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932 West Kensington Road

Another day, another home on Kensington. I’ve lost track of just how many units we’ve written up from this street. Needless to say, it’s a desirable area, and this is a particularly desirable home. Located in historic Angeleno Heights, the gorgeous 1922 Craftsman at 932 West Kensington Road hits a lot of marks directly on the nose. Maybe even some you weren’t aware of.

932 W Kensington Front

Located on an ample 7,300+ square foot lot you get this well-preserved 3 bedroom, 2 bath beauty; an adorable 1+1 Spanish style bungalow for in-laws or rent or rent from in-laws (no judging here); plus a converted studio garage–all for $949,000. There is also a very usable yard and patio with various fruit trees.

932 W Kensington Living

The main home offers a what’s what of period trappings — with beautiful hardwood floors, ornate chandeliers, bay windows with a patterned transom window, and numerous built-ins, including an extensive buffet in the dining room.

932 W Kensington Dining

You’d think we’d tire of subway tiles and wood countertops on white cabinetry, but this kitchen only bolsters our passion for it. Additionally, you’ll find an O’Keefe & Merritt stove that maintains the look of the era.

932 W Kensington Kitchen

We hope you appreciate subway tile, as this first floor bathroom extends far enough back to make it feel as though you’re heading down the halls of a Paris metro station — to use the restroom. Additional built-ins are a welcome inclusion.

932 W Kensington Bath

As the final room on the first floor, it’s free to be used as either a guest bedroom, den, or something far more imaginative.

932 W Kensington Den

You’ll find the other two not particularly large bedrooms, and second bath, upstairs. You still have to chalk one up for detailing — the floors and lamp look great.

932 W Kensington Master

932 W Kensington Bed

Heading on over to the bungalow built in 1924, it’s pretty standard fair, though there is ample yardage separating the units with some shrubbery for added privacy.

932 W Kensington Yard

Surprisingly, the inside shares many of the character traits found in the larger home, just on a smaller scale, including a lovely buffet style built-in the dining area. There is a definitely a sense here, that while it may lack the size of the front home, it doesn’t lack the quality.

932 W Kensington Income Living

Again, the kitchen layout is very similar to the front home, though tile replaces wood for the counter. It may be a one bed, one bath but this is far from a penalty box. The bedroom is cozy, but certainly not wanting of anything.

932 W Kensington Income Kitchen

932 W Kensington Income Bed

As far as conversions go, the simple layout of the studio garage is hard to argue with, especially with those skylights. Throw in a sleeper sofa and you have another extra bedroom.

932 W Kensington Studio Front 932 W Kensington Studio Inside

Finally, the crème de la crème of Southern California rarities, a full-size basement. Great as it is for storage, it could be greater still converted to something more.

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

932 W Kensington Basement

George Moreno of Keller Williams Realty, Los Feliz has the listing.

 

416 S. Spring Street #810 – El Dorado Lofts

Hotel Stowell - postcard

In 1915, Charlie Chaplin took residence at El Dorado, formerly known as Hotel Stowell and prized for its extensive Batchelder-tiled lobby and enameled brick and terra cotta façade. The building, designed by architect Frederick Noonan and built by financier N.W. Stowell, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1914, it was extensively renovated and outfitted as a 65-unit condo — with a $40MM price tag — more than a century later.

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It’s a rarity that these units ever hit the market. Residence 810, on the rear stack, comprises of a 1 bedroom, 1 bath open floor plan loft with unobstructed east-facing views.

Even the unit’s front door, a repurposed office door from the 1898-built Douglas Building, harkens back to an era when this strip of Downtown L.A. (the Old Bank District) was considered the “Wall Street of the West.”

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Concrete pillars complement modern interior finishes, including Bosch stainless steel appliances (refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, microwave), black granite countertops, and honey-hued Snaidero Italian cabinets.

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These self-closing drawers, along with the cleverly-hidden dishwasher, are quite fancy.

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Entertain from the dining room, the living room (pre-wired for surround sound), or enjoy views from a fire escape-style balcony — perfect for an urban garden.

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Low-e, dual-glazed windows, in-unit LG washer/dryer combo, spacious wardrobe and coat closets, and a deep soaking tub all sustain the city lifestyle.

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Unmatched location to Spring Street Park, Grand Central Market, and Metro Rail.

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The El Dorado Lofts, 65 distinctive condos in the Historic Core District, is recipient of a Mills Act historical designation, with certification in process for property tax abatement.

Offered at $459,000

  • 1 bedroom loft, 1 full bath
  • Square footage at 897 per Builder
  • $463 per month HOA

Jovelle Schaffer of Sotheby’s Los Feliz represents the Seller. For inquiries, contact Jovelle at (213) 718-1110 or jovelle@jovelle.com.

 

 

2325 Vestal Avenue

As long as you remain on top, it’s great playing ‘King of the Mountain.’ The home and guest house perched at 2325 Vestal Avenue allow you just such a luxury with Craftsman style, tons of outdoor space, and views all around. Consider it permanent victory.

2325 Vestal Front

The main dwelling was built in 1907 by novelist and LA Times critic, Gordon Ray Young, and has been extensively updated with new electrical, plumbing, roof, air & heat, and even the pool & spa, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

2325 Vestal Living

Coffered ceilings in the living room, rich wood flooring throughout many of the rooms (with less rich wood paneling), period window trimmings, and a gorgeous working stone fireplace harken back to the rich craftsmanship that helped define the turn of the century.

