The dog days of Summer may be behind us, but our listings are hotter than ever! Whether it be a sparkling swimming pool, a rooftop deck or even a fire pit, there’s a little something for every aspiring outdoor entertainer. Take a video tour of a Streamline Moderne stunner with plenty of outdoor patio space in the Hollywood Hills. Then head over to Altadena for a Mid-Century abode with a sprawling backyard and kidney-shaped pool. Don’t forget the Santa Monica Canyon hacienda offering an oversized pool, outdoor bar and fireplace. All that and more – just in time for Labor Day!

Santa Monica Canyon | Hacienda Mojica

560-566 E Channel Road | $28,000,000

An old serpentine wall triggers curiosity as it wends its way along the road. It seems to enclose an ancient grove and as we enter we find indeed a mature garden revealing romantically the history of the Marquez Rancho hacienda that once occupied these grounds. The stone-paved loggia leads us to the main house designed in the 1920s by John Byers, famous for his reconstructions of Colonial Mexican architecture with undulating adobe and plaster walls. Inside the two-story foyer beckons us immediately into the vaulted beamed living room with its massive hearth and quick acoustics. The arcaded veranda off the living room embraces the huge courtyard paved in encaustic tile as it approaches the oversized pool. A giant sycamore provides a canopy while giant birds of paradise and bougainvillea give off a quiet aroma of maybe a forgotten era. Nearby a grotto, pond, and stream gurgle. Additional structures include a chapel, theater, three casitas, two studios, an outdoor bar & fireplace, and a sports court.

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1485 Lomita Drive Pool 2 Full

Photography by Cameron Carothers

Spring is in the air and warmer weather is surely on its way to sunny SoCal. We have plenty of hot listings with remarkably cool outdoor entertainment areas – and all available to tour virtually, of course! Picture yourself sipping lemonade poolside at a Pasadena Colonial Revival estate. Then take in the lush landscaping at a Spanish Colonial hacienda in La Cañada Flintridge. Happy house hunting!

Pasadena | Distinguished Colonial Revival

1485 Lomita Drive | $5,995,000

As the maiden property on peaceful Lomita Drive, this family estate prominently rises above the street, encompassing over ¾ acre of nearly flat landscaped grounds and 6,300 sqft+ of living space – featuring the main residence, guest house, expansive lawns, pool/spa, terraces, and outdoor sojourns, as well as a 3-car executive garage. Grand public areas commence with a majestic foyer, flanked by formal living and dining rooms, each with french doors that flow out to brick pavers and lawns. Chef’s kitchen with adjoining great lounging room – all leading to the outdoors – provide abundant space for more casual entertaining. The sweeping staircase with double landing leads to the master wing – with spacious bedroom suite, his/her walk-in closets and opulent bathroom. In addition to an intimate office with balcony, three guest bedrooms, two baths, and service staircase completes the second level. The grounds boast large specimen trees of oak and pine, along with plentiful citrus. Outdoor entertaining areas include numerous patios, a large swimmers pool with spa and chaise decking anchored by a regal outdoor fireplace and entertaining pavilion. Landscape design by Mark Berry and masonry by Bob Cook.

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Whether it be a room with home office potential, a converted garage flex space, an inviting outdoor oasis or simply a cozy nook tucked away somewhere, buyers are looking for homes with that little bit of extra oomph to ensure functionality and comfort during these trying times. Virtually tour a home with all that and more in the historic Carthay Square neighborhood of Los Angeles. Then explore the possibilities at an architectural view home and a unique compound both located in trendy Los Feliz. Plus, there’s more to discover in the SGV with a sharply remodeled home and a modern condo.

Carthay Square | 1925 Jewel-Box Character Home

1048 Stearns Drive | $2,395,000

This stunning 1925 jewel-box character home combines intact original detailing with chic modern-day designer updates. Nestled on one of the most beautiful tree-lined streets in the coveted historic neighborhood of Carthay Square. The formal living room with vaulted beamed ceiling, period leaded windows, original wood-burning hearth and a wet bar opens to the den/media room or work-from-home nook. The chef’s kitchen features Bosch and Wolf appliances, granite counters, pantry and laundry area. A breakfast bar opens to the light-filled dining room. Two guest bedrooms, both with desk areas, and two stunning marble baths complete the first floor. The upper level creates an owner’s retreat with ensuite spa-style bath designed with herringbone tile, marble rain shower and steam room, soaking tub, dual vanity and large walk-in closet. A secret door leads to an additional bonus space ideal for a nursery, private home office or added storage space. The backyard is a true oasis, featuring a heated pool surrounded by palms, fruit trees, lush landscaping and sun-filled lounge areas. An outdoor shower with tank-less water heater, alfresco dining patio with Ipe decking and overhead heaters are perfect for cooler nights. An outdoor kitchen and living room area makes it an amazing space for entertaining. The converted garage is a flexible recreational space for an additional office, gym, playroom, guest room or media zone.

