Kirsten Blazek Remakes The American Ranch House

By Philip Ferrato The “Ranch” is so ubiquitous a form of housing that we sometimes forget how radical they were, transforming the landscape in the post-WWII era with endless one-story homes. There are the classic Eichlers and Cliff Mays, which introduced one-story Tract Modernism to America, but there’s another species that evolved alongside them with… Keep reading

Open House Obsession: A Rare James Allen Walter, $2.25m

By Philip Ferrato Homes by Mid-Century architect James Allen Walter are not easy to find, but there’s a prime example of his work open this weekend (scroll down for details). Only thirty-two of Walter’s designs were built, and while he seems to have been somewhat difficult and intense (according to this) that intensity translated into a… Keep reading

Gorgeous Mid-Century In Pasadena, $1.375M

By Philip Ferrato A real estate unicorn, this 1959 Post+Beam has been put on the market by the estate of its original owners in original but beautifully maintained condition. And while no architect has been identified, this house is very much of its time, and in a way that’s rarely seen today. If we had… Keep reading

The Romance Of Concrete And Steel In Laurel Canyon, $1.875M

By Philip Ferrato Since the 1950s, Laurel Canyon has been a neighborhood of innovative architecture, and this new project by the architecture firm Mutuo joins that long tradition. Tasked by the developer to create three homes on a steep downslope, the firm placed the homes dramatically against a 20-foot-high retaining wall, creating room for deeply shaded… Keep reading

Open House Obsession: A Modernist Masterpiece In Los Feliz, $3.8M

By Philip Ferrato Exquisitely elevated and balanced above its site, the Steel House by architect Neil A. Johnson AIA has come back on the market after a comprehensive, multi-year renovation overseen by the noted architectural conservator/house whisperer Mark Haddawy for the home’s current owner, James Valentine, the musician, songwriter and lead guitar for Maroon 5. Built in… Keep reading