Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Brentwood Untouched 1960 Mid-Century Modern Comes Loaded With Charm

1331 Casiano Road, Brentwood - 1960 - $1,499,000
It is not often you find a well-preserved mid-century modern.  This 1960 design is loaded with original charm and architectural details.  The spacious one-owner, 3 bedroom and 2.5 bathroom home has 2,376 square feet of living space within its custom design.    The post and beam with it's low-slung roof line is a fine example of California Modern with it's indoor/outdoor flow. (Sure enough, it was designed by Edward H. Fickett, F.A.I.A.)
Before entering this home, you are greeted by your first atrium area with a cut-out skylight and a roof line that towers above.  As you land onto the terrazzo, the double door entry takes you indoors to a light, bright and cheerful interior.  Located on a very quiet street at 1331 Casiano Rd, Brentwood, 90049, this home is perfect for a family looking to spread out.
The terrazzo entry leads you inside where the light-filled foyer, provided by another atrium garden area is found.  The charm of original features is noted by the decorative wooden sliding screens that provide privacy and slight shade.
The living room boasts high ceilings with ample glass walls with clerestory windows, allowing maximum natural light.  The room is currently carpeted, but my suspicion leads me to believe there is terrazzo under that carpet.  From this room, the private atrium garden is also exposed. as the house seems to work around this area in its design.  Having the central portion of the home open to natural light allows for each room surrounding it a sense of the outdoors.  The entryway, living room kitchen and formal dining room take advantage of this garden area with slatted wood screen above to slightly diffuse light while casting architectural shadows throughout the day.  Skylights are found throughout the home.
The vintage kitchen has been styled with cabinets painted in a Wedgewood blue.  Original appliances accompany the original kitchen layout.  A skylight just off the kitchen provides lovely natural light into the kitchen.  You will also find some wood paneling in the kitchen area to give texture to the wall.  The original lighting globes are still intact.  The kitchen area can be closed off with additional sliding wood screens.  Off of the kitchen, you will find a large laundry room, which connects to a two-car carport.
In keeping with the flow of the design, across from the kitchen is the formal dining room, equipped with  the decorative screens for partial privacy.  Below you can see the effect of the screens open and closed.  As with the living room and entryway, the dining room also takes advantage of the interior atrium and sliding glass doors to the back patio area, which runs along the house and allows access from all the public rooms.
Off the kitchen is the family room / den with a prominent rock-faced fireplace to help keep you warm on the chilly Southern California evenings.  The wall carries itself from the interior to the exterior through the use of unframed glass merging with the rock.  The cozy nature of this room off the kitchen provides a close eye from mom in the kitchen on the kids in the family room, something the modern architects always kept in mind.
The master bedroom is located in the back area of the house and has access to the back garden area.  Sliding glass walls, corner window and clerestory windows provide beautiful light.  The room also features wood paneled walls that provide a different textural tone.  With plenty of closets, the master bedroom also has a light-filled master bath which includes terrazzo flooring and a shower with large glass panel which opens to another private garden.
The home has spacious second and third bedrooms with access to the outdoors through sliding glass doors.  The second bathroom includes the original blue fixtures, terrazzo floors and a floor to ceiling window next to the original vanity.
Even though the home does not have a pool, the outdoor areas and private gardens are enough to allow you the enjoyment of nature.  The home is currently listed for $1,499,000, which breaks down to a $631 per square foot deal!  This home begs you to run and not walk!  Kudos to the owner for keeping the home well-maintained and in original condition.
Listing and photos courtesy of MLS and Larry Young, Pru-BH

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