Coming back from an inspection in the Valley, I stopped in to check it out.  Up a shared driveway are dueling Lautners.      

They own the promontory, making the most of the jetliner views it offers.  I indignantly banged on the door of the wrong one before making my way to the correct house. Lautner incorporated long walls of glass, sharp angles and open spaces into these houses.  

Only 1,342 SF, it is not a large house by any means.  Dwarfed by the Sheats Goldstein Residence in The Big Lebowski, this is a very different but very livable space for a couple or single person.

It is billed as having 3 bedrooms, but one has been converted into a very cool study and one is a lower unit not accessable from the interior.


So essentially it is a very indulgent 1-bedroom pad.

With 27,000+ SF of land (mostly hillside) it is a nice chunk of the hill.  Overlooking the Valley below, it is clear why this lot was chosen.

Offered by Aaron Kirman & Chad Rogers of Hilton & Hyland

For sale at $1,495,000, that’s $1,114/SF.  Worth it for a Lautner?  Well... How badly do you want it? 





PS I love you


On the way back from the desert this weekend, we drove through Palm Springs with 2 intentions: 1) to eat our 2nd Mexican meal in 12 hours and 2) to seek out and admire some of the iconic mid-century architecture that residents have preserved and restored.

We started our pseudo-tour on Apache Road in Twin Palms Estates where the first Alexander Tract Houses reside.


Next we stopped by St. Theresa Catholic Church, a William F. Cody designed building from 1968 (great year BTW) with incredible details throughout.  I caught this Road Runner genuflecting outside in one of the many courtyards.  There were no coyotes in sight.




This Motel/Apartment called, "The Hideaway," designed by Architect, Herbert W. Burns, won a 2010 Palm Springs Modern Committee Preservation Award.  So we checked it out... poked around the grounds and contemplated going for a swim.



We drove as close as we could to Frey House II, but couldn't get as close to it as Julius Shulman did in 1965.


We found  the Walter White House on West Cielo Road in Little Tuscany Estates. Rumor has it that It was built in 1955 after White spent some time with R.M. Schindler.  Ripoff or homage?  You be the judge.


Just up the road on Cielo, we saw this very cool house sitting atop a bluff.  I don't know anything about it.  If you do, please let me know!


We happened upon the Kaufmann House, a Neutra from 1946.



Before leaving town, we stopped at the corner of El Molino & North Sunny View where 7 of Donald Wexler's Steel Development Houses stand at attention.





Before leaving Palm Springs, we pulled into the Visitors Center. The dramatic hyperbolic paraboloid  and futuristic overtones of the building instantly reminded me of 2 other iconic structures. "Jack Colker's 76" gas station in Beverly Hills (easily one of the best example of Googie Architecture)...


...and the Edens Theater (no longer in existence) in Northbrook, IL, near where I grew up.  When it opened in 1964, it was billed as, the largest hyperbolic paraboloid building ever constructed.


I was not surprised to find out that the Visitors Center was originally built in 1965 as a filling station.  It was designed by Albert Frey and Robson Chambers and to this day serves as a gateway to the city and a harbinger of great things beyond.

  

Get your shovel! You are going to dig this....


The Wildwood Project

This is a great opportunity for an investor, builder or developer, but can also be an interesting alternative for a home buyer that just can't find the right house.

I recently listed 4 hillside lots in Eagle Rock on Wildwood Drive, a gorgeous winding street peppered with trees and lovely mid-century homes. The panoramic vistas lord over the valley.

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The scope of the project is up to you.  Buy all four lots and build four individual homes, create a small lot subdivision or just pick your favorite lot and build your dream house.

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This is a very unique project as much of the tedious work has already been done with the city.  The seller purchased 5 lots, tying 2 together to make 4 individual parcels ranging from 5,000-10,000 Square Feet, he got an exception to move the existing oak trees and has pulled ALL permits for 1544 Wildwood.

His intention was to build the four homes rendered here:

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There are plans for all 4 homes which were designed by noted Chilean architect, Juan Pablo Rozas. They broke ground on two of the lots, completing excavation, retaining walls and caissons before putting the project on hold. You can take it from here.

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The property at 1544 Wildwood (pictured below) actually comes with plans, reports AND permits already paid for.

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The lots are priced as follows:
1540 Wildwood     4,800 SF     $165,000
1544 Wildwood     5,380 SF     $195,000
1552 Wildwood     6,795 SF     $99,000
1556 Wildwood   10,094 SF     $150,000

Map It

If this sounds like a project for you or someone you know, please email or call me anytime at: (310) 991-3808. I have the plans at my office if you would like to go over them in person.







Meet me for Tequila at Hollywood & Vine!

I just listed a fantastic 2-story live/work loft in the heart of Hollywood. You might recognize the building. It has a giant Patron bottle on the top!


Located at the most famous intersection in the world, this penthouse unit sits 12 floors above the iconic corner.


Enter on the lower floor which can be used as a studio space, office, 2nd bedroom etc.



Upstairs is a swanky living area with high ceilings, 2 bathrooms, a custom Viking kitchen and  plenty of room to entertain!



The views are spectacular and can be enjoyed form large windows facing 2 directions (north & east).

