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Los Hermosos

The Los Feliz Estates tract was completed in 1963 with a variety of spec homes in styles ranging from 'Classic English 2-story', 'Ranch', 'Stylized California' (with textured stucco), 'Timeless' (with mansard roof), to 'Old England' (Tudor). Situated high up on this tract of alphabetized streets, with a spectacular downtown to Long Beach view, our client's house is none of these. Nevertheless, it is of the era, in a then modern style and features a folded plate roof-light glazed to the north and south over its sunken living room. Fifty-odd years later, it can thus be called 'mid-century modern'.

The clients were adamant that it be faithfully restored in the period style while adapted to their contemporary needs and life-style. All interior and exterior finishes were re-furbished and the plan re-worked to serve the needs of a young couple who entertain frequently. The master bedroom, sunken living room and the entertainment room are now inexorably focused on the view with wall-to-wall glazing. The back yard, which for over a half a century had lain barren - a desert of concrete paving and pebble infill - is now enlivened by the cerulean waters of a spectacular trapezoidal pool.

The entry is protected to the street by a steel and ipe hardwood pivot gate. Coralstone faces the planter walls and one wing of the house, while a minimalist planting scheme augments the stark planes of the property.

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