A New Sunia Designed Home – 3244 Descanso Drive

Sunia Homes are back, baby! After making a splash with their first, highly celebrated Dwell on Design Tour home at 915 Rosemont Avenue in Echo Park, Jerome Pelayo of Sunia Homes and Rocking Horse Redevelopment — individually and collaboratively — bring you two new homes, 3244 and 3248 Descanso Drive. Yes, technically that is Silver Lake territory, but seeing as how Sunia Homes got their start in EP, it’s worth a write-up. Today we focus our attention on the larger (and pricier) of the two — 3244 Descanso Drive, created by Rocking Horse and designed by Sunia.

3244 Descanso Front

A trademark of Sunia + Rocking Horse is their combined ability to effortlessly blend modern design with modern efficiency. For an asking price of $1.169MM you not only get a beautifully constructed 3 bedroom, 3 bath hilltop architectural with city views, but one that seamlessly blends in with the latest in green design — including solar panels, rain barrels (they’ll eventually come in handy), structurally insulated panel (SIP) construction, drought tolerant plants, and more to put your environmental conscience at ease.

3244 Descanso Partitions

Mangaris wood accented walls help to break the main living area down into 3 separate, yet open spaces. Wide plank oak floors (that washed out grey is impressive!), steel display walls, and ceiling-to-floor windows provide an array of textures, and flood the area with natural light. A wraparound balcony makes it that much easier to enjoy sunset views and city lights.

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The respectable kitchen and dining area comes equipped with a substantially sized island, top-shelf energy-efficient Bosch appliances, and PaperStone countertops. (Note: PaperStone is made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and it feels anything but.)

3244 Descanso Kitchen

Making your way upstairs,  you’ll find a luminous landing — oh, the ingenious skylight — with a wide landing and access to the generous en suite master and two very usable guest bedrooms.

3244 Descanso Hall

3244 Descanso Master

3244 Descanso Bath

Judging from this example, it’s clear that Sunia’s first home was more than just a fluke. More than that, it makes us take notice that Sunia + Rocking Horse is looking to leave a lasting impression on the design landscape of Los Angeles.

3244 Descanso Side

For a private showing, please contact Jovelle Schaffer at or call (213) 718-1110.

Peter Tomlinson of Keller Williams Realty, Los Feliz has the listing.


1023 West Kensington Road

From the sidewalk you may wonder why this lovely Craftsman at 1023 West Kensington Road is asking almost $1.2MM. It will most likely sell for even higher. While it looks to be gorgeously maintained, it also seems a bit modest. That is, until you realize just how deceptively cavernous and beautifully detailed this home truly is.

1023 W Kensington Front

The living and dining rooms — at first glance may seem rather unassuming — but the pieces start to fall into place once you notice the rich dark wood flooring and period details like built-ins and a Batchelder fireplace.

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That feeling only builds in the kitchen, which abounds with tastefully elegant touches, such as a farmhouse sink, cobblestone subway tile backsplash, Carrera marble countertops, custom cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances.

1023 W Kensington Kitchen

Design details remain homogenous throughout the 4 bedroom and 3 1/2 bath home, including the master, where you’ll find more rich flooring and more tile.

1023 W Kensington Master

1023 W Kensington Master Bath

It’s safe to call one of the bedrooms “sizable.” No penalty boxes here — all class.

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Up to this point, you may still be wondering why the cost is so high. Well, may I introduce you to the basement…

1023 W Kensington Basement

Large enough to be a living room, den, game room, and more, it’s clear that all 3,200+ sq/ft have been put to great use. It would also be an ideal place for hosting a party while keeping guests out of the main living quarters. You’ll also find another generous bedroom here as well.

1023 W Kensington Bed 4

Additionally the basement opens up to a lovely patio area and vast yard space that an 8,000 sq/ft lot would allow for. Need more? How about another separate room under the two car garage that would make for a great office or studio space. It all makes sense now, doesn’t it?

There’s even room for a pool, which would make the house shine a bit more.

1023 W Kensington Yard

1023 W Kensington Den

For a private showing, please contact Jovelle Schaffer at or call (213) 718-1110.

Donna Grissom of Keller Williams Studio City has the listing.




1447 McDuff Street

Eclectic properties can go in any number of directions, and one’s opinion is very much based on personal taste.  Thankfully, the bungalow found at 1447 McDuff Street is both unique enough to stand out, yet tasteful enough to be appreciated by many. But don’t take my word for it — check it out.