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Bring the party upstairs to the rooftop deck and make the patrons at Dre's jealous.  You can see them from here... so they can see you!


6253 Hollywood Boulevard Penthouse 1106


It is available for sale or lease. $675,000 & $3,800/month.

Call or email for details! (310) 991-3808


MINTZ

Community Theatre

I’ve been a fan of Dan Bern for years. If you are not familiar with his music, I urge you to check him out.  He is an amazingly prolific songwriter possessing an unusual ability to weave comedy into poignant lyrics with a voice & attitude akin to Bob Dylan. Why is this relevant to eastsidedigs?  Because I dig Echo Park, and I now have one more reason to espouse its virtues.

Dan.

I had the rare opportunity this week to sit in a comfortable chair, surrounded by other Dan Bern fans in a room decorated slightly more quirkily than, but in the same vein as, the rec-rooms I recall from the 70s.  The venue was wedged into a commercial space in Echo Park next to a very cool frame store. In this uncanny space, I was treated to an amazing acoustic set, sans amps and mics. Dan performed a few feet away from me with an awesome group called Common Rotation

Common Rotation

Being a fan, I get an email every once in a while from Dan’s headquarters alerting me to his concert schedule.  It seems that even though he lives in LA, he doesn’t often play here.  I missed his last performance at the Bootleg, but noticed that he was going to be showing up at this enigmatic venue: The Echo Country Outpost. I arrived early and, to my surprise, found a no-cover, no frills room filled with chairs  and  couches from just as many yard sales.  I was offered a beer at no charge and took my seat.  Where the hell was I?  No line?  No duchey door guy? No cover?  Free beer?  Friendly, engaging people lacking the typical vapid, annoying attitude you might have also have come to expect from our city… Utopia?  No.  Echo Park... If you have the opportunity, go see a show here.

It was in incredible evening.  I left the event bolstered by a feeling that there is an unusual sense of community developing in EP.  Once known for its roughhewn edges, it’s now considered one of the up-and-coming hoods in our city.  Gone are the days when you would only go to Echo Park to see a baseball game and then just as quickly get the hell out!

Echo Park: It’s not just for baseball anymore!  Now you can push your stroller down the street, see live music for free, eat well and feel safe.  I was at The Echo a few Sundays ago... during the day!  There were several decent bands performing... and young children running through the crowd.  


If you are in the market to buy and haven’t considered Echo Park, you might be surprised by the steadily increasing home prices.  Take a walk on Sunset near Alvarado on any night of the week.  The energy is palpable.  The feeling of community is growing.  The neighborhood is alive and vibrant!  Don’t be surprised if you get back in your car and think, “hey… I want to live here!”

As for Dan Bern, Common Rotation and the Echo Country Outpost, put them all on your to-do list. 

Of course if you want to add Echo Park to your home search, I can help you with that!  Give me a call or email anytime! (310) 991-3808

Grand Theft Abode- Steal this house!

  

2190 Talmadge St. in Los Feliz

It’s called “The Gogol House, 1939” according to the listing.  Raphael Soriano is the architect responsible.  At $1,195,000 this 2,779 SF home built in 1939 could be yours! The current owner purchased it for $915K in 2003 (over asking).


 
Soriano was an influential figure in the evolution of “mid-century” architecture; home design practices and their implementation.  This is a great example of his early work.

 
It is important to note that he is a fellow Trojan, having graduated from USC in 1934… FIGHT ON!




What do you get for your million-two?  3 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms, decks, glass and a great pedigree to hang on your wall!
 



The listing rightfully states that this is “a rare opportunity to own an important residence by an iconic, mid-century modern architect.”  
 

 
Offered by Deasy Penner & Partners



If you want to see it, send me an email or call me at: (310) 991-3808

"A tale of 2 Ficketts" or "Now You CAN Be Fickle About Fickett"

Two great Ficketts in one week?  Not far from each other either!  This property, located at 3122 Nichols Canyon Rd. in Nichols Canyon, is the 2nd offering in the past few days built in the same neighborhood in the same year by the same guy... MY fellow Trojan, Edward Fickett. The man designed over 60,000 homes, so I guess it's understandable.


Nevertheless, it is a spectacular home that has been tastefully updated and renovated, yet it seems to maintain Eddie's original intention.


The 2,510 SF house is perched on a respectable 8,400 SF lot with 4 bedrooms & 3.5 bathrooms.


There seem to be so many walls of glass that I think you are going to have to invest in some freestanding art.  There is nowhere to hang your Calder!


Per the listing: "The open living plan revolves around a dramatic glass atrium that anchors the center of the house and provides incredible light."


"Floor-to-ceiling sliders open the entire rear of the house to the pool & decks."


This is a great house for realizing your California dream.  Fickett masterfully arranges space, both indoor and out, for relaxation among simplicity.... But, you can put your racket away. This one doesn't have a cantilevered tennis court either!

Offered by Geoff Clark of Deasy Penner & Partners

The property is listed for $1,895,000

If you want to see it, shoot me an email or give me a call at: (310) 991-3808

MINTZ

What's the definition of Buff? Burleigh! Oh... you can throw a Hensman in there too!

