How This 1930s Art Deco Compound Broke View Park’s Highest Sale Record

When the owner of 3644 Fairway Boulevard first started meeting with agents about selling his 1930s Art Deco Compound, they were told it was simply too old looking to sell for anything over $1.6 million.

Though, after working with DPP partner Ben Kahle, it sold after just 8 days on the market for $1,775,000. A full $25k over asking. breaking the highest sales record for the neighborhood. Meanwhile, other homes in the area in that price range have sat dormant.

So how’d Ben do it?

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Neutra-Designed Midcentury Modern Home on the Market

By Adrienne Gaffney

In 1957, renowned architect Richard Neutra built a hillside home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., for John Rados, a fellow Austrian immigrant, and his wife. ‘They wanted a very clean, simple house. Simple in that it was very smooth lines and stuff like that,’ says their grandson, Bob Rados, Jr. His grandfather was a shipbuilder and owner and president of Harbor Boat Building Co., which built military vessels during World War II.

The home is being sold outside the Rados family for the first time. Mr. Rados’s parents moved into it in 1978 after the death of his grandparents and lived there until his mother died in October.

In around 1984, Mr. Rados’s parents did a small addition that added 300 square feet to the home, as well as an indoor Jacuzzi, bringing the house to 5,185 square feet. ‘They added to the back and it was very easy. They kept with the same lines and everything’s exactly the same,’ says Mr. Rados.

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Welcoming Spanish bungalow asks $669K in Pasadena

By Elijah Chiland 

Up in northern Pasadena, close to the Altadena border, you’ll find this homey Spanish bungalow, built in 1925.

The house sits on a tree-lined residential street in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains, with a grassy lawn and a covered front porch alongside the entrance. Inside are original wood floors, French doors, casement windows, and a fireplace in the living room.

With 1,006 square feet of total floor space, the house has two bedrooms and one bathroom, along with a formal dining room. The open kitchen has a breakfast nook and an adjacent laundry area.

The house sits on a 4,984-square-foot lot with an enclosed backyard outfitted with a trellis-shaded patio and a fire pit. The listing suggests that the detached two-car garage could be used as an office or guest house.

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1930s Spanish-style with Art Deco flair asking $1.75M in View Park

By Pauline O’Connor

You’ll find this head-turner within the historic enclave of View Park. Built in 1930, the Spanish-style residence was originally a two-bedroom, two-bath measuring approximately 2,700 square feet; however, per its listing, the home has been reworked and expanded by its current owner and now contains four bedrooms and three baths within 3,551 square feet.

Among the home’s many appealing vintage features are hardwood floors with inlaid marquetry, stepped-tray ceilings, a magnesite staircase, intricate crown moldings, arched doorways, and built-in nooks and shelving.

Updates and additions were done in keeping with the period, incorporating Art Deco-style fixtures, plaster medallions and moldings, Catalina tiles, and arched cedar windows and doors.

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Preservation Personals: A Modernist Castle Above Los Angeles

By Emma Sarappo

If you’re searching for an older home with plenty of history, I might not initially stand out. After all, I was built in 1957, which is quite young in a dense field of 18th- and 19th-century architecture. But when you step back and take a real look at me, my clean lines and welcoming corners will blow you away. I’m an example of the best of Southern California’s Midcentury Modern architecture, and I happen to be one of the largest homes my architect, Richard Neutra, built in North America. Now I’m looking for someone new to fill my over 5,000 square feet of space.

If you know about Modernism, you understand that its global impact on art and architecture is immense, even though it’s a more recent movement than other famous and influential styles.

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