Archive for April 2021

Case Study Homes

April 12th, 2021

One of the most notable architectural periods in Los Angeles derived in the 1960s from mid century modern design. Made famous by architects such as A. Quincy Jones, Richard Neutra, Charles Eames and others, case study homes were experiments in American residential architecture sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine. The aim was to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the United States residential housing boom caused by the end of World War II and the return of millions of soldiers back to the U.S. (Source).


You can find many of these homes in Brentwood’s Crestwood Hills neighborhood. The area is home to the biggest community of these architecturally preserved landmarks, designed by architects A. Quincy Jones, Whitney R. Smith, Richard Neutra, and Craig Ellwood.


In Hollywood Hills, the Stahl House designed by Pierre Koenig located at 1635 Woods Drive can be visited through an arranged tour. The house is notable for its stunning Los Angeles skyline views, floor to ceiling glass walls and has been featured in numerous films, tv shows and magazines. In 1999, the Stahl House (also known as Case Study House #22) was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, meaning it is worthy of preservation based on architectural, historic and cultural criteria. I have had the pleasure of a tour of the Stahl house with Eleanor Schrader and am pleased to share photos that I took.


The Eames House in Pacific Palisades was designed by Charles and Ray Eames and is another home that visitors can view on a tour. Case Study House #8 is located at 203 North Chautauqua Boulevard. It was constructed in 1949, by husband-and-wife design pioneers Charles and Ray Eames, to serve as their home and studio. (Source). The home is known for its open floor plan layout and floor to ceiling glass windows which was a novelty at the time. 

A total of 36 houses and apartment buildings were commissioned; a couple dozen were built, and about 20 still stand in the greater Los Angeles area. Eleven were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. You can find a guide to all the houses here.

New Restaurant Openings 🌷The Best Hikes in LA and more to know this week ☀️

April 4th, 2021

Sending you warm wishes for a glorious Spring. Enjoy the warmer days everyone! Read on for everything you should do this month and discover lifestyle tips curated just for you.

Real Estate in the News

What Will Real Estate Look Like In 2021? 

Chances are, you, or someone you know, has bought or sold a house in the last 10 months. No matter if you are moving across the street or across the country, it’s all part of a record-setting real estate boom. Triggered by job and financial changes, the push to stay at home, and low-interest rates – the real estate boom is far from over. Here are three key home buying trends to look for in 2021. Learn more by Forbes.

Local Events

A Michelin-Level Japanese Restaurant Is Stacking Talent in Brentwood

The incoming Imari will feature Shibumi’s David Schlosser and a host of other known names for an upscale menu of very traditional Japanese cuisine. Read more here.

50 Best Hikes in LA

 If Mother Nature made a to-do list in LA, this might be it. These 50+ hikes capture all that Southern California has to offer. Read more here.

Breezy Mediterranean Rooftop Restaurant Opens at Iconic Beverly Hills Hilton

Patio dining season has fallen upon Los Angeles, as the weather begins to warm and coronavirus cases continue to fall across the state. Enter Sant’olina, a new Mediterranean-leaning restaurant situated atop the iconic Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read More at Eater LA

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

Early to List, Early to Sell. Give Your Home the Head start it Deserves

With Compass Coming Soon, you can give a curated audience of potential buyers an early look at your property. With ample time to prepare, we can gather valuable feedback to drive demand and generate buzz prior to going live. Interested in learning more? Click here to learn more

24 Stunning Outdoor Kitchen Ideas for Dining Alfresco All Summer Long

Maximizing our outdoor spaces has never felt so important, and Veranda’s on the lookout for fresh ways to make our patios, backyards, terraces, and balconies as functional as possible. One of the best ways to make the most of your outdoor space is equipping it with a kitchen, whether that’s just a grill and sink or a state-of-the-art culinary masterpiece. Courtesy of Veranda.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Family-Friendly Design

Are you looking for ways to design your home to make it friendlier and safer for kids? HGTV has some do’s and don’ts for decorating a home with a family in mind. Courtesy of HGTV
12 Essential Spring Gardening Tips

Gardening should add joy-not stress-to your life, Martha Stewart has come up with some tasks to get you reacquainted with your outdoor space. Spring is a fabulous time to assess damage from winter, fix tools, fill in holes in the landscape, tend to your lawn, perform essential pruning, make new beds, and more. Courtesy of Martha Stewart.