This week, enjoy a curated catalog of some of our most impressive properties located primarily on the Westside and one standout home in Los Feliz. Spanning across history and style from mid- century moderns, a Mexican mission-style estate, to the Freeman House, a Frank Lloyd Wright original built in the Hollywood Hills. These residences are all unique yet remain quintessential to the best of Southern California living. Happy hunting!
This Los Feliz listing is our first feature this week due to it’s prime location and high value. At 3,346 sqft, five bedrooms and five bathrooms, this home can accommodate a large family for unmatched value (under $800/ft). The home is close to all types of action while offering simultaneous privacy to kickback with the family. Thanks to the outdoor patio, two car garage and mature fruit trees (Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Guava and Loquat). Outside the property, access is a breeze to all the best hiking and biking trails at Griffith Park, delicious restaurants on Vermont Ave and outdoor venues at The Greek. Inside, the home flourishes with natural light, south facing sliders, French doors, hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings. Schedule your in-person or virtual visit today.
Enjoy a swim at the beach and then take a drive up to the Santa Monica Canyon where this this beautiful, single-story Craftsman, awaits. Located on the rim of the Canyon, the location provides easy access to the Canyon Charter School, Rustic Canyon Park, restaurants, and of course, the beach. Stepping from outside to inside is a beautiful transition that was carefully considered and crafted by the architects to create a blended natural space with skylights, sliding glass doors, exposed wooden rafters, and bright entertainment rooms that remain open and connected to the grounding outdoor spaces. The master and second bedroom each contain character and beautiful displays of craftsmanship with private bathrooms that are spacious and filled with natural light. This home’s backyard space is shaded by mature trees and features a wooden crafted backyard patio that will steal you and your guests’ breath away. From the hardscape to an arching staircase that leads to the secluded pool, this backyard could be anyone’s final destination. Schedule your tour today.
This historical home is an architectural rarity that has been loved and preserved by the original owners. Commissioned for the Engelman family who ran the largely successful Beverly Hills restaurant, “Nibblers”, the restauranteurs hired architects Homer Valentine and Paul Bennet to design a mid-century masterpiece. Inside features original terrazzo floors, custom walnut paneling, and dual stacked brick and marble fireplaces. This 3,610 sqft home includes five bedrooms and four bathrooms that are simple, elegant and filled with light. Throughout the rooms and common spaces, floor to ceiling windows bring in natural light and crop the picturesque backyard. Drive by, schedule a tour, and enjoy this charming neighborhood where other famous mid-century moderns border adjacent.
Hollywood Hills | William Kesling | The Estes Residence | Streamline Moderne
This wildly intricate yet simple streamline moderne overlooks the canyon with no shortage of abundant greenery and luscious landscape. Designed by William Kesling in 1935, this three level treasure contains original steel casement windows where inside those sitting in the living room can marvel at the surroundings. This masterpiece features several architectural varieties that have been seamlessly stitched together to create a one of a kind space. More recently, an add-on was installed adding another living space complete with a private bed room, bath and kitchen. There are two outside spaces that are equally as impressive that include a rooftop patio that is accessed by a spiral staircase and outdoor fire coupled with a hot tub ready to be enjoyed on the bottom floor patio. Surrounding the property are mature Jacaranda trees and various other mature green canopies that make this poised property feel secluded.
Hollywood | The Samuel & Harriet Freeman House | Frank Lloyd Wright, 1923-1925
This historical landmark was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s top 20 most important works and is now on the market ready for an impassioned buyer looking to live in a remarkably unique property. Cresting the hill above Highland and Franklin, 270 degree views of the LA basin and Hollywood can be enjoyed throughout the home. Originally, this home was designed as a salon space with a focal hearth, quasi-open kitchen, two bedrooms and various terraces and roof decks. Included are original furnishings by Rudolph Schindler. The concrete knit blocks provide organic aesthetic and decoration, an embodiment of Wright’s concept that intended his architecture to stand as art. The pictures of this property speak for themselves yet there is far more context and history to be acquired through the various writings included below.
Jeffrey M. Chusid. “Saving Wright – The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials and Modernity” Illustrated, December 19, 2011.
Peyton Hall, et al. Historic Structure Report for the Freeman House, USC.
Peyton Hall and Students. Inventory of Feature Details (hardware, plumbing, grilles etc).
Doug Noble Collection of Archival Material, USC
Kathryn Smith. “Samuel and Harriet Freeman House: A Natural House” Journal of Organic Architecture + Design, Vol. 8, #3, 2020.
Our last historical listing of the week spotlights a six lot estate nestled in the Santa Monica Canyon. This colonial Mexican estate was designed by John Byers in the 1920’s, an architect famously known for his Mexican revivalist renovations. Before the construction of this major estate, the Marquez Rancho Hacienda predated what the grounds look like today. Stepping inside the main building, one is greeted by a noble two-story foyer that naturally leads the visitor into the high vaulted living room that includes a stately hearth, dark wooden floors with original paneled windows on both sides of the room. Also on the first floor includes a library, bar, corner fireplace, owner’s suite complete with a sitting room and bath. The kitchen and two staff bedrooms complete the layout of the first floor. Above, the second floor includes two additional suites and baths and balcony coupled with a spacious terrace that sits above the beautiful grounds. Outside, the veranda provides shade to enjoy company around a spacious courtyard that leads to a grand pool. Bordering the property are Sycamores and Bougainvilleas that provide natural shade. Lastly, this property embraces a chapel, theater, three casitas, two studios, an outdoor bar, fireplace, and sports court.
Masterfully designed by architect Frank Israel and sustainably landscaped by Jay Griffith, the duo manifested a home that both elates artistic expression as much as it does in being pragmatic and sustainable in its design. Before entering through the main doors, the future homeowner and their guests will enjoy a boldly modern facade with faint ocean-view backdrops. Israel’s open floor plan defines each room without shutting the dining, living or kitchen out from each other. Each of these three rooms have been designed to smoothly transition, making living and entertaining all the more desirable. Walking the hallways was designed to be an exciting task as one is able to enjoy seeing out from the floor to ceiling windows to the outside landscapes where terrace and pool await occupation. Here is where the main suites are, of which includes a master suite facing the garden and pool. The other suite attaches to a patio overlooking the pacific. Traveling up the stairs brings one to the “cockpit” or home office that overlooks the entire complex and ocean below. Moving to the other side of the house, two more en-suite bedrooms and a bonus office/bedroom supports ample room for company or family. Final noteworthy features include a three-car garage, guest parking, high ceilings, expansive skylights, two fireplaces and hardwood floors. This distinct property is ready to be enjoyed, schedule your tour today.