Real Estate Report: Waterfront Modernist House by Killingsworth, Brady & Smith in Long Beach


Where: 3051 E. Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach
What: A 3-bed, 2-bath house by Killingsworth, Brady & Smith directly on Ocean Boulevard Park with a spectacular view of the refinery and the ocean, asking $1.599M. On a street-to-street lot, with a garage in the back and the main entry on a side walkway, the architects created a slightly-elevated glass pavilion, and with a thin roofline anchored by two strong verticals, not unlike a suburban version of Mies Van Der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion from 1929. The firm was also responsible for a number of Case Study Houses, the cutting-edge Mid-Century building program that sought to make Modern design a built reality. For more information about the Case Study Houses, check out Curbed LA’s definitive map.

The main living space looks out onto Ocean Boulevard through impeccably detailed, floor-to-ceiling windows, which are repeated through the rest of the house. The kitchen could use some work, and we’d probably cut down on the number of George Nelson hanging fixtures and lose the red walls, but the bones are all here for someone with more severe tastes than the current occupants.

Along with the white-stained cork flooring, we’re especially loving the courtyard in the back between the garage and the house, an overgrown but charming retreat surrounded by bamboo. For more images, check out the realtor’s site. Not yet on the MLS, and sadly, no open houses.