New home pays homage to Greene & Greene

The design of the newly built Craftsman in Long Beach was heavily influenced by Greene & Greene. (Steven Weaver) — To say Steve Weaver is a Greene & Greene fan is an understatement. His two-story Craftsman in the Belmont Park neighborhood of Long Beach is a hybrid of classic Arts and Crafts styling and modern function. Portions look like they are [...]

By |2020-05-05T00:53:38-07:00August 14th, 2011|Real Estate|

Contemporary craftsmanship in Escondido

The house, designed by Norm Applebaum, has three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 3,864 square feet. (Jenni Young) — Eileen and Carlton Appleby opened their Escondido home to a group of architects and designers in 1984 as a place to judge entries for the city's Civic Center design competition. One of the judges, Michael John Pittas, who at the time was [...]

By |2020-05-05T00:54:52-07:00July 24th, 2011|Real Estate|

A Laguna Beach mansion without the mass

The Laguna Beach contemporary is stepped and set back to reduce the appearance of mass. (Vincent Ivicevic) — Cut into a steep hillside, this contemporary home in north Laguna Beach reflects the changes the city made to its municipal code in 2002, commonly known as the "mansionization ordinance," to reduce the appearance of mass from the growing number of stacked [...]

By |2020-05-05T00:55:35-07:00May 8th, 2011|Real Estate|

The historic