The Best of Home of the Week
Southern California is a treasure trove of interesting houses for sale.
April 1, 2012
The Pinney House was built in the late 1800s as a hotel where visitors from the East could stay while making land purchases. The structure's three-story tower offered a view of the railway station, a mile away, so the proprietor would know when the train had arrived. Later a sanatorium, a boarding house, apartments and a filming location, the property is now a single-family house restored in keeping with the period ambience.
March 18, 2012
A Zen-inspired garden marks the entrance of a Mar Vista home designed in the International style and surrounded by stands of bamboo. At the heart of the U-shaped home, which looks out on a lap pool, is a two-story great room with a wet bar, fireplace and clerestory windows.
March 11, 2012
Set in the Hollywood Hills West community of Doheny Estates, this redesigned home captures Southern California's proverbial indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Walls and hand railings of glass, as well as outdoor living spaces, take advantage of expansive city views.
February 26, 2012
Set along 38 feet of sand, this beach house makes the most of its location with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and doors facing the water. There are even ocean views from the glass-enclosed shower and free-standing tub in the third-floor master bedroom suite.
February 19, 2012
Set on a ridge in the Hollywood Hills, the Michael Gantert Residence takes full advantage of its dramatic viewpoint. The cantilevered steel-and-glass house, built in the early '80s, was one of the last designed by Case Study architect Pierre Koenig.
February 12, 2012
Originally built from 1890 to 1893 by a Bible salesman from Illinois, the Victorian-style Newhall Mansion burned to the ground three decades ago when a fire broke out during a kitchen remodel. Meticulously reconstructed in keeping with its elaborate Queen Anne architecture, the manse is the centerpiece of an estate that includes nearly 10 acres of native flora, lawns, fountains and a manager's house.
February 5, 2012
A decorative cast stone entrance opens to this restored Spanish Colonial Revival-style house in Pasadena's South Orange Grove area. Built in 1920 for industrialist James Wigmore, the house retains such original details as coffered wood ceilings and arched doorways.
January 22, 2012
Hugging the sand south of Hermosa Beach Pier, this three-story contemporary evokes a glass-clad lifeguard tower angled toward the water. The main living areas, the master bedroom and the office with balcony take in the ocean views. The dining room opens to a patio along the bike path and the beach.
January 29, 2012
A.F. Leicht designed quirky Spanish Revival houses in Los Angeles as well as evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson's landmark Angelus Temple. His interiors often had irregular-shaped or curved walls, rooms or hallways. This Los Feliz villa, with rounded rooms, fancifully shaped living room French doors and elliptical master bathroom, captures his signature style.
January 15, 2012
Philanthropists Bud and Betsy Knapp, then the owners of Architectural Digest, set out in the 1990s to create a personal living space that allowed for large-scale entertaining and civic events, could display an extensive art collection and met their need for privacy. Five years in the making, the gated estate bordering the Bel-Air Country Club is pavilion-style, with the indoors and the outdoors connected through the extensive use of glass walls and doors.
January 8, 2012
Redone using materials from Paris and the Italian cities of Venice and Florence, this Tuscan-style house behind gates in the Beverly Hills Post Office area is surrounded by 150-year-old orange trees, avocado trees, gardens and outdoor entertaining space. Interior finishes include stone floors, stone and copper sinks and wrought-iron fixtures.
December 25, 2011
A Mediterranean Revival estate in Pomona's Ganesha Hills built in 1930 for Cora Armour, a prominent local resident, retains the trappings of an earlier elegance. Among custom details are high gable ceilings with original painted panels in the dining room, an apse that takes in the views of the valley and a motorized vehicle turntable in the oversized garage.
January 1, 2012
Mature Cypresses line the driveway of a classic Italian villa in a gated community in Long Beach. An arched entrance opens to soaring ceilings hand-painted by artisans. Wall murals inspired by different periods of art history, original plaster crown moldings and floor-to-ceiling doors with arched tops continue throughout the main living spaces.
