The Magic of Conceptualization

The Magic of Conceptualization

 

Front of home with garage doors and Trumpet vine.

Step inside a home where ideas drenched in non-conformity are woven into the very fabric of its design. If one could take some elements of MidCentury, Craftsman, Southwest Adobe and Contemporary design, throw them all in a Vitamix blender and let it run for a minute, you might end up with something like this home in Silver Lake. And I just love it. And judging by the reactions of all the people that went to see it on the same day I did, the appreciation was widely held.

Front of home reflects multiple architectural styles.

Just walking up the entry, all four of these design elements can be seen. Clapboard siding is a very traditional material used in Craftsman style homes. The floor to ceiling wall of glass with mitered corners, has a distinct MidCentury influence. The other structural volume of the house is smooth stucco with wood ceiling joists protruding from it, evoking a Southwestern Adobe home – except that the color is a pure white, which has a very modern feel. And despite all these competing styles, there is nothing that feels out of place for even a moment.

Wood joists project out from a wall.

Lining the front of the home is a mature vine (Trumpet vine family, perhaps?) that’s thriving and blossoming like mad, which definitely lends an added boost to the home’s staging for sale! On the wall above the vine is a trapezium shaped window, which is the first thing one notices about the house from the curb and it sends a distinct signal that this is not an everyday, humdrum sort of home.

Stairway leading to home's entrance.

The geometry involved in every facet of this scene is simultaneously balanced and playful – and altogether engaging. Even the light and shadows play a role in this dance. And I love the little four-pane window at the landing of the entry. By now you may be wondering ‘so when was this built? who was the architect?’ The answer to that is very fitting, indeed.

Living room with Batchelder fireplace and wood beamed ceiling.

Originally built as a bungalow in 1924, the home was bought by a Walt Disney Imagineer, Brock Larsen, who basically tore the house down entirely – except for the original Batchelder tile fireplace in the living room (pictured above).  Once again, we see a combination of architectural styles intermixed within a single room and they complement one another effortlessly – including modern polished concreted floors and exposed ceiling joists.

Living room with a wall of glass and wood beamed ceiling.

Here is the wall of glass with the mitered corners that we saw from outside, overlooking the stairs leading to the entry. Again, very modern, and yet softened by the three 4×4 pieces of lumber in a natural finish separating and supporting the panes of glass. At left, there are steps down to another room which is presently configured as an office.

Office with trapezium shaped window.

Here in the office, we see the trapezium shaped window that faces the street.

Office opening to a patio.

On the south facing side of the room huge doors open to a patio.

Office opening to a patio

Huge French doors open to a patio, expanding the usability of this space, which can also be a den, or even a fantastic bedroom – either for guests or as a permanent room. The giant frosted glass slider offers a dual function: Pictured, it serves as a door for the closet. When slid all the way to the left, it provides separation from the living room.

Patio surrounded by Trumpet vine.

On the patio, the flowering vine continues it’s growth along a custom wrought iron rail and we see into the living room.

 The line of sight from the living room goes through the dining room, into the kitchen, and through a window to the yard at the back end of the house.  

The line of sight from the living room goes through the dining room, into the kitchen, and through a window to the yard at the back end of the house.

 With 3 windows, the formal dining room gets plenty of natural light.

With 3 windows, the formal dining room gets plenty of natural light.

 The kitchen features concrete counters and double-height ceilings, which helps the otherwise modest sized space feel quite comfortable.

The kitchen features concrete counters and double-height ceilings, which helps the otherwise modest sized space feel quite comfortable.

 This is a fabulous Primary bedroom suite. Look at all those windows! I love the natural wood on all the doors and windows, matching the ceiling beams.

This is a fabulous Primary bedroom suite. Look at all those windows! I love the natural wood on all the doors and windows, matching the ceiling beams.

 Soaking tub by Blu Bathworks.

Soaking tub by Blu Bathworks.

 We all kind of laugh at the crazy, bright colored, deep shag carpets from the 1970’s – right? Well, this use of it is perfect. Between the fuzzy floors and the light from the skylights, doesn’t it just make you want to spend time doing all sorts of

We all kind of laugh at the crazy, bright colored, deep shag carpets from the 1970’s – right? Well, this use of it is perfect. Between the fuzzy floors and the light from the skylights, doesn’t it just make you want to spend time doing all sorts of fun stuff in this room on the upper level?

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 Half of the two-car garage, which has French style doors for both bays, is currently set up as a soundproofed music/recording studio.

Half of the two-car garage, which has French style doors for both bays, is currently set up as a soundproofed music/recording studio.

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 Being sited on a hillside, the yard is comprised of three terraced areas interconnected by a pathway that winds its way upward through foliage creating a dreamy landscape of dappled light and shadows.

Being sited on a hillside, the yard is comprised of three terraced areas interconnected by a pathway that winds its way upward through foliage creating a dreamy landscape of dappled light and shadows.

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At the top of the, there is a 2-level deck of wood and concrete with built in seating and views of homes dotting the hillside.

1721 Redcliff St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

List Price: $1,675,000
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Sq Feet: 1,253
Lot Size: 5,588
Year Built: 1924
Air: Central
Floor: Wood, Tile, Stone
Parking: Garage, 2 Car
Views: Hillside
Fireplace: Living Room
MLS #: 24-356271

Listing Courtesy of Barry Gray of Compass.

Note: Information above reflects market status as of the date this post was originally published. Feel free to call for current market status.

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