The Polkinghorn Residence in Harvard Heights

The Polkinghorn Residence in Harvard Heights

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Here is another very special property that I’m thrilled about bringing onto the market. Built in 1911 by architect William Polkinghorn as the residence for his family, there is no question that this Craftsman possesses a timeless grandeur. But even more important, it feels like a true home. The Polkinghorn’s lived here until 1948 and the current owners have lived there for almost 28 years. In that time they have lovingly and painstakingly restored many of the home’s original details, turning it into a gem indoors and out.

 Entering the front gate, which is graced by a lighted pergola, you’ll stop to appreciate the zen-like landscaping of the yard, including a pair of mature birch trees that frame the steps leading to the large covered porch. The Asian influence in the

Entering the front gate, which is graced by a lighted pergola, you’ll stop to appreciate the zen-like landscaping of the yard, including a pair of mature birch trees that frame the steps leading to the large covered porch. The Asian influence in the yard’s design, including the pergola, is intended to match the Oriental design profile of the home’s roofline.

 The house itself is postcard-perfect “airplane bungalow” Craftsman featuring a triple-gabled roof, shingle siding and an elegant carport. And the large covered porch is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the front yard.

The house itself is postcard-perfect “airplane bungalow” Craftsman featuring a triple-gabled roof, shingle siding and an elegant carport. And the large covered porch is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the front yard.

 Check this out… two front doors. The oversized door adjacent to the picture window leads into the living room and the other one leads into the library/study, which is believed to have served as Mr. Polkinghorn’s office.

Check this out… two front doors. The oversized door adjacent to the picture window leads into the living room and the other one leads into the library/study, which is believed to have served as Mr. Polkinghorn’s office.

 Stepping into the living room one is immediately struck by magnificent original details to be found in every direction. A brick fireplace, stained glass windows, rich mahogany paneled walls, plate rail, picture rail, coffered ceiling, massive crown

Stepping into the living room one is immediately struck by magnificent original details to be found in every direction. A brick fireplace, stained glass windows, rich mahogany paneled walls, plate rail, picture rail, coffered ceiling, massive crown molding, pocket doors,… the features go on and on. I particularly appreciate the design of the front door.

 Even the divider between the living room and dining room is grand, with its two towering wood pedestals.

Even the divider between the living room and dining room is grand, with its two towering wood pedestals.

 Like the living room, the library features stunning millwork all around, including original quarter-sawn oak wainscot, built-in bookcase, plate and picture rails. Note the unusual ceiling moldings in this room as well as in the living room and dinin

Like the living room, the library features stunning millwork all around, including original quarter-sawn oak wainscot, built-in bookcase, plate and picture rails. Note the unusual ceiling moldings in this room as well as in the living room and dining room. These are cast plaster and, according to the owners, were very difficult to restore.

 The room features a large pocket door, which allowed it to be separated from the rest of the house, perfect for one’s business office.

The room features a large pocket door, which allowed it to be separated from the rest of the house, perfect for one’s business office.

 Moving into the dining room, one’s focus goes right to the gorgeous hutch at the far end of the room. Note the symmetry of the doors on either side. Speaking of doors, original doors with glass knobs are found throughout the house.

Moving into the dining room, one’s focus goes right to the gorgeous hutch at the far end of the room. Note the symmetry of the doors on either side. Speaking of doors, original doors with glass knobs are found throughout the house.

 Also, note that the ceiling molding grid pattern is different in each of the three rooms—from simple to more intricate as you enter the house.

Also, note that the ceiling molding grid pattern is different in each of the three rooms—from simple to more intricate as you enter the house.

 Here in the breakfast area, the china cabinet is a mini-version of the one in the dining room. When the current owners moved in, the upper portion had been removed to serve as a closet. The center portion was subsequently found, with leaded glass in

Here in the breakfast area, the china cabinet is a mini-version of the one in the dining room. When the current owners moved in, the upper portion had been removed to serve as a closet. The center portion was subsequently found, with leaded glass intact, and the door frames were also found in the basement. From these pieces, the cabinet was reconstructed. Thanks to this effort, today it lends a truckload of charm to the room.

