The Stone Residence by Donald G. Park, AIA

The Stone Residence by Donald G. Park, AIA

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I know there are 3 months remaining in the year, but I’m going out on a limb and declaring that this is my favorite listing of the year. Friends might say this is due to the fact that I’ve coveted it for years as I walked past it on my way to hike in Griffith Park. Okay, there’s some truth to that. However, after a tour of the inside, my appreciation was heightened several fold. And to top it all off, I had the incredible fortune of meeting Donald Park recently and chatted with him about this home and his work through the years with Benton & Park, which elevated my appreciation to another level.  This is a special home. So, let me take you through this mid-century trophy that was originally built for Stanley Stone, (Stone Bros Furniture in Echo Park) and is now on the market for the first time in 30 years.

 From the street, you’ll stop in your tracks to admire the timeless lines of this immaculate home. As you walk up the steps leading to the front door, you’ll become more aware of all the beautiful features beginning with this oversized, custom-built

From the street, you’ll stop in your tracks to admire the timeless lines of this immaculate home. As you walk up the steps leading to the front door, you’ll become more aware of all the beautiful features beginning with this oversized, custom-built front door, which still wears its original hardware with grace.

 Upon entering the door, you’ll catch your breath in wonder from the home’s inspired design. A grand foyer, with a dazzling terrazzo floor, connects two ends of the home, while simultaneously luring you into the private back yard through walls of gla

Upon entering the door, you’ll catch your breath in wonder from the home’s inspired design. A grand foyer, with a dazzling terrazzo floor, connects two ends of the home, while simultaneously luring you into the private back yard through walls of glass.

 One end of the home is designed for dining and entertaining,…

One end of the home is designed for dining and entertaining,…

 …and the other is meant for lounging and sleeping. Light streams in through columnar windows and one’s eye leads directly to a beautiful, illuminated display case on the far wall.

…and the other is meant for lounging and sleeping. Light streams in through columnar windows and one’s eye leads directly to a beautiful, illuminated display case on the far wall.

 Let’s check out the entertaining side of the house first. This great room is nothing short of a 60’s time capsule and it features amazing materials and design elements on every wall, overhead and under foot.

Let’s check out the entertaining side of the house first. This great room is nothing short of a 60’s time capsule and it features amazing materials and design elements on every wall, overhead and under foot.

 An impressive travertine and stone fireplace with a raised hearth provides a focal point in the room. But everywhere you turn, there is something special. Overhead is a unique vaulted ceiling with recessed lighting around its perimeter that throws b

An impressive travertine and stone fireplace with a raised hearth provides a focal point in the room. But everywhere you turn, there is something special. Overhead is a unique vaulted ceiling with recessed lighting around its perimeter that throws beautiful shadows and light upward and across its enclosed rafters, which highlight the shape of the home’s modified hip roof. The entire wall behind the sofa contains built-in cabinets whose doors are made of solid walnut.

 In the far corner, a sunken wet-bar is perfectly positioned adjacent to a wall of glass that leads to a covered patio. The corner of the wall next to the glass doors is actually a storage area, perfectly concealed thanks to the excellent craftsmansh

In the far corner, a sunken wet-bar is perfectly positioned adjacent to a wall of glass that leads to a covered patio. The corner of the wall next to the glass doors is actually a storage area, perfectly concealed thanks to the excellent craftsmanship that went into the walnut paneled walls.

 I can imagine Frank, Sammy and Dino hanging out here, throwing back a few.

I can imagine Frank, Sammy and Dino hanging out here, throwing back a few.

 The walnut wall continues into the dining room, which also receives loads of light from the southern exposure of the windows.

The walnut wall continues into the dining room, which also receives loads of light from the southern exposure of the windows.

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 The kitchen is another virtual time capsule. Everything in it is original, except the dishwasher. It features more clever design elements, such as a shelf that swings out and up from a lower cabinet, two lazy Susans, pull-out cutting boards, and the

The kitchen is another virtual time capsule. Everything in it is original, except the dishwasher. It features more clever design elements, such as a shelf that swings out and up from a lower cabinet, two lazy Susans, pull-out cutting boards, and the ever-cool slanted bread boxes suspended above the counters.

 The dual Thermador ovens are totally rad - and sparkling clean, just like everything else. But perhaps my favorite feature is a trash chute beneath the sink, which leads down into a small room/closet in the garage.

The dual Thermador ovens are totally rad – and sparkling clean, just like everything else. But perhaps my favorite feature is a trash chute beneath the sink, which leads down into a small room/closet in the garage.

