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7 Homes On The Market This Week

DPP March 10, 2023


7 Homes On The Market This Week

From lush Pasadena to the sunny San Fernando Valley and beyond, revel in a curated selection of some of our most impressive listings on the market now. These listings cover the full spectrum of Los Angeles living - ranging from a Pasadena estate with its very own art gallery spanning over 20,000 square feet to a 1926 Spanish Abode in Montecito heights, a loft in DTLA, and an expansive Hacienda and Ranch with old Hollywood ties in desirable West Hills. 

Pasadena | The Knoll House Estate

2 Oak Knoll Terrace | $38,500,000

The Samuel C Fertig House, renamed The Knoll House in 1971 by its new owner, Mrs Virginia Steele Scott, was originally built in 1916 and designed by preeminent architect Myron Hunt. Originally sited on five contiguous lots totaling 10.3 acres, which later became Oak Knoll Terrace, the original two-story, sixteen-room residence, was later expanded by another leading architect of the time, Gordon B Kaufmann. To ensure consistency, Peter Hall acted as the contractor for both builds. The property, already architecturally significant for the main Residence, rose to unparalleled prominence in 1973 with the addition of the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery by modernist architects Ladd & Kelsey, who had just designed the new Pasadena Art Museum (Norton Simon Museum), of which Mrs. Steele was a significant donor. The structure, intended to showcase Mrs. Steele’s extensive art collection was, from its inception, much more than a gallery. Encompassing over 21,000 square feet on three levels, it contained multiple living spaces, fireplaces, elevators, restrooms and circular staircases; kitchen; offices and multi-use spaces. Today, along with the Residence, the Gallery’s use and versatility far surpasses these original functions. Over the course of seven years, the two main structures totaling 35,000 square feet of living space were updated and restored – preserving the 100+ year-old craftsmanship and materials used by Mr. Hunt and Mr. Kaufmann, while providing commercial grade systems throughout the property. Now spread over 2.5 landscaped and gated acres, both structures have been repurposed to provide the highest level of living, entertaining and at-home work conveniences for today's ever changing environment. Together, the living spaces afford a lifestyle unmatched by any property in Southern California.

West Hills | Lederer Hacienda and Ranch


Franz Lederer Hacienda and Ranch. LA Cultural Historic Monument 204. Quietly, the gate opens to a shaded lane which quickly leads to another time, another setting, a California rancho set apart from the bustle and care of the city below, the Franz Lederer Hacienda. Originally formed from an original Spanish land grant, the estate consisted of 270 acres of fertile farmland near the headwaters of the Los Angeles River. The lane continues up to a flat parking overlook with the West San Fernando Valley below and Santa Monica Mountains in the near distance. Crowning the 6.7 acre knoll is the monastery-mission style home begun by Lederer in 1934. With his designer John R. Litke, Lederer intended the design to mimic the style of California Missions San Luis Rey and Santa Ynez and to house his growing collection of art and furnishings from the 14th to 19th centuries. As a true hacienda, the main house encompasses a brick-paved courtyard with galleries on three sides. This forms the entry and circulation to all the interior rooms which open to it. Pass through the courtyard with its splashing fountain. Let the living room welcome you with its vaulted heavy-beam ceiling and specially-made Spanish flooring. Three large arched windows and massive hearth anchor this one-thousand-square-foot room which flows in two directions to the wings of the residence. To the west enter the generous dining room which Architectural Digest characterized as "rustic splendor" mixing "the ornate with the simple and the rugged with the intricate." The wing continues by accessing the dining terrace, the eat-in kitchen, and two bedrooms with ensuite baths. A magnificent stained-glass window beckons to the east wing with its informal den-pub room replete with banquette and bar. Pass the third bedroom with bath and proceed to the magnificent library with its Gothic fireplace and ancient books, codices and maps. Nearby, on the westerly slope is the two-unit guest house, totally comprising three bedrooms, loft, and a terrace or patio. Each unit maintains complete privacy from the main residence. Throughout the hacienda 35 pairs of Spanish doors lead to an adjacent room, a courtyard, terrace, or garden. Most rooms feature a hearth as focus, antique floor tiles from Spain and Portugal, beamed ceilings, and white-washed, rough-brick walls. The artwork, sculpture, friezes, and ceramics create an adventure into the past. Because these details permeate the hacienda in various forms of attachment, some remain and some are negotiable separately. All the exterior walls, using stone quarried from the site, the imported tilework, interior surfaces were chosen to re-create the image of Alta California. The entire property consists of four lots serviced by the private road as it meanders through pasture land, separate guest quarters, quarry, and gardens. Two of the lower flanking parcels are serviced by city streets, available for greater residential density, and provide an excellent opportunity for further development, or keep as a one-of-a-kind private historical estate. In 2000, the entire estate was earthquake reinforced and brought up to current codes at an investment of millions. A thoroughly viable, modern residence but faithful to the spirit of Old California. Two cows still remain on the property, fittingly, a possible weekend horse ranch.

Santa Monica Canyon | Melinda Gray, AIA 2016

486 East Channel Road | $4,995,000

The creative joint effort by architect Melinda Gray, AIA 2016 and the owners produced a bright, playful, modern, exceedingly comfortable living environment. Centrally located near State Beach, Will Rogers and Rustic Canyon Park, the City of Santa Monica and the Palisades. The house provides a familiar village feel when entering the gated grounds. The main floor includes the cook's kitchen, formal living/dining combo, and family room all surrounded by floor-to-ceiling doors, and windows. The second level provides two bright evenly proportioned bedrooms and the spacious open loft-like master bed/bath combo. The third floor houses a seductive rooftop deck, potential fourth bed/bath spa-like environment including the hot tub surrounded by canyon views. Two separate studios currently used as office and yoga spaces are included. The thoughtful use of materials including white oak flooring and Silestone countertops + the placement of windows, internal and external light openings make the space thoughtful and memorable. 

