Real Estate Report: Cold War Optimism in Los Feliz, $1.395M



The Cold War was on, Eisenhower and Nixon were in office. The Red Scare was in full swing, especially in Los Angeles, and someone built this house.

The Basics: A renovated two-bedroom, two-bath plus powder room house from 1955, tucked into a hillside in the Los Feliz neighborhood, asking $1.395M.

Not So Basic: Considering the times it was built in, a very forward-looking house, incorporating ideas from past Los Angeles modernists like Richard Neutra with the new ranch style by Cliff May, combined in a style that would be immortalized in a sitcom- The Brady Bunch. Also rocks on the roof, which must have been very hip back then. It’s unclear from the listing, but the stone floor looks new and works with the central chimney, but is that flatscreen TV really a good thing? And with the exception of the bathrooms, the house is still very Eisenhower Era, retaining almost all of its Philippine mahogany plywood-goodness including the banquettes:

The kitchen’s not entirely open but still comfortably close. And yes, the staging’s really odd, or just incomplete. Inside the kitchen the renovators have replaced the charcoal grill with a stainless-steel gas insert. Genius! Below, the foyer, and behind that door on the left, a tomato-red powder room with a dubious glass pedestal sink and basin:

Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be room for a pool. That’s the kitchen door and grill chimney on the left; the long dining/living/study extends to the right. The bedrooms are in the front of the house looking into the entry courtyard. More pics at the listing, below.

Listing: 3604 Lowry Road, Los Angeles  [Redfin]

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