By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo

This beautiful midcentury also happens to be the childhood home of Issa Rae.

Designed by residential architect Charles Wong in 1962, the post-and-beam Yuen Residence is an example of the burgeoning postwar influx of Japanese-inspired design in Southern California. The home’s elegant, minimalist interiors blend a distinctive Japanese aesthetic with classic modernist design elements such as post-and-beam construction; a wood-paneled, tongue-and-groove ceiling; clerestory windows; and walls of glass.

The sprawling 3,593-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bath home has bright and airy open-plan interiors with two sunken rock gardens, benches, and beams that break up the space while providing support. Built-in cabinetry with paper-lined doors, fusuma (rectangular panels which can redefine spaces within a room), sliding glass doors, and shoji screens all add to the home’s minimalist Japanese-inspired aesthetic.

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