Studio City | Contemporary Masterpiece

12334 Cantura Street | $4,225,000

Modern living in this exceptional Studio City haven is proof you really can have it all! Desirably set in the sought-after Silver Triangle neighborhood, this stunner, once the quaint cottage featured in the beloved "Malcolm in the Middle" TV show, has been impeccably transformed into a contemporary masterpiece. Drawing inspiration from Mid-century modern design, its impressive facade sits on a gated lot perfectly placed on a picturesque tree-lined street. Past the pivot entry, a long list of must-have features is displayed throughout the sleek interior. Thoughtfully crafted with high-end finishes, the sweeping 4-bedroom, 4-bath layout has generously sized entertaining areas under soaring ceilings. Skylights pair with an expansive picture window and chic globe lighting to brighten your open-concept living room. From the warmth of the dramatic linear fireplace, enjoy a seamless flow to the chef's kitchen. With professional-grade stainless steel appliances and gleaming marble countertops accentuating emerald cabinetry with brass hardware, it's truly an inspired culinary space. Gather guests at the oversized waterfall island or share intimate meals in the chandelier-lit dining area. A built-in beverage fridge and wine rack are conveniently located just steps away. Sleek tile flooring continues to the sunlit family room where you'll find tons of built-in storage and glass sliders opening to a secluded patio. A dramatic centerpiece in the home, a floating staircase leads to the upper-level private retreats. Each exudes a unique personality with distinctive wallpaper that beautifully contrasts the crisp white tones while adding depth and texture. Double doors reveal a luxurious primary suite that pampers you with a striking linear fireplace, custom built-in shelving, and access to the large rooftop deck. Before you call it a day, sip a refreshing nightcap as you watch the sun sink on the horizon. Indulge in a spa-like bath in the luxe ensuite with dual vanities, an oversized walk-in rainfall shower, and a deep soaking tub. Unwind in seclusion on the covered patio's swing - the perfect spot to appreciate your backyard oasis surrounded by lush bamboo. An outdoor kitchen complete with a built-in BBQ, beverage fridge, and a prep area ensures hosting weekend celebrations in the cabana by the pool is a breeze. Bonus items include sub-level storage - ideal for a wine cellar and an insulated sound room. A fabulous location places you in the Carpenter School District, and you'll have close proximity to the city's numerous shopping, dining, and entertaining options. With so much to explore, why just read about it? Come make this gem yours before it's gone for good!

DTLA | Barker Block Live/Work Loft

527 Molino Street, #202 | $1,550,000

Live/Work Loft at the trendy Barker Block warehouse 1. Corner unit, the largest floor plan in the building on a single level. Tastefully upgraded with custom wood dividers, built-in storage, a kitchen island, and much more. Several large windows bring lots of light to the open floor plan. Exposed brick walls give character and remind of the history of the building. The building features a roof deck pool, gym, doorman, and assigned parking. Located in the Arts District, where one can work and play. Walk to many eateries and the latest hot spots in town, including Soho Warehouse.

San Gabriel | 1928 Monterey Colonial

373 Duane Avenue | $1,499,000

Welcome to this elegant three bedroom, two bath 1928 Monterey Colonial in one of the area's most sought after communities. You enter via a stately foyer that showcases the central staircase and leads into the expansive living room with a tall beamed ceiling, hand-crafted built-ins and a wall of French doors that connect to a light-filled sunroom. The residence is filled with character and charm that includes hardwood floors, period architectural details, arched doorways and an exceptional floor plan. Other highlights include a stunningly remodeled kitchen with gleaming white cabinetry, high-end stainless steel appliances, a lovely breakfast area and an inviting formal dining room.The second level has three bedrooms including a spacious primary bedroom that opens out to the front balcony that spans the full width of the house and has treetop views of the beautiful, verdant avenue below. In addition, there is a large, multi-sectioned bedroom that runs along the back side of the structure that has numerous possibilities to be an office, bedroom or family room that looks down over the well-manicured yard. Don't miss this picture-perfect property in one of the town's most desirable neighborhoods, close to the award winning Coolidge Elementary School. All this on an idyllic tree-lined street surrounded by gracious properties. This would be a true pleasure to call home!

Montecito Heights | 1926 Spanish Abode

1343 Montecito Circle | $1,399,000

Tucked away on a quiet street in desirable Montecito Heights sits this exquisite three bedroom, two bathroom Spanish abode. Enter into the light-filled living room boasting 24’ vaulted ceilings, fireplace, wrought-iron accents, and a serene pool view. The open kitchen consists of quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and wine fridge, perfect for hosting dinner parties or enjoying a casual meal with loved ones. The second level opens up to a landing with a sitting area, full-length balcony, and vistas from every window. The primary suite is a luxurious retreat with vaulted ceilings, walk-in closet, private balcony, and a newly renovated spa-like bathroom featuring Clé Tiles, soaking tub, dual vanities, and a walk-in shower.  Enjoy a bird's eye view of the city from the third-floor office. Step outside into your own private oasis where you can soak up the sun on the carport deck, cool off in the sparkling pool, or entertain guests in the lushly landscaped backyard.  A truly coveted home centrally located to DTLA, Highland Park, York Blvd, Pasadena, and Debs Park. Easy access to dining, entertainment, and groceries at Triple Beam, Home State, Mazal, Civil Coffee, Lodge Room, Cookbook, and more.

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