Cliff May, native Californian & a self-taught builder of genius, built his entire career on the premise that houses here should all but compel us outdoors into the sunshine every day. Here is May’s model home for Bell Canyon, one of his last master-planned horse communities. This meticulously renovated property is in May’s “Atomic Ranch” Modern style on a grand scale. The long, low lines of the one-story structure are penetrated by a glorious open porte cochere, dividing auto court, 3-car garages, workshop & two horse stalls from the residence proper. The flat 4/5+ acre lot affords a separate central recreation area with both covered & open patios and a pool, sheltered by bedroom and public wings to either side of a classic May-style skylit, gabled living room. Secure & gated, the unincorporated community’s HOA dues also maintain May’s original Community & Equestrian Centers.
First offering: City of Los Angeles Cultural Historic Monument #380, The Kallis-Sharlin Residence, 1946, by architect Rudolph Schindler, with later additions by Josef Van der Kar, and L.A. Twelve architect Leroy Miller, F.A.I A.
Art and Music have always flourished in this dynamic space originally designed for artist Mischa Kallis as a residence and art studio. In 1960 Kallis sold the property directly to his cousin Jacqueline and her husband William Sharlin. Jacqueline was a noted concert pianist who had actually performed at Carnegie Hall.
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Theodore Pletsch, Architect
The Crowell Residence, 1967, by architect Theodore Pletsch in collaboration with owner/decorator Jean Crowell. Eleven years after its completion, an article in the Los Angeles Times Home Magazine celebrated the timelessness of the property, attributing this quality to Crowell’s design sense acquired while living abroad. Structures on-site exude a rare hybrid of the modern & the classical, combining an old-world sense of color & material with a contemporary sensibility. Three sets of massive glass doors open to the formal garden & Greco-Roman swimming pool, which was originally part of a sprawling Orange Grove estate by the venerable architecture firm Bennett & Haskell. The main residence incorporates a double-height living room, formal dining room, 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, a laundry & an attached 2-car garage. The entry passage draws the visitor into the back yard where the guesthouse – with its open plan living area, kitchen, bedroom & bath – anchors the vista across the pool.
Historic Modernist Home Ocean to Lake
1221 North Lake Way was built in 1937 and designed by Belford Shoumate, one of the most popular Modernist architects on the island of Palm Beach. Designed as a 6,000 sq. ft. “Nautical Mansion,” the “Fore and Aft House” was featured in the 1939 World’s Fair as one of the House of Tomorrow. That fair’s lasting influence on American Architecture, and its fascination with industrial design and speed, can be seen in this unique property.
The southern elevation at 1221 has concrete porthole columns that repeat along the windowed curtain wall and the upper decks feature steamship railings. The Aft (eastern elevation) has a 2-car Y shaped garage with 3 exits. The Fore (west) features the pool overlooking the Intracoastal view and dock. The house sits on 65 feet of Intracoastal frontage, offering stunning views and amazing sunsets as well as a deep-water dock. The nautical-like design has the effect of a boat, sitting on the lot overlooking the Intracoastal. Equally important, the Fore and Aft House is the only Lakefront house in Palm Beach with its own deeded oceanfront cabana down the block.
Most of the original details remain, including some custom furnishings. The Fore and Aft House was designed with 5 bedrooms with exterior doors to enter and exit the exterior decks, not unlike steamships of the day. Many of the original bathroom details remain, and any missing elements could be easily found and restored.
Frank Lloyd Wright
The Sherman Booth Residence
A unique home from Prairie School master Frank Lloyd Wright is up for grabs in the North Shore suburb of Glencoe. Know as the Sherman Booth House, the three-story house was built in 1916 for Frank Lloyd Wright’s attorney, Crain’s reveals. The spacious home, which features five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, is the largest of six other Wright-designed homes in the Ravine Bluffs subdivision. The house has a distinctive Prairie look to it, but also has some other features that are not common in Wright homes. Most notably, the home has a rooftop deck with a brick fireplace that was part of Wright’s design. According to Crain’s, the current owners purchased the house back in 1967 and are only the third family to own it. They purchased the home from Northwestern University for $74,000 and have renovated it since. However, the current owners have been careful when making any changes as to ensure the home’s architectural integrity. Many of the home’s original fixtures and finishes designed by Wright remain. The Booth Residence is available for the first time in nearly 50 years.
