Saturday, July 4, 2015

Raul Garduno - Moreno Highlands Hideaway, 1960

1954 Lucille Ave, Silver Lake - Raul F. Garduno, Architect, 1960 - $899,000
One of my favorite architects, Raul F. Garduno is someone who is under the radar of mid-century modern architecture and design in our local scene, but one who is gaining more admirers with time.  There is not much about him on the web and he remains somewhat mysterious to me, other than the fact that all of his homes speak to me in an esoteric sense.  I have a good friend who owns an incredible design of his in Beverly Hills. It would make your heart stop due to it's beauty and design.  But let's not digress... 
On market is an open plan two bedroom and two bathroom post and beam tree house supported by steel, as it cantilevers over the  western hillside of the Moreno Highlands area of Silver Lake, by Raul F. Garduno.  If you don't look up from the street below, you could miss this one and it's sister home, the Fleming Drefeld House, resting just north of here.  Located at 1954 Lucille Avenue, Silver Lake, 90039, the modest 1,395 square foot interior living space takes advantage of the vistas and views of the Hollywood Sign and the Griffith Park Observatory.  Listed for $899,000, this mid-century, built in 1960, needs a respectful steward, as the home needs work and restoration and should be preserved. 
Just look at these beautiful wood parquet floors.  I bet with some sanding and staining, they would breath new life.  The original fireplace is still nestled in the corner of the living room. 
With glass walls exposed to the intense Southern California sun, the solar gain has taken its toll on the poor home.  The bones are still a work of art.  Just be prepared to spend money on this trophy mid-century to bring it back to life and into an updated architectural dream home.  Just look at the beautiful walnut cabinets in the kitchen.  With a little love and care, you can get these babies back in business. 
This comes on top of the bidding war sure to happen.  As the listing states, "All offers due July 9th ONLY, by 12pm(noon)".  Please contact modern homes los angeles to view this home if interested in making an offer.  This mid-century modern home was published in the L.A. Times "Home", as well as in "Art and Architecture", 1961.  Off of the kitchen is family room.
The master bedroom is quietly and privately found with an adjoining deck.  Unfortunately, the master bathroom is in serious need for updating.  Interior and exterior deferred maintenance on this mid-century trophy home have to be considered.  Again, nothing is impossible, it just takes dollars. 
This 1960  mid-century is perched hillside surrounded by Acacia and Pine trees amongst lush landscaping.  An additional 500 square feet of outdoor decking allows extra areas to enjoy the city lights with friends.  

Listing and photos courtesy Rosemary Low, Sothebys.

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