Real Estate Report: Two Great LA Architects for the Price of One


The Basics: a 4-bed, 3.5-bath house built in 1952 in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles– on the market a few days and asking the very specific $1,999,951.00.
Not So Basic: The pool house (top) and its lap pool was one of the last projects of Pierre Koenig, the architect of Case Study House #22 (an instantly recognizable icon of Mid-Century Modernism, via the photographs of Julius Shulman.) The main house was designed by Gregory Ain, another, earlier Modernist architect in Los Angeles whose practice tended to smaller, lower budget homes than the one here (scroll down).

Although the two structures were built 20 years apart, Koenig and Ain make quite a couple. Regrettably, the staging— or lack of it– combined with less-than-optimal photography makes for a less-than-thrilling photo tour. But pool houses are often afterthoughts or converted garages. and don’t usually come with an architectural pedigree. Or a kitchen, bath and moveable sunscreens in primary color blocks.

Downhill, the one-story back of the main house. The living and dining room, the kitchen and the master bedroom and bath all look out onto the sheltered patio.

The angled roof over the huge living room looks like it’s being peeled up to catch the light.

In the dining room, a wood and glass panel slides across to close it off, although it remains open to the stairwell.

The skylit kitchen? Austere, but looks out to the pool, and we love the lack of overhead cabinets:

Below, the front of the house. It may be geometric, but it’s not square— the elements are subtly angled to each other. Renovated in 2002, the house sits in a loop of the road, so the poolhouse actually has street frontage as well. There’s a bedroom and bath downstairs next to the garage, with the main living spaces and other bedrooms and baths upstairs at the patio level.

Listing: 5786 Valley Oak Drive, Los Angeles  [Redfin]