Milton J. Black, Architect
Streamline Moderne in Los Feliz
Victor M. Carter Residence, Milton J. Black, Architect, 1935. Milton J. Black’s most notable work in Los Angeles spanned several architectural styles, from a Spanish Colonial Revival residence for film star Dolores del Rio, the Deco Mauretania Apartments in Hancock Park, and the legendary hot dog stand, Tail ‘o the Pup. Here, one of his rare residential works survives on a quiet, cul-de-sac street in Los Feliz. The aerodynamic curves and more elegant elements of the Streamline Moderne style in the residence are intact, with original casement windows, exterior copper trim and street address, interior magnesite staircase with chrome handrail, and built-in powder room vanity. A porthole window in the front door invites you into the elegance of the first floor formal dining room, and step down living room with fireplace and curved ceiling detail. 4 bedrooms with a 2nd story patio off the master bedroom, 4 bathrooms, den with built-in bar, and terraced backyard with fruit trees.
Eliot Noyes & Bob Graf, Designers
The Noyes Graf House, 1966
In 1966 Eliot Noyes and Bob Graf designed the iconic Mobil service stations that would come to define a sleek new modernism in America. This is Bob Graf’s own home, mid-century modern perfection restored and improved to energy efficient 21st century standards. The granite walls are stunning, the rosewood details sublime. But what you’ll remember are the expansive views from this hilltop setting on 2 manicured acres overlooking a beautiful pool to 150 acres of woods and streams.
David Adjaye, Architect
Moved to the Poppy Peak Historic District in 1951 by Leland Evison to avoid demolition during the construction of the 134 Freeway, Harris’s two-story, hillside design is an expression of modern architecture that incorporates minimalist aesthetics with the modern ranch. Evison’s relocation of the de Steiguer Residence to Poppy Peak further expands on Harris’s interpretation of the California hacienda or ranch. The western-facing, modest profile and low-pitched roof blend seamlessly into the hillside setting resulting an unassuming exercise of unpretentious pre-war housing. The east-facing rear side of the house is expressed through the horizontal ribboning of large windows and doors on the main level. The first floor level utilizes volume of glass walls and doors over horizontality as a means of denuding the separation between inhabitants and the built environment. The result is an articulation and seamless dialogue between indoor and outdoor living. Outdoor patios, decks, walkways, and carefully selected landscaping enhance the natural experience of Harris’s sensitivity to augmenting the physical landscape. Mills Act approved in 2010 for significant tax savings. The home has been featured on Pasadena Heritage home tours as well as the recipient of the Pasadena Beautiful Foundation’s Golden Arrow landscape award.
David Adjaye, Architect
On the market for the first time since its construction, Silverlight by David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates is an incredible feat of engineering in contemporary architecture. Iconic, groundbreakding and inspiring. Encompassing five floors of contemporary canal-side living, the concept for this award-winning new-build home was to respond to its urban context; located on a strip of land between the Harrow Road and the Grand Union Canal.
Amyas Connell, Architect
Sir Arthor Lowes Dickinson Residence, 1931-1933
Located in the pretty village of Grayswood near Haslemere, is one of the most remarkable and admired in the history of British architecture, a fact which is reflected in its rare Grade II listing.
A substantial five / six bedroom house, surrounded by approximately 12 acres of land, it was originally built for the noted accountant Sir Arthur Lowes Dickinson in 1931-33. Designed by Amyas Connell, a pioneering New Zealander who settled in London and formed, alongside Basil Ward and Colin Lucas, one of the most important British architecture practices of the 20th Century, Connell, Ward & Lucas.
The house remains remarkably true to Connell’s original scheme, a design that priorities quality of light and space. It was refurbished by the leading specialists in Modern houses, Avanti Architects, in 1993 and has always been occupied by enthusiastic and considerate owners.
Accommodation on the ground floor includes a wonderful living room that fills with light thanks to a ribbon of windows that runs along two sides. There is also a dining room, which features the original sculptural fireplace, a breakfast room and second reception room / studio. The latter space is the only part of the house that was not part of Connell’s original scheme and there is a possibility, subject to the usual permissions, that this could be replaced and used to house a larger kitchen / dining room. The current kitchen is reached via a small set of steps that also lead on to a ground floor study.
A magnificent stairway, encased in glass, leads to the first floor (and roof garden beyond). Here there is master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and similar ribbon of windows as can be found in the living room. Four further bedrooms and two bathrooms occupy the rest of the floor.
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