I had the pleasure of spending time in this gorgeous, very "original" mid-century "tour de force" built by Buff & Hensman. 820 Burliegh Drive in Pasadena


The Norton House, built in 1954 is an iconic example of Buff & Hensman's work at the time and is exemplary of the contribution their firm made to home design and architecture in the 1950s and beyond.  


Available again after being purchased by it's current owner almost exactly 1 year ago it is listed $15,000 below it's selling price in April 2010. Offered at $1,295,000, it will sell quickly.  


It's just shy of 1900 SF with 3 Bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, but the open floor plan, the indoor/outdoor flow, abundance of light and the lush landscape beyond its enormous walls of glass makes this house feel huge!



The little things... like this Picasso-esque mosaic above the range and the original cork floors and those unforgiving floor to ceiling windows that will not crumble into a thousand pieces if you walk into one by accident, but rather gut you from stem to stern (be careful, I almost did it) make this home a veritable time capsule.


It's all about the reveal! You park in a modest carport above the property. Walking down into the enclave provides a feeing of privacy. Partially through your short walk the property reveals its striking landscaping which is entirely centered around an actual flowing stream (water diverted from a nearby lake).  There are fish. There is a bridge.  The grounds are lush, verdant and make for a wonderful experience, appreciated inside and outside the home.




I think that what I like most about this property is that it is introspective and private. What I mean is that most homes are built on the high ground of a property, overseeing all  that surrounds it, striving to make the most of a view even if there is not much of a view to begin with.  This house brings you inside its own little world.  The only view you need is of your own property!  Do you want it?

Offered by Dilbeck Realtors

If you want to see this property, shoot me an email or call me at (310) 991-3808.

Gregory House? Wait... No... Gregory Ain's houses! 3 of em!

3 Gregory Ain designed properties have come on the market in the past few weeks. 

2845 Avenel St. # 1/2
A condo in the esteemed Avelel Housing Project in Silver Lake. Built in 1947 the unit is a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom 1,114 SF mid-century showcase.  It is meticulous but expensive. Hitting the streets at $729,000 with a $300/month HOA, you better have some cash in the bank.  At $654/SF it might not appraise.

Listed by: Crosby Doe Associates inc.

Then there is 2769 Highview Ave. in Altadena. This home is part of Ain's Park Planned Homes Development. It is a SFR with 3 bedrooms and 1.75 bathrooms.  The house is 1,344 SF and sits atop a 7,280 SF lot. Also thoughtfully, tastefully and conscientiously renovated & updated it is priced modestly at $619,000 which pencils out to a more reasonable $461/SF. It comes down to where you want to live. Am I right?


Listed by: Prudential California Realty

A few weeks ago, another Gregory Ain residence became available. 3814 Moor St. in Mar Vista. Built in 1948 and having been seriously "lived in," It comes replete with 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and all of the original "charm" you could ask for.  Weighing in at 1,414 SF with a 6,489 SF lot. it has potential.  It's a fixer, so bring your vision... and a broom.  It's listed at $649,500.

Listed by: Beach Equities

Of course if you want to see these or any other homes you are interested in, feel free to  shoot me an email or give me a call: 310.991.3808



Don't Cry Wolff!

2400 Carman Crest Dr. 

Thornton Ladd's "Wolff House," 1958, came on the market today. It's one of those situations that you just can't finance.  You pretty much need cash to buy this house, because at $1,995,000 with the public records stating that the house is 1,810 SF, the price of this 2 bedroom, 1.75 Bathroom home is north of $1,100/SF.  I don't see it appraising with any lender anywhere near that price.  But really... what do they know?  This house is amazing and will be a jewel in the crown of some smart collector.

The listing calls it aptly, "a floating glass pavilion over water."  With spectacular light, soaring ceilings and an understanding of the relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces, it is an iconic piece of modern architecture that must be evaluated on merit, not just comps pulled by an appraiser from the Inland Empire value.

Offered by Rob Johnson of Rodeo Realty

If you want to see this property, please call me at (310) 991-3808 or email me at: mark@mintzRE.com







BACK FLIP! Sweet Digs in Highland Park.

New on the market today is 5049 San Rafael Ave. in HP.  Another great Better Shelter flip! Built in 1922, the charming cottage has been nicely "re-envisioned." and updated, making it ready for sale.


Listed at $489K.  Purchased for $225K in September of last year.  Nice return!


3 Bedrooms & 3 Bathrooms in 1,482 SF on a 4,791 SF lot.


Offered by Brock Real Estate.


Let me know if you want to see it!

MINTZ

3813 Rhonda Vista Pl. In Los Feliz. Sporting Wood!

It's all about the wood!

New on the market today is this ultra contemporary Los Feliz architectural "statement" with very sharp lines, a sterile outward point of view and an ominous exterior.  But there seems to be a wonderful inner core to the home.  The warm tones and softness of the abundant wood and massive walls of glass make it approachable as a house and not just a monolithic piece of art. $2,495,000 get's you 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and 4,106 SF on a huge street to street lot! Offered by Crosby Doe Associates.

If you want to see it, let me know!

MINTZ