Open House Obsession: A Rare James Allen Walter, $2.25m

By Philip Ferrato Homes by Mid-Century architect James Allen Walter are not easy to find, but there’s a prime example of his work open this weekend (scroll down for details). Only thirty-two of Walter’s designs were built, and while he seems to have been somewhat difficult and intense (according to this) that intensity translated into a… Keep reading

Southern California home prices are flat in May as sales fall

By Andrew Khouri The Southern California median home price barely budged in May, a sign that the housing market remains soft despite a sustained drop in borrowing costs. The six-county median — the point where half the homes sold for more and half for less — rose just 0.2% from May 2018 to reach $530,000,… Keep reading

Open House Obsession: Mid-Century Gem In Encino, $1.8M

By Philip Ferrato Built in 1959, this elegantly low white stucco home is the work of Cliff Burlew, a Valley architect about whom little is known, and according to a vague obituary, he also worked in film set design. Commissioned by one J. Reed Gattman, the house presents two very different faces– walled, austere, and… Keep reading

Clad in Black, This Minimalist, Japanese-Inspired Home Asks $1.7M

By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo This monochromatic home in Southern California stands out for so many reasons. Clad in corrugated cement fiberboard with sleek black exteriors, the Monokuro House cuts a striking figure. Set in a suburban neighborhood in Torrence, California, surrounded traditional single-story residences, the home stands out due to its distinctive facade and its… Keep reading

The Price of Modernism

By Michael Aushenker After World War II, the Mid-Century architectural movement known as Modernism thrived in Southern California, where famous practitioners of the school designed houses that interplayed with surrounding nature and defied the cookie-cutter format of suburbia. Many of the most iconic Modernist houses still cling to the hills overlooking the San Fernando Valley…. Keep reading

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