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You won’t want to miss this week’s virtual tour of a stunning architectural home in desirable Los Feliz. Take in the expansive views of the city and the lush tranquil gardens below. And don’t forget there’s even more to explore in the SGV with a Mid-Century traditional home, a contemporary Craftsman-style and a historic Old Pasadena studio.

Los Feliz | Architectural View Home

5630 Hill Oak Drive | $3,649,000

Distinctive organic architectural showpiece with dramatic views perfectly sited in the peaceful and serene hills of the Los Feliz Oaks. Magnificent double height entryway highlighting RBW sculptural light fixture. The home’s ground floor is thoughtfully designed for entertaining or casual living. Chef’s style kitchen with a full suite of Miele appliances and custom white oak cabinetry. Step down formal living room with fireplace and magnificent city views on the east side. Dining/Family room on the west side. Second story provides a tranquil master-suite with dual closets and luxurious bathroom taking full advantage of the unobstructed LA views. An additional two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a generous light filled landing area. European white oak flooring and custom cabinetry are featured throughout. Spectacular steel and concrete floating stairs access the lush Zen like gardens below. An additional live/work/entertaining space provides a multitude of options.

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By Philip Ferrato

Where: 2000 Westridge Road, Brentwood
When: Sunday, June 19 from 2:00pm–5:00
Asking: $3,495,000
What: A 4-bed, 4-bath Post+Beam designed by architect/developer Matt Kivlin, cantilevered over a canyon with views over Brentwood to Downtown.

After experiencing the joys of surfing on a visit to Hawaii in 1940, Kivlin (1929-2014) would become renowned for engineering and developing the lightweight balsa surfboard (what would become known as the “Malibu Board”) before going on to become an architect, designing and building over 200 homes in Malibu, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica. By then he was a surfing legend, renowned for his board-building innovations and surfing style, and this may well have been one of Kivlin’s first projects.

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At Randy Young’s new photo exhibition viewers are transported back to the early days of both the Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica Canyon. The photographs, which are currently on display at Santa Monica Canyon’s Gallery 169, highlight the early landscape and development of the neighborhoods so dear to Young’s heart. Young was born and raised in the Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica Canyon, attending Paul Revere Middle School and Palisades High School. He would later go on to receive a degree in photography from Art Center College of Design. Young’s passion for both photography and historic preservation drove him to collect images of his community’s past. His exhibition is the product of four decades of this devoted collecting. On display are images ranging from small postcards to large panoramas over one hundred years old. Young’s unique collection is sure to be enjoyed by canyon natives and newcomers alike.

“Lost Santa Monica & Palisades Images…Found!” will be on view at Gallery 169 through June.

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By Claudine Zap

Case Study House #18 in Pacific Palisades has hit the market for $10 million. With the sale come the plans for building a possible second home on the nearly half-acre site. 

The potential for owning an iconic Mid-Century Modern residence and the option to divide the property into two lots both make this offer truly special.

And this iconic Case Study House was set on a superb piece of property. It’s located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and many of the rooms of the single-story abode offer ocean views.

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By Emma Tucker

A piece of architectural history is up for grabs in California – Case Study House #18 has hit the market for $10m.

Rodney Walker designed the two-bedroom Los Angeles property in Pacific Palisades, which is also known as West House. The Modernist gem is one of a series of homes built under Arts & Architecture magazine’s Case Study programme.

The initiative saw a number of high profile architects design experimental yet practical houses, intended to show the future of domestic architecture.

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo

For $10,000,000, the new owner will receive the historic midcentury home, along with architectural plans for a separate structure by Tom Kundig.

Sited just minutes from the beach on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Case Study House #18—also known as the West House—has officially hit the market at $10,000,000.

Along with several other Case Study Homes that were built under the Arts & Architecture magazine’s program, the 1948 property is privately nestled in the exclusive Pacific Palisades neighborhood on Chautauqua Boulevard.

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By Elijah Chiland

One of Los Angeles’s few remaining Case Study houses is looking for a new owner.

Designed by Rodney Walker, Case Study House No. 18 (aka West House), was built in 1948 as part of the Case Study program, sponsored by Arts & Architecture. The influential series transformed modern architecture and helped make Los Angeles into an important center of postwar homebuilding and midcentury design style.

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