2325 Vestal Family

With 3 bedrooms and 2 baths it’s clear that much of the original detail is still intact, and looking fresh. With the whole estate sitting on 2/3rds of an acre, surrounded by mature fauna (including some fruit trees), and a 1 +1 guest house, the $1.395MM asking price starts making sense.

2325 Vestal Sun room

The home truly benefits from the surrounding greenery, and some smart “magic hour” photography. The lush yard and private path help create a sanctuary from urban living.

2325 Vestal Yard 2325 Vestal Path

As mentioned earlier, you’ll also find a very private pool and spa. If that’s not enough for you, the large terrace offers amazing views and a fountain to boot. Not throwing parties here would be a travesty.

2325 Vestal Pool

2325 Vestal Terrace

The guest home, built in 1926, is what I imagine a pool house looks like in the Free State of Bavaria. It definitely deserves a garden gnome.

2325 Vestal Guest house

Inside you’ll find vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, built-ins, French doors and hardwood floors. The old-fashioned style kitchen almost gives it a quaint, cabin feel.

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

Bill Parks of Rodeo Realty, Inc. has the listing.

331 North Crane Blvd.

Today we’re doing something different and venturing across the river and into super hot Mt. Washington. Before you get up in arms, there is a reason for such madness, as 331 North Crane Blvd. was designed by Anonymous Architects’ Simon Storey of Echo Park, who was recently named one of the Emerging Architects of 2014 by Wallpaper* magazine. There, does that satisfy you?

331 N Crane Front

His minimal, modern design boasts 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and hits the market for a low $699,000. Beyond expecting multiple offers, you can almost hear it appreciating in value.

331 N Crane Hall

White oak wood floors and cabinetry, combined with multiple bay windows, provide ample, natural light throughout the main floor. And while the kitchen features Carrera countertops, they surprisingly left certain appliances to the buyer’s discretion.

331 N Crane Living

With just over 1,200 sq./ft of living area, space is modest, but not cramped. A bright, clean layout such as this does wonders for usability. Care was taken in providing environmentally-conscious items, such as a tankless water heater, dual-glazed aluminum windows, and ultra low VOC finishing products. The home is even pre-wired for solar and electric car charging.

331 N Crane Stairs

As is the case with many homes in the area that take residence hillside, the bedrooms are located below the living area. With so much wood, one can appreciate the visual display of cast-in-place concrete in the master bedroom and ceramic tile in the bathroom.

331 N Crane Master

331 N Crane Bath

Far from an afterthought, the guest bedroom includes a bay window and sitting nook, with incredible canyon views. For fresh air, you can also try the covered outdoor patio area.

331 N Crane Bed

331 N Crane Porch

As value goes, this thing is a home run — a new construction architectural in a very hot area. On the bright side, Simon Storey built two in conjunction with his sister, hence the aptly-coined “Brother and Sister” epithet for the side-by-side cedar-lined residences. Just next door sits its twin home at 327 North Crane Blvd., priced at $689,000.

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

Tracy Do of the John Aaroe Group has the listing.

Our Sunia Adventure Continues – 3248 Descanso Drive

It goes without saying that we’ve come to expect sequels to be bigger than their origin story. People want more of whatever it was that made the first one so enjoyable. In the case of Sunia Homes, it means more of their sleek, modern design and eco-minded efficiency that landed them on the Dwell on Design Tour back in 2012. For their follow-up, Jerome Pelayo decided to go the “Back to the Future” route and design 2 homes back-to-back, side-by-side. Yesterday we explored 3244 Descanso, so today it’s 3248 Descanso Drive.

3248 Descanso Front

It’s obvious that while each home has a unique look, they both share a similar aesthetic — poured concrete, simple emblematic Sunia Home windows, and a pop of wood for warmth and color. They also share like-minded environmental bones with solar panels, rainwater harvesting, energy monitoring, and more. This one even has an EV charger.

3248 Descanso Living

At 1,840 sq/ft this unit is slightly smaller than its sister building, which is reflected in the $979,000 asking price. Even so, it still offers plenty of space with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths on 3 floors — each with a balcony offering DTLA and Silver Lake treetop views.

3248 Descanso Balcony

The kitchen buzzes with sharp simplicity, playful teal cabinets, and comes ready with Bosch stainless steel appliances and teak cabinetry.

3248 Descanso Kitchen

The en suite master bedroom takes up the entire top floor, which allows for a sizable separate den space.

3248 Descanso Master 3248 Descanso Bath

In an age where privacy is prized, you’ll be happy to know that the guest bedrooms are located below the living and dining area, providing a nice buffer between them and the master suite.

3248 Descanso Bed

And, finally, in addition to the 3 balconies, there is also a porch, and a separate landing located in the upper portion of the  yard.  With a few trees (drought tolerant, of course) and some time, you’ll have your own private oasis for al fresco entertaining and relaxing.

3248 Descanso Deck 3248 Descanso Yard

If the judgement of a good sequel comes down to offering something similar enough to the first to bring people back, yet different enough to keep them entertained, I’d say both these homes should be considered a success.

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

Daniel R. Ortega of Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing.