by Kathryn M.

Near the Del Rey and Mar Vista neighborhoods in Los Angeles, this 1937 Craftsman-style bungalow has been revamped with a decidedly modern facade and a concrete addition at the rear. Inside, the communal spaces have been joined to create a massive great room.

The great room provides a single open space for living and entertaining, while the modern addition holds the home’s three bedrooms and two bedrooms, linked by a single hallway. Outside, a yard wraps around the home, complete with raised vegetable beds and a garden shed in the rear corner. A deck also provides an area for outdoor seating in addition to the front porch.

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By Bianca Barragan

Hometown architectural hero Gregory Ain apprenticed with Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra, and went on to have a huge impact on Modernist housing for the masses through projects like his Mar Vista tract, in which this 1,450 square foot dwelling can be found. The coolest feature of this residence is definitely the original “sliding and folding doors” that somehow allow for the number of bedrooms inside to go up to three or down to one.

In addition to a flexible room count, the house sports polished concrete flooring, clerestory windows, and a redesigned kitchen with Marmol Radziner walnut cabinets. A detached garage has been converted into living space and could be used as an office. Because of its historical significance, this place also qualifies for Mills Act tax breaks. Ain, who designed with the working class in mind, might be shocked to learn that this 1948 tract house is asking $1.295 million.

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