December 18, 2011
This English Tudor Revival-style home was built in the 1920s for D.M. Linnard, who owned and managed the Huntington Hotel. Today, Valley View Cottage is one of 13 houses making up the Huntington Circle community adjacent to the Langham Huntington.
December 4, 2011
At 2,400 square feet, the guesthouse alone in this gated Pacific Palisades compound is nearly as large as the average U.S. home. It sits on more than a third of an acre with a 5,896-square-foot traditional-style main house, a swimming pool and a sports court in a neighborhood within walking distance of shops.
December 11, 2011
Expanded and restored last decade, the Sidney R. Troxell House designed by Modernist architect Richard Neutra retains its midcentury qualities. The post-and-beam structure has floor-to-ceiling windows and is sited to take in views of the ocean, city and mountains.
November 20, 2011
Set on a corner lot in Manhattan Beach's Hill Section, this modernist house makes the most of walls of windows that frame the ocean views. The U-shaped concrete, steel and glass structure centers on a walled interior courtyard that the living space surrounds.
November 13, 2011
Cooks Pointe estate, sometimes mistaken in the past for a lighthouse from its bluff-top perch in Dana Point, blends old and contemporary in a three-structure compound. The French Normandy upper house, an A-frame and a carriage-style guesthouse above a four-car garage have undergone a four-year renovation.
October 23, 2011
Centered on a century-old Moreton Bay fig tree, this neo-Craftsman looks at home among the historic estates of Pasadena. Wood beams, floors, built-ins and ceilings continue the contemporary take on Arts and Crafts architecture inside.
October 16, 2011
Designed by architect John Lautner, the restored Polin House opens to mature trees, gardens and terraces. Thanks to a steel truss support system, the interior walls are not load-bearing, so the space is flexible.
October 9, 2011
Sited on a ridge top with city-to-ocean views, this Craftsman-exterior home was designed for its previous owner, actor James Woods. Inside, architect Lise Claiborne Matthews created the element of surprise with light-filled, contemporary interiors and bands of inlaid mahogany on the walls that wrap around corners, climb, dip, narrow and broaden from room to room.
October 2, 2011
Rooms that protrude from the main structure seem to float in the air at this three-story house atop the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Entered through a rotunda with a 9-foot-wide skylight dome, the glass, steel and concrete contemporary has expansive views of the Los Angeles Basin and the coastline.
September 25, 2011
An early work of modernist Ed Niles, this redwood-and-glass house sits on a ridge top to take advantage of the views. The Malibu architect is known for creating homes that connect to the outdoors and maximize the use of natural light.
September 11, 2011
Accessed by a driveway bridge, this downtown-close contemporary was constructed on a lot previously considered unbuildable because of the steep grade. The newly built house is recessed into the site and designed with the garage on top to minimize obstruction of the neighbors' views. Existing walnut and oak trees create privacy.
September 4, 2011
Location: 114 Hollister Ranch, Gaviota 93117
September 18, 2011
A custom-built ship's den with floor-to-ceiling wood and a 550-gallon saltwater aquarium along one wall sit at the heart of this renovated Colonial in the Naples area of Long Beach. The gated property has views of Alamitos Bay and 400 feet of waterfront.
August 28, 2011
This massive gated compound was once part of the Lookout Mountain Air Force Station, which produced classified films and still photos of nuclear experiments after World War II. Today the Sunset Strip-area residential space includes art galleries, a theater and a sound stage.
August 21, 2011
Technically, this multilevel house in the Los Feliz hills falls into the design category of Greek Revival, but just barely.
August 14, 2011
To say Steve Weaver is a Greene & Greene fan is an understatement.
August 7, 2011
This ornate villa overlooking Malaga Cove in Palos Verdes Estates feels like it could be in Italy. But views of Santa Monica Bay and points north, and on clear days, the San Gabriel Mountains and downtown Los Angeles, belie that.
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