DPP | Compass November 10, 2023
Nestled within the picturesque landscapes of Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley lie seven homes currently gracing the market—a fusion of artistry, functionality, and luxury. From a Spanish Colonial Revival in the hills of Los Feliz and a classic Mid-Century residence in the Hollywood Hills to a Turn of the Century Prairie-Style Estate in South Pasadena, these dwellings, each a testament to innovative design and timeless elegance, beckon those with a penchant for the extraordinary.
Los Feliz | The Shinn Estate, c.1925
2556 Aberdeen Avenue | $11,995,000
The Shinn Estate, c.1925; a magnificent example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style, designed for Harry Shinn and his family by architect Henry Harwood Hewitt. The home is believed to be Hewitt's final work before his passing in 1926. Sited up a long drive on one of the most coveted streets in Los Feliz, this trophy estate evokes old world Los Angeles and a bygone era of design and elegance. Enter up a winding driveway and arrive at the home's dramatic entrance: a soaring double height foyer, capped by the original chandelier, a wood beam ceiling with original stenciled paint designs, and flanked by decorative wrought iron balustrades. Textured plaster shapes coved ceilings and arched doorways throughout the living and dining spaces, pairing with rustic details like studded wood saloon doors and a truly majestic rough-hewn outdoor fireplace. The indoor entertaining and living areas are spacious and inviting, accented by inset wood beams and fully-functioning mullioned windows. The residence has been meticulously looked after and thoughtfully updated with nods to the original feel and design. The professional-grade custom kitchen overlooks a multi-level outdoor entertainment space with a freeform heated saltwater pool, jacuzzi and outdoor shower, all nestled beneath a fairy tale hillside garden. Newly refinished in Pennsylvania blue stone by landscape designer, Paul Robbins, the patio space accommodates up to 150 guests for sit-down dinner, and the entire home can easily host more than 300 for cocktails. Decorative tile, water features, and intricate brickwork add charming detail and a sense of timeless luxury to this remarkable property.
South Pasadena | Turn of the Century Prairie-Style Estate
1000 Buena Vista Street | $6,900,000
Welcome to this incredible showcase worthy estate sited on an idyllic tree lined street with stunning curb appeal in one of South Pasadena’s most desirable neighborhoods. The seven bedroom, seven bath Prairie style residence is picture perfect and takes you back in time to offer a glimpse into the elegance and grandeur of when this was built in 1903. The home sits raised on a verdant knoll that is bookended by two gated entries that connect via a grand circular drive. You are then beckoned in from the wide, welcoming front porch that wraps the home and sits under a majestic canopy from the tree branches above. The 7,323 square foot (measured) interior is made up of three expansive levels, as well as a finished basement with bar that adds an extra 577 square feet (measured). Each room is more breath-taking than the last and includes a beautiful living room, a sun dappled family room or parlor with French doors that look out at the dark bottom pool, as well as the rear yard with numerous seating areas. This level also features a stately formal dining room with wood paneled wainscoting, an office with elegant built-ins, a delightful sunroom, a sitting room, a spacious kitchen where the possibilities abound, a deep walk-in pantry, a mud room and so much more. The regal center staircase leads you up to the second level that has magnificent leaded glass windows as well as five bedrooms including the primary suite that has a marble surround fireplace, as well as a charming seating area. The third level offers two additional bedrooms, a study, a craft or homework room plus ample storage and closets throughout. Not to be missed is the basement that is a perfect den or billiards room with a private entrance that steps up to the driveway and three-car garage.
Hollywood Hills | Druckman Residence | R.M. Schindler, Architect, 1946
2764 Outpost Drive | $2,400,000
The Dr. and Mrs. Jacob Druckman Residence, R.M. Schindler, Architect, 1946. Schindler never played by any rules but his own. Each of his houses bear the mark of an independent intelligence seeking new boundaries in architecture, seizing every opportunity to provide a liberating experience in space through complex geometries. Located in Hollywood Hills' Outpost Estates, the 1941 Druckman radiates pure Schindler. In original condition with minor alterations, it exemplifies his supple mastery with a hillside site. Light plays through different openings, each view of sky and nature carefully framed. Three-dimensional sculpture is transformed into functional built-in cabinetry and bookcases that appear exactly where needed, as though anticipating one’s path. Every detail is considered, beginning with the rhythm of the joints on the pathway that run up the adjacent garage wall. The secluded walkway leads to what appears to be a one-story house, set back from the street in a thicket of greenery. The entry opens to a landing with a choice: go up, where the warmth of the living space, kitchen, bedroom and study, awaits upstairs, a peek of the exposed roof framing and light spilling over a cabinet above, or down, to other bedrooms and storage below. A polished wood floor and wall planes of old-growth rotary-cut plywood, refurbished to a rich brown, are a striking contrast to white walls, rafters, and beams. In the living area, a group of large windows below a wide clerestory opens to views, fresh air, and the greenery below. Defining a key datum line, a strong tie beam contains an uplight that defines the asymmetric triangle of the roof, one of the many original hidden lights serving wayfinding and defining space. A recessed trapezoidal clerestory offers yet another source of sunlight.
