MId-Century Hideout In Moreno Highlands, $2.4M


Interior Designer Elspeth Benoit has spent the past few years buffing and polishing her c.1940 home in Moreno Highlands, creating a place that manages to be both completely of the moment and somehow deeply nostalgic. She brought a lot of experience to the table, with past gigs in art direction, a stint at HGTV’s “Home By Novogratz” and the renovation of her family’s historic Cobble Hill, Brooklyn townhouse before moving West.

Moreno Highlands has long been one of Silver Lake’s most desirable (and non-commercial) neighborhoods for the design-conscious. As the eminent LA architecture historian and writer Pauline O’Conner succinctly puts it “…the Moreno Highlands tract was developed during the 1920s and 1930s by oil heiress Daisy Canfield and her husband, the Spanish-born silent film star Antonio Moreno. Though the enclave would become a bastion of modernist architecture, it was originally intended to be modeled after a Mediterranean hillside village.” Today there are glimpses of now-historic Modernist landmarks among the Mediteranneans, along winding, walkable streets with ancient trees. Plus all the power lines are underground.

In the dining room (at top and below) Benoit chose Farrow and Ball’s Black Blue for the paneled walls, and their Calke Green and Folly Green for the outscale checked floor.

What We Love: With open rafters and impeccable vintage tongue-and groove paneling, the house never lets go of its carpenter-crafted roots;  Benoit’s adroit and evocative use of color and texture, plus sophisticated staging for the sale by Ethan Kotch and Kirsten Blazek at A1000XBetter.

Pale pink where you don’t expect it.

There’s a pair of bedrooms on the main floor, with the luminous primary bedroom suite upstairs– which includes a spectacularly moody shower clad in Clé Tile’s Zellige, seen in the mirror’s reflection over the marble vanity.

More: Go to the listing for many additional images and details, open house schedules, plus a comprehensive virtual tour that’s worth a look. A rare, stylish and move-in-ready opportunity represented by Cari Field at ACME Real Estate.

Photo Credit: Alex Zarour of Virtually Here Studios