Razor Sharp A. Quincy Jones in Bel Air, $4.2M


A. Quincy Jones would go on to design (with Frederick Emmons) a series of tract houses for developer Joseph Eichler that would fundamentally alter the way Americans looked at home life. That would be later in his career, however, and this 1948 house, known as the Nordlinger House No.1 (because, yes, there is a later Nordlinger House for the same client) was Jones’ first commission as an independent practitioner. Jones + Emmons may be now be best known for those tract homes, but they had a long career as designers of luxury homes all over Los Angeles and their work remains much sought after. 

With sharp cantilevers and angles executed in redwood (now painted) it’s still very much under the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian houses. And equally so indoors, with open spaces angled off a massive (and beautifully executed) brick fireplace.

Jones’ beautifully restored stairs lead to the top floor primary suite. We had a look at the property in 2015, when it was entirely covered in brown paint, and the stair treads were wrapped in green-ish shag carpet.

Classic Mid-Century interiors, perfect for well-curated Modernist clutter.

More: Go to the listing for additional images and details. A unique opportunity to own a seminal Mid-Century property by one of California’s most important architects, represented by Aaron Kirman and Dalton Gomez at Compass.

Photo Credit: Matthew Momberger