Highland Park | Highland Park Commercial Space
5511 York Boulevard | $2,250,000
Welcome to this stunning commercial building located in the desirable neighborhood of Highland Park. With its prime location and an array of impressive features, this property is sure to captivate your attention. Spanning across 1,637 square feet, this NELA beauty offers a versatile layout that is perfect for various business endeavors. As you step inside, you'll be greeted by a formal entry and a spacious main showroom featuring an open beamed ceiling and an abundance of natural light streaming through several skylights. The combination of these elements creates a truly spectacular ambiance that is both inviting and inspiring. In addition, the property boasts a spacious conference room that is perfect for hosting meetings and presentations. The private office provides a quiet and comfortable space for focused work, while the bonus loft space offers endless possibilities for customization. The interior of this building has been thoughtfully updated to meet modern needs while maintaining its unique character. Refinished concrete floors add a touch of industrial chic, while the opened ceiling exposes the beautiful beams and additional skylights, flooding the space with even more light. Recessed lighting illuminates the area, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The stained plywood ceilings add a touch of warmth and elegance to the space. The building boasts an updated kitchen with sleek cabinets and high-quality appliances, perfect for catering to the needs of your business. The recent installation of vintage industrial interior reclaimed steel windows adds a touch of character and charm to the space. Additionally, recently installed Pinky's windows and doors on the exterior enhance the building's curb appeal.
Pasadena | Pasadena Modern with ADU
1523 East Elizabeth Street | $1,800,000
Prepare to be amazed by this stunningly renovated Pasadena property! Originally built in 1922, this home has been completely transformed from the ground up to meet the demands of modern living. Spanning an impressive 2,637 square feet with high ceilings, this property offers a spacious and luxurious lifestyle. Step inside the main residence, which boasts 1,837 square feet of thoughtfully designed living space. The bright and airy living and dining room welcomes you with open arms. The chef's kitchen is a true masterpiece, featuring a generous custom island and well-appointed stainless steel appliances. The family room is adorned with custom cabinetry and built-in shelving, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The main residence also showcases three spacious bedrooms, each boasting finished closets for ample storage. The two impressive bathrooms are a true oasis, with one serving as the en-suite for the primary bedroom, adding a touch of luxury to your everyday routine. As an added bonus, this property includes a brand new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), perfect for guests, extended family, rental income, or even a home office. This versatile 800 square foot space offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry area, living and dining areas, and a full kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances and a practical bar top for optimal functionality. Plus, the ADU comes equipped with solar panels, providing an eco-friendly energy solution. The outdoor spaces of this property are equally remarkable. The front yard showcases water-efficient landscaping, while the backyard patio has been designed with low maintenance and water conservation in mind. Enjoy the perfect blend of beauty and sustainability in your own private oasis.
South Pasadena | Character Spanish
1611 Oak Street | $1,250,000
First time on the market in decades, this character Spanish is situated on a beautiful, tree-lined street in close proximity to South Pasadena's award-winning Marengo, Middle, and High Schools, as well as shopping, and dining in the ever popular Mission District. The home offers a formal entry and step-down living room opening to a covered patio and cozy rear garden, plus a formal dining room, a breakfast room, and an attached garage. In need of refurbishing, the home has great potential and awaits a new owner who will bring it up to today's standards while enjoying the beauty of the Oak Street neighborhood.
Glassell Park | 1916 Japanese-Style Craftsman
3327 Cazador Street | $989,000
Welcome to this charming 1916 Japanese-style craftsman home nestled in the desirable neighborhood of Glassell Park. With three bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths, and 1,198 square feet of living space, this home offers a perfect blend of modern updates and preserved character details. As you step inside, you'll be greeted by beautiful wood flooring that adds warmth and elegance to the interior. The sunlit kitchen has been tastefully updated, boasting a perfect blend of functionality and style. The updated plumbing, HVAC, and windows ensure comfort and efficiency throughout the home, while the intact character details and original built-ins add a touch of nostalgia. Outside, the large lot provides ample space and potential for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU). The updated exterior siding offers peace of mind and low-maintenance living. The lovely garden with multiple fruit trees creates a serene oasis where you can relax and unwind. One of the highlights of this home is its fantastic location. Situated in close proximity to all the new restaurants and amenities that Glassell Park has to offer, you'll find yourself just a short distance away from popular spots like Bub & Grandma's, Dunsmoore, Lemon Poppy Kitchen, Wife and the Somm, and LA Home Farm. Don't miss your opportunity to make this beautiful property your own and experience the perfect blend of modern updates and timeless charm that this home has to offer.
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