 At the other end of the home, we step down into the living room, which features dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, including corners of mitered glass. Overhead we see a vaulted ceiling, much like the one in the great room. The picturesque Vermont Pa

At the other end of the home, we step down into the living room, which features dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, including corners of mitered glass. Overhead we see a vaulted ceiling, much like the one in the great room. The picturesque Vermont Parkway winds its way past the home just outside the windows

 This room also faces south which fills the room with natural light, yet it doesn’t overheat. This is because the light is indirect thanks to the deep eaves that run along the perimeter of the house, which also give it the sleekness that you first no

This room also faces south which fills the room with natural light, yet it doesn’t overheat. This is because the light is indirect thanks to the deep eaves that run along the perimeter of the house, which also give it the sleekness that you first notice from the street.

 I’ve long admired the value of extended eaves in homes of this vintage, such as ones by Pierre Koening, Conrad Buff and Donald Hensman – all of whom were peers of Donald Park in the architecture program at USC.

I’ve long admired the value of extended eaves in homes of this vintage, such as ones by Pierre Koening, Conrad Buff and Donald Hensman – all of whom were peers of Donald Park in the architecture program at USC.

 The master suite is enormous and the sliding doors seen here open to a path at the rear of the house, which leads to the back yard. And once more, the vaulted ceiling overhead amplifies the space of the room.

The master suite is enormous and the sliding doors seen here open to a path at the rear of the house, which leads to the back yard. And once more, the vaulted ceiling overhead amplifies the space of the room.

 There is another design element that may not be readily noticed, but its effect on the feel of the space as you walk through the house is the pronounced, and that’s the doorways, which all run from the floor to the ceiling as seen above.

There is another design element that may not be readily noticed, but its effect on the feel of the space as you walk through the house is the pronounced, and that’s the doorways, which all run from the floor to the ceiling as seen above.

 A large vanity area with built-in lighting is located smartly between the bedroom, a giant walk-in closet, and the en suite bathroom.

A large vanity area with built-in lighting is located smartly between the bedroom, a giant walk-in closet, and the en suite bathroom.

 The tub, which appears small thanks to the massive marble box that surrounds it, is actually quite long. With a giant picture window beside it and a mini-chandelier overhead, this is clearly intended for prolonged luxuriating. The room also features

The tub, which appears small thanks to the massive marble box that surrounds it, is actually quite long. With a giant picture window beside it and a mini-chandelier overhead, this is clearly intended for prolonged luxuriating. The room also features a separate shower and private toilet stall.

 It seems that every room features a clever design element and the master bath is no exception. In this room a floor-level cabinet swings downward to reveal a large built-in hamper, which includes holes in its bottom for breathing.

It seems that every room features a clever design element and the master bath is no exception. In this room a floor-level cabinet swings downward to reveal a large built-in hamper, which includes holes in its bottom for breathing.

 This walk-in closet has a wall of built-ins, including a cabinet just for shoes.

This walk-in closet has a wall of built-ins, including a cabinet just for shoes.

 The second bedroom is also quite spacious and, like the living room, it features a corner of mitered glass, as well as a clerestory window that occupies the full length of one wall.

The second bedroom is also quite spacious and, like the living room, it features a corner of mitered glass, as well as a clerestory window that occupies the full length of one wall.

 I love the light that's brought in by these windows.

I love the light that’s brought in by these windows.

 The third bedroom, which is on the opposite end of the house, works great as a guest room or an office.

The third bedroom, which is on the opposite end of the house, works great as a guest room or an office.

 The great room opens to a large covered patio that has recessed lighting overhead, perfect for entertaining into the wee hours.

The great room opens to a large covered patio that has recessed lighting overhead, perfect for entertaining into the wee hours.

 One of the challenges that Mr. Park said this project presented was finding the optimal use of the 8,920 square foot parcel. For my money, he did a perfect job. With its setback and elevation, the home is stunning from the street. And the back yard

One of the challenges that Mr. Park said this project presented was finding the optimal use of the 8,920 square foot parcel. For my money, he did a perfect job. With its setback and elevation, the home is stunning from the street. And the back yard is private, flat and has ample room for a modest pool.

 The walkways out back (and the driveway in front) feature pebbled concrete borders, which add a very nice touch.

The walkways out back (and the driveway in front) feature pebbled concrete borders, which add a very nice touch.

 Rounding out the house is an oversized garage, with plenty of built-in storage and a long workbench. It’s positioned beneath the house and it leads up to a laundry area, which is just off the dining room. And finally, the location of this home is onRounding out the house is an oversized garage, with plenty of built-in storage and a long workbench. It’s positioned beneath the house and it leads up to a laundry area, which is just off the dining room. And finally, the location of this home is one of its best features. Situated north of the boulevard, The Greek Theater, Griffith Park and the vibrant hum of Los Feliz Village with its many shops, cafes and restaurants are all just a short walk away.

2503 Aberdeen Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Architect: Donald G. Park
Year Built: 1964
Listing Price: 
$2,324,900
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Square Feet: 2,857
Lot Size: 8,920sf
Price Per SF: $813
Air: Central
Floor: Terrazzo, Carpet, Linoleum
Parking: Garage, Driveway
Views: Other
Fireplace: Family Room
MLS #: 15-934151

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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