 The kitchen was completely gutted and remodeled in 1998. The back porch was also incorporated into the kitchen at that time. Today, it’s bright, spacious and a favorite gathering spot when entertaining.

The kitchen was completely gutted and remodeled in 1998. The back porch was also incorporated into the kitchen at that time. Today, it’s bright, spacious and a favorite gathering spot when entertaining.

 To the left of the stove is a pantry, which was formerly an icebox. The opening for the block of ice is still in place. Inside the icebox, water from the melting ice was directed through a hole into the basement where it would eventually evaporate.

To the left of the stove is a pantry, which was formerly an icebox. The opening for the block of ice is still in place. Inside the icebox, water from the melting ice was directed through a hole into the basement where it would eventually evaporate.

 The rear of the kitchen was opened up into this laundry area, which also features sliding doors that lead to the deck and back yard.

The rear of the kitchen was opened up into this laundry area, which also features sliding doors that lead to the deck and back yard.

 Outside, a veritable oasis awaits. Running the length of the house is a 300+ square feet, two-level deck, which features a huge tree that protrudes through it.

Outside, a veritable oasis awaits. Running the length of the house is a 300+ square feet, two-level deck, which features a huge tree that protrudes through it.

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 Beyond the deck is large, flat lawn dominated by a 5-tier fountain and around the entire perimeter of the yard is a raised bed bordered with broken concrete and filled with a variety of lush trees, shrubs and flowers.

Beyond the deck is large, flat lawn dominated by a 5-tier fountain and around the entire perimeter of the yard is a raised bed bordered with broken concrete and filled with a variety of lush trees, shrubs and flowers.

 Here’s a cool feature… at the landing at the top of the stairs, this table pulls out or can be pushed flush with the wall when the work surface is not needed. The theory is that the maid brought the laundry up to the table, folded it and put the ite

Here’s a cool feature… at the landing at the top of the stairs, this table pulls out or can be pushed flush with the wall when the work surface is not needed. The theory is that the maid brought the laundry up to the table, folded it and put the items directly into the adjacent drawers.

 The home features 5 bedrooms, 3 up and 2 down. This one is on the second floor.

The home features 5 bedrooms, 3 up and 2 down. This one is on the second floor.

 This is one of the bedrooms on the first floor.

This is one of the bedrooms on the first floor.

 Technically a bedroom on the first floor, it’s currently used as an office. A very spacious one, at that.

Technically a bedroom on the first floor, it’s currently used as an office. A very spacious one, at that.

 The upstairs bathroom was gutted and remodeled in 1993.

The upstairs bathroom was gutted and remodeled in 1993.

 his is another of the upstairs bedrooms, which is currently used as a TV room. The closet for this bedroom was opened up and transformed into a hallway allowing for a better flow between the rooms upstairs.

his is another of the upstairs bedrooms, which is currently used as a TV room. The closet for this bedroom was opened up and transformed into a hallway allowing for a better flow between the rooms upstairs.

 This is the 3rd upstairs bedroom and, although it’s the smallest, it may be my favorite because of all the windows.

This is the 3rd upstairs bedroom and, although it’s the smallest, it may be my favorite because of all the windows.

 A driveway runs all the way along the side of the house and works great as a nursery/gardening station.

A driveway runs all the way along the side of the house and works great as a nursery/gardening station.

 If you’re not familiar with Harvard Heights, check out my post from May 7th last year cluing people in to this charming neighborhood, which has managed to fly under the radar of most Angelenos – but that’s quickly changing. Even better yet, just com

If you’re not familiar with Harvard Heights, check out my post from May 7th last year cluing people in to this charming neighborhood, which has managed to fly under the radar of most Angelenos – but that’s quickly changing. Even better yet, just come out and see this house and the neighborhood for yourself.

1644 S Westmoreland Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Architect: William Polkinghorn
Year Built: 1911
Listing Price: 
$850,000
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 2
Square Feet: 2,574
Lot Size: 8,100 sf
Price Per SF: $330.23
Air: Central (upstairs)
Floor: Hardwood, Linoleum, Tile
Parking: Carport
Fireplace: Living Room, Gas Starter
MLS #: 15-945223

Listing Courtesy Of: David Kubiczky, PLG Estates.

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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