This 1906 Santa Monica home was damaged in the Northridge Earthquake in 1994. Some buyers would have put it to rest like the house next door, which was razed and replaced, but the current owners had other ideas. When they bought it in 1996, they “fell in love with the little gem that was here.” They spent two years restoring and expanding the house before moving in.
About this house: It wasn’t just the vintage of the house that appealed to its current owners. It was also the style. The house was designed by Robert Farquhar, an 1893 Harvard graduate who studied architecture at MIT and in Paris at the Atelier Pascal, which was affiliated with the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Farquhar moved to Santa Monica in 1905 and designed this house for himself. It was one of the early poured-in-place concrete houses in the L.A. area. Farquhar went on to design Beverly Hills High School and the California Club in downtown L.A. He shared in designing the Pentagon.
Asking price: $6.95 million
Size: The house has four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in about 6,500 square feet. It sits on a tree-studded half-acre lot.
Features: The house has ocean, canyon and mountain views. Restored under the direction of Brian Murphy, the peristyle hacienda has a new kitchen, a glass atrium dining and family room, a glass atrium master bathroom and an 80-foot-long gallery library connecting the original three-bedroom, three-bathroom structure to a new two-story addition housing a one-bedroom apartment with a living room and a kitchen and two second-floor studio spaces. Original materials and details that remain include old-growth maple floors, crown moldings, Catalina tile and stone fireplaces. The gated estate has a 40-foot-long pool and an 8-foot-high wall around the property. There is also a three-car garage.
Where: Santa Monica
Listing agent: Mike Deasy, Mossler, Deasy & Doe, Beverly Hills, (310) 275-2222.
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