Home of the Week: Modern Torrance home finds balance between light and dark

By Neal J. Leitereg

This minimalist-modern home in Torrance strikes a balance between monochromatic hues with a completely white interior tucked within a shell of dark corrugated cement fiberboard.

Known as the Monokuro House, the subdued two-story was designed to evoke the light and dark contrast found in traditional Japanese architecture. Setback windows, operable skylights and thermal mass — the home’s ability to reduce indoor temperature swings by storing heat energy — feature prominently in the passive solar design.

The details

Location: 1411 Elm Ave., Torrance, 90503

Asking price: $1.699 million

Year built: 2015

Architect: W3 Architects

Living area: 2,550 square feet, three bedrooms, three bathrooms

Lot size: 7,501 square feet

Features: Corrugated cement-fiber siding; engineered White oak and polished concrete floors; open-concept kitchen and dining area; bonus room/office; pocketing walls of glass; wood decking; drought-tolerant landscaping; fire pit; passive solar system; cross ventilation; operable skylights

About the area: In the 90503 ZIP Code, based on 14 sales, the median price for single-family homes in March was $929,000, a 2.7% increase compared with the same month last year, according to CoreLogic.

Agents: Coleman Eisner and Benjamin Kahle; Deasy Penner Podley; (310) 275-1000

To read the full article visit their website here.

You Might Also Like...
Recent Posts

Deasy Penner Podley Contributes to Leading Real Estate Companies of the World 2021 REimagine Annual Conference

Following a year of pandemic lockdown, Los Angeles has emerged as one of the hottest and most complex national housing markets. Deasy Penner Podley continues to hold a leadership position in our community. DPP sees the real-time needs of our buyers and sellers and provides pinpoint solutions. Our partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of… Keep reading

Spanish-inspired Art Deco Estate

This once in a lifetime Flintridge estate has every amenity you can imagine. The magnificent home is a unique blend of Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco architecture. The design, appears to be a collaborative design by L.G. Scherer, the principal of the building firm, and Pasadena architect, Cyril Bennett, built by L.G. Scherer, and… Keep reading

June 2021 Newsletter