1447 Mcduff Front

An open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, numerous skylights that flood the space with natural light, and wide-plank pine floors help make this 1,278 square foot home feel larger than its foot print would suggest.

1447 Mcduff Living

1447 Mcduff Kitchen

Sliding glass doors found on both ends of the home should create decent airflow for natural cooling. One also opens to a partially-covered deck, which only adds to its usable space.

1447 Mcduff Porch

While listed as a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, it would be more accurate to call the home a 1 bedroom with loft/office/den space located mid-level between the ground floor and master bedroom. The first floor bathroom also includes a gracious spa tub.

1447 Mcduff Loft 1447 Mcduff Bath

With the master bedroom making up the third floor, you not only get some privacy, but also a full separate bath, and your very own private decks with views.

1447 Mcduff master 1447 Mcduff deck

The back yard is also large enough for al fresco entertaining, gardening, or just taking in your daily recommended dose of vitamin D in peace.

1447 Mcduff yard

While this is certainly a in line with the funky, quintessential Echo Park homes typical of the area, it can offer a lot of enjoyment to the right buyer.

For a private showing, please contact Jovelle Schaffer at or call (213) 718-1110.

Peter Tomlinson of Keller Williams Realty Los Feliz has the listing.


Barbara Bestor Architectural — 1506 Allison Avenue

Whenever I travel outside the country, one of my favorite treats to find are Kinder Eggs. Banned in the U.S., these innocuous chocolate eggs hide a surprise toy inside, and make great gifts for anyone back home. The residence at 1506 Allison Avenue, re-imagined by renowned Los Angeles architect Barbara Bestor, brings to mind those delicious eggs.

1506 Allison Ave Front

From outside, it’s hard to discern how this home is any different from your average Echo Park 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage, but much like the Kinder Egg, it’s all about the surprise inside.

1506 Allison Ave Living

Transformed is putting it lightly. Vaulted ceilings, red oak flooring, and hidden storage just scratch the surface of this “bohemian modern” bungalow. Certainly the $599,000 asking price seems far more reasonable, no?

1506 Allison Ave Living 2

With so much efficiency, the need for additional furniture seems minimal and, with a modest 811 square feet of space, helps make the interior feel downright voluminous.

1506 Allison Ave Kitchen

The stark galley kitchen has a surprising amount of usable cabinetry, and comes lined with stainless steel appliances and luxury light fixtures.

1506 Allison Ave Master

Vaulted ceilings continue on through the bedrooms, helping to open up the master, while providing a healthy loft space and additional storage for the guest room — just add a mattress.

1506 Allison Ave Bed 1 1506 Allison Ave Bed 2

With an excellent location just blocks from Sunset Blvd., a poured concrete porch, and system upgrades, there is much to be appreciated from this Echo Park architectural, and that is no surprise at all.

1506 Allison Ave Kitchen 2

For a private showing, please contact Jovelle Schaffer at or call at (213) 718-1110.

Ellen Philips of Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing.



2374 Landa Street

When looking for a one bedroom living space, you’ll typically come across condos, studios, or apartments, as single family homes of that size are a rare find indeed. Lucky for you, one of these unicorns has finally come to market.

2374 Landa Door

Built in 1921, this very charming cottage is asking $449,000 — about what you’d pay for a decent 2 bedroom condo in Echo Park — but for that you get your own lot, a spacious deck, mature fauna, and though it lists as a 1 bedroom, 1 bath, there is also a small office that could double as a small second bedroom.

2374 Landa Front

The French doors located in the living/dining area and the bedroom are both flanked by said large deck that allows for simple indoor/outdoor living and great airflow throughout — which should hopefully offset the lack of A/C.

2374 Landa Dining

With such a cozy living area, most of the entertaining will have to be done outdoors. Shucks.

2374 Landa Living

That last part is far from a complaint as the deck is both user-friendly and private. You’d be hard pressed to find this at any condo or studio unit.

2374 Landa Porch 1

2374 Landa Porch 2

The kitchen is tastefully functional and centrally located. Newer appliances would go a long way here.

2374 Landa Kitchen

The exposed beam ceiling in the bedroom does wonders towards making the room feel bigger.

2374 Landa Master

And, there are tons of creative options available for how to use a small second room such as this.

2374 Landa Office

There are plenty of examples out there of small homes finding creative ways to feel large, and this is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to own, but who prefers no shared walls and a yard to garden.

2374 Landa Blueprint

For a private showing, please contact Jovelle Schaffer at

Richard Wilkinson of Keller Williams Los Feliz has the listing.