The Katzenstein House | 739 Brooktree Road, Pacific Palisades | Represented & Sold by Deasy Penner Podley

The Los Angeles Conservancy will be hosting a virtual benefit on December, 3rd celebrating 1970s architecture and design through the lens of the visionary architect Ray Kappe.

Born in 1927 to Romanian immigrants, Kappe spent his formative years in Minneapolis, an environment that sparked an indelible love of nature that would dramatically impact his future work.

Kappe-designed Condos at 3625 Fredonia Drive, Los Angeles | Represented & Sold by Deasy Penner Podley

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By Claire Carponen

SCI-Arc founder Ray Kappe brings together post-and-beam construction and Japanese modernism in this Los Angeles property, which has a curved, glass-elevated roof.

Kappe designed the hilltop Sherman Oaks home in 1961 and then rebuilt it in 1996 in its original style after it was destroyed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The two-bedroom Meyer Residence is on sale for $2.395m with Deasy Penner Podley.

Clad in redwood, the 3,000 sq ft California property has a raised central roof that arcs over the building to create high ceilings and a double carport to the front.

Inside, it is light and cozy, with brick walls, extensive timber beams and glazed elevations that wrap around an outdoor pool.

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By Kathryn M. 

First built in the ’60s, this Ray Kappe home was reconstructed in 1996—and it just hit the market for the first time since.

The post-and-beam home in Sherman Oaks was originally built by celebrated architect Ray Kappe in 1961, only to be heavily damaged three decades later during the Northridge earthquake. The owners loved the original design so much that—rather than starting fresh—they asked Kappe to rebuild the residence.

Rebuilt in 1996, the two-bedroom, two-bath hilltop residence is ideal for entertaining, with spacious living areas and multiple outdoor patios. The post-and-beam construction is on full display throughout the glass-walled interior, which features hardwood and brick flooring.

The home has an open floor plan, and the master suite is located in a private, separate wing. Sliding glass doors connect the master bedroom to the poolside patio, while a glass ceiling illuminates the master bathroom with natural light.

To read the full article visit their website here.

3893 Deervale Drive 3893Deervale_006

Do you dream of mountain views and respite from the hustle and bustle? Virtually explore a farmhouse retreat with modern upgrades sitting on 23 acres. If you are looking to buy in Pasadena we have more traditional options as well as a stunning Spanish style home.

Sherman Oaks | The Meyer Residence | Ray Kappe, FAIA, 1961/1996

3893 Deervale Drive | $2,395,000

Ray Kappe’s hilltop post-and-beam design exemplifies the master architect’s conviction that renewable resources such as finely crafted clear heart redwood, timber beams, red brick, and glass could be employed in the special interpretation of Modernism that made the radical Sci-Arc founder famous. Offset at an angle from the street, its arresting roofline framing of the carport clearly sets the home apart from its neighbors.

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Located just east of the 80-acre Deervale-Stone Canyon Park, this Sherman Oaks residence was originally built by the great Ray Kappe in 1961, and then rebuilt by the SCI-Arc founder three decades later, following the devastating Northridge earthquake.

The Japanese-influenced modern—constructed from clear heart redwood, timber beams, red brick, and glass—measures 2,987 square feet, a significant portion of which is devoted to its voluminous common spaces, with the rest divided between two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a galley kitchen, and office.

Among the home’s distinctive architectural features is a dramatic formal entry with double doors, etched plate glass, and an atrium. You’ll also find clerestory windows, lofty ceilings, concrete and hardwood floors, a built-in bar, sunken dining room, and multiple fireplaces. Sizable glass sliders open from the living room, dining room, and master bedroom out to a heated swimming pool and garden patios with expansive Valley views.

On the market for the first time since 1993, the 0.34-acre property is listed with Matt Berkley and Scott Lander of Deasy Penner Podley at an asking price of $2.395 million.

To read the full article visit their website here.

By Sandra Barrera

A mid-century modern Sherman Oaks home designed by renowned architect Ray Kappe has listed for $2.395 million.

Kappe, who died last year in November at 92, created homes that flow seamlessly outdoors and are enveloped by nature.

The Meyer Residence, named after original owners Stanley and Marjorie Meyer, exemplifies this — so much so, that after being destroyed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the current owner asked Kappe to recreate his 1961 original with few updates.

Perched on a third-acre hilltop, the home’s 2,987-square-foot interior with exposed beams, warm wood, brick, and abundant glass contains two bedrooms and bathrooms, an open floor plan and a central freestanding wet bar. The bar was the location of the original kitchen.

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Although he supposedly disliked being called a “Modernist” architect, Ray Kappe has been undoubtedly modern and current throughout his entire career. And as of Thursday, November 21st at the age of 92, Ray Kappe will add “Timeless” to his legacy. As one of the pioneering forces of indoor/outdoor living that has come to define the quintessential California lifestyle, Kappe designed his homes in respect to the environment. Kappe started his career in architecture after graduating from UC Berkley, and went on to found the school of architecture at Cal Poly Pomona as well as the Southern California Institute of Architecture, or SCI-arc. Part of Kappe’s ethos ingrained into SCI-arc’s mission emphasized social and cultural concerns; Kappe fully believed in the democratizing culture of post WWII America. He was an outspoken candidate for pre-fabricated homes and affordable housing. With an impressive career spanning 5 decades, Kappe’s work can be found all over Southern California from Pacific Palisades to Pasadena. One of his most famous works is the Kappe Residence inside the famous Kappe Colony of homes.

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By Tish Wrigley

SCI-Arc founder Ray Kappe’s debut commission has landed on the market for the first time in a decade.

The Waymire Residence was built in Los Angeles in 1958 and is set over 1,906 sq ft. Its pitched floor-to-ceiling windows offer a panoramic sweep over Los Angeles, from Downtown to Century City to the Getty Museum.

Listed for $2.2m via Deasy/Penner, the three-bedroom midcentury property has been updated over the years, including its kitchen, but many of the key details – such as the central open fireplace – remain untouched.

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By Pauline O’Connor

If you were thinking of making a bid on Naples Island’s Stoner House, tough luck—the waterfront property reworked by the brilliant Ray Kappe in 1955 is now pending sale. But stepping up to fill the Kappe gap is a sharp midcentury modern in Baldwin Hills known as the Waymire House.

One of the SCI-Arc co-founder’s earliest commissions, the three-bedroom, two-bath home was completed in 1958 and features pitched ceilings, clerestory windows, concrete block walls, and vast expanses of glass that provide cinematic views.

The 1,906-square-foot residence occupies a .42-acre lot studded with mature eucalyptus and oak trees. Last sold in 2005 for $1.05 million, it’s now asking $2.2 million.

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo

On the market for the first time in 10 years, this classic midcentury home was architect Ray Kappe’s first commission.

Designed in 1958 by Los Angeles architect and SCI-Arc founder Ray Kappe, the Waymire Residence is a stunning example of classic midcentury style. With sweeping city views and much of its original character still intact, the 1,906-square-foot home can easily serve as a blank canvas for period-appropriate updates.

Now, for the first time in the last decade, the three-bedroom, two-bath property is being listed for $2,200,000. Scroll ahead for a glimpse inside, as well as a look at a few vintage photos of the house when it was built.

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