Open House Report, LA: Two Well-Preserved Mid-Century Moderns

A lot of extravagant Mid-Century Modern comes on the market in Los Angeles— built during the post-war boom— but it's rare to see that mid-century life style so well preserved. Here are two outstanding time-warps open this weekend.

2630 Harlesden Court, Hollywood Hills, $2.975M
Architect Richard Stoddard designed this slightly flashy and Asian-inflected in 1964 for a politically-active LA real estate developer. The surfaces are more luxurious and the spaces more ambitious— this 4-bed, 4-bath house was built to impress. And while the landscaping may need some help, the hardscape is impressive, with a koi pond that segues into a swimming pool, floating patios, and a Japanese-influence pavilion. Have a look at the agent's extensive slide show for a view into a tastefully flashy lifestyle— one that probably included jeweled caftans and opulent automobiles with fins— without any campy Vegas irony. The cocktail-ready house came the market for the first time this week. Open Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

9557 Lime Orchard Road, Beverly Hills Post Office, $3.69M
Of a similar size and on the same kind of heavily-treed lot, this one's completely different. We wrote about this house when it first came on the market in June, 2011 for $3.9M. It didn't sell and was re-listed last week for $3.69M. Originally designed in 1961 by architect Robert Skinner and later purchased by architect Bruce Becket, who added a "children's wing" and the swimming pool. More details about the family history from chic house-flipper Alexandra Becket, who grew up there, via Curbed LA. With it's indoor-outdoor vibe, we love how the house is set into the landscape. Check out the realtor's slide show for a look at a well-lived California life in bright yellow, orange, avocado and lime. The yellow flokati rug in the living room makes it worth a visit. Open Sunday, March 25 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm 

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