Real Estate Report: Silver Lake “Urban Farmhouse”


Not to worry, there’s room for a pool. And worth a visit if you’re in LA— there’s an open house on Sunday, October 16th from 2-5pm.

The Basics: a 3-bed, 2-bath house in Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, built in 2004— or possibly a rebuild of an earlier structure– with a legal studio building with a kitchen and bath, converted from a vintage garage. On the market four days and asking $925K.

Not So Basic: Designed by Barbara Bestor, one of Los Angeles’ most sought-after architects, it occupies a long, narrow corner lot and is very much in the the Silver Lake vernacular— meaning it looks like anonymous, basic shelter instead of something by Schindler, Neutra or any of the other architects that made Silver Lake a nexus of Modernism in the last century.

Above, the back of the house from the patio, with the converted garage to the left. The lot slopes side-to-side, rather than front to back, giving the house a pleasant, open view and some privacy from the street.

The simple window frames are aluminum, and while the listing makes no mention of the siding, it could well be cement board laid in wide clapboards. [Update: listing agent Barry Gray at Deasy Penner tells us yes, it’s cement board lap siding from HardiePlank®.]

Inside the front entrance, the living/dining/kitchen runs the length of one side, with two bedrooms, a bath and stairway up to the master bedroom on the other. We approve of the current occupant’s  interesting, eclectic taste in furniture:

Below, the second floor master bedroom with a balcony overlooking the back yard, plus two Gino Sarfatti starbursts on the ceiling that probably started life as sconces in the early ’50s:

Simple, austere finishes— white subway tile on the walls, black penny tiles on the floor and a Richlite countertop on the vanity make this bath a favorite:

Theres’a big open deck outside the master bedroom at the front of the house in addition to the balcony in the back:

The studio— with  a bath and kitchenette, a perfect future pool house:

The lot is mostly open at the back, with room for a pool– or a vegetable garden and chickens— or possibly all three. Images via the perenially interesting site of Deasy Penner, a real estate firm that specializes in architecture.

Listing: 2300 Baxter Street, Los Angeles  [Redfin]

Barbara Bestor: have a look at Barbara Bestor’s work, both commercial and residential, and previously at CH+D

More: Some of us at CH+D have had a long-term love affair with Silver Lake.