It's A Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World

1821 La Manzanita Street, South Pasadena

The Desser Residence, 1966, Thomas W. Woodman A.I.A.

Near the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, this Mid-Century Modern gem in the Altos de Monterey area of South Pasadena is sited on a large flat lot with sprawling gardens and mature fruit trees. Reimagined in 2009 by noted architecture firm, Chu + Gooding, the home has undergone an extensive renovation, while maintaining its mid-century roots. With two proportional wings, the trapezoidal structure maintains a clear distinction between the living areas and bedrooms. Walls of glass on all sides grant easy access to the exterior from many rooms. An incredible attention to detail has been paid to all aspects of this home: its floating, gallery style walls, poured concrete fireplace deck, gorgeous wood paneling, high-end appliances in the kitchen and speakers in virtually every room. This is a very unique home, oozing style and refinement. Very close to the coveted Monterey Hills Elementary School.

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2,699 SF
  • 12,402 SF lot

To schedule a private showing call Mark Mintz at (310) 991-3808 or email here (Click!).

Super Cool Mid-Century Modern Lease In Laurel Canyon

9035 Wonderland Park Avenue

Located within the modernist enclave of Wonderland Park in Laurel Canyon and across the street from Pierre & Gloria Koenig's Bailey House (Case Study House #21), this 4 bedroom, 3 bath Mid-Century-Modern gem is begging to be leased by a true modernism enthusiast. If you are looking for a chic pool home in the canyon where you can hang your hat for a year, this quiet, secluded retreat is perfect for you. The home boasts a large living room with fireplace, updated kitchen with Bosch appliances, Cesarstone countertops and a breakfast bar, a den with an additional fireplace, walls of glass that provide a seamless indoor-outdoor flow and an expansive master suite that features high ceilings and a Japanese soaking tub. The Wonderland Avenue Elementary School is a stones throw away. Available for a 1-year lease (furnished or unfurnished) beginning on August 15th.

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2,667 SF
  • 11,199 SF Lot
  • Offered for lease at $10,500/month

For more information or to schedule a private showing, please call Mark Mintz at (310) 991-3808 or send a message by clicking here!

Fabulous Mount Washington Mid-Century Modern With Epic Views

I checked out this very cool 1950 Mid Century Modern at the top of Mount Washington today. Set below the street, it is very private yet it still takes advantage of spectacular views. 

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1,785 SF
  • 9,035 SF Lot
  • Listed at $925,000

Interested in seeing it for yourself?  Give me a call at (310) 991-3808 or send me a message (click!).

Listing curtesy of Teles Properties, Liz Johnson

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!)

New Lease Listing In Outpost Estates

This beautiful Mid-Century home in Outpost Estates is sited on a private, flat lot, back and away from the street. The property is very secure with a gated driveway and gated entrance. The open floor plan is awash with natural light from numerous skylights. Gorgeous, beach-house wood floors have recently been installed. The home features a cook's kitchen, an outdoor kitchen on the front patio, a large family room, laundry room, off-street parking for 3 + cars. The grounds are impeccably landscaped and the numerous outdoor spaces make this a perfect home for entertaining. It is available for a 1 year lease beginning on 11/15/2013.

3 Bedrooms

2 Bathrooms

1,950 SF

20,797 SF Lot

Available for lease at $6,900/month

For a private showing, please call (310) 991-3808 or email (click!)

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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

Amazing Renovation In Los Feliz

Talk about taking it to the next level!

This was a great house when it sold in 2010 for $940,000.  Now listed at $1,489,000, the new price represents a massive, ground-up reno.

Los Feliz Mid Century

3 Bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 2,340 SF and sited on a spectacular, private 7,937 SF lot, this elegantly revised mid-century is a standout considering the extreme lack of inventory.

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The compound is private & serene with atypical moments throughout.

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The center courtyard with hot tub is accessible from several rooms.

call me if you want to buy this house

Listing courtesy of Konstantine Valissarakos & Sotheby's International Realty

This is a great house.  Let me know if you want to see it!

Email or call anytime for a private showing. (310) 991-3808

MINTZ

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.







Simple. Elegant. Refined. Buy this Silver Lake house now!


1973 Redesdale Avenue, 90039

Another Josef Van der Kar, AIA hit the market this weekend. This wonderful Silver Lake home exemplifies the renowned architect’s point of view… And by point of view, I mean aesthetically, not politically.  For an interesting read about Van der Kar’s amazing connection to cold-war-era politics, click here.



Purchased for just $275,000 by its current owner in 1995 it is listed today at $1,070,000 after what seems to be extensive renovations, repairs, care and a devotion to Van der Kar’s original vision for the home.



With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 1,840 SF it sits back from the street overlooking the reservoir. The 8,451 SF lot is being maximized for true California outdoor living.



 Offered by Barry Gray of Deasy Penner & Partners

Are you in the market for a home?  If so, give me a call at 310-991-3808 or shoot me an email anytime.


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