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The Lechner House by RM Schindler: Perfection Revisited

The Lechner House by RM Schindler: Perfection Revisited

From the photos, you may think: “wow, what a great midcentury time-capsule!” But you’d be mistaken. This is a decade of restoration by a dedicated owner, who is also an accomplished designer.

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A De-Lovely Spanish Hacienda by Milton J. Black

A De-Lovely Spanish Hacienda by Milton J. Black

Tucked away at the end of a winding road in the hills of Woodland Hills is this surprising and utterly fantastic find. This 1930 Spanish Hacienda by architect Milton J. Black has so much going for it, it’s kinda ridiculous.

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Thies Residence by Carl Maston in Studio City

Thies Residence by Carl Maston in Studio City

Several years ago while shopping for an area rug I inquired with a salesman about one in particular that caught my eye. “Ah, this piece…”, began his reply, making it clear that this was not just a rug. Rather, this was “a piece” – a work of art. You kind of feel the same way while walking through the Thies Residence by architect Carl Maston, which recently came on the market in Studio City. The home feels like a work of art.

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Mid-Century Retreat in Studio City

Mid-Century Retreat in Studio City

From the huge palms that flank the front door, to the way the home wraps around its swimming pool as if guarding an oasis in the desert, this post and beam home in the hills of Studio City definitely has a retreat-like atmosphere to it. And its size, which is a generous 3,013 square feet, is relatively hidden from the street thanks to its unique shape.

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Cornelius Deasy Residence in Studio City

Cornelius Deasy Residence in Studio City

It’s great to come across a property that has a lot of really good things going for it (great “bones”, as they say) and yet could use a little updating, allowing a new owner to turn it into a gem with their own thumbprint on the work. This 3 BR / 2 BA mid-century designed in 1950 by AIA architect Cornelius Deasy as a Neutra study and used as his own family residence is a fine example of such a property. In fact, I would call it a diamond in the rough.

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Perfect the Art of Chilling Out Here

Perfect the Art of Chilling Out Here

Although the whole package with this place is pretty noteworthy, I have to admit that, for me, it’s kinda all about the pool. And it’s undeniable that the house really does contribute a lot to the pool’s appeal, but even still. Check out the pics and see for yourself. You’ll keep coming back to the ones of the pool. Let’s face it, it’s pretty easy to imagine yourself relaxing with a script, or a drink, or both while reclining poolside gazing out over the expanse of the valley.

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Altschuler/Greenberg Residence: Sleek and Stylish

Altschuler/Greenberg Residence: Sleek and Stylish

A not-so-new listing, but still worthy of mention for anyone that may have missed it early on, is the Altschuler/Greenberg House by Bernard Zimmerman, FAIA, in Sherman Oaks. This one has been on the market for 154 days now, but it has dropped $500K in that time. The listing says the sellers are motivated, so if you’re looking for a great architectural home in the valley, this may be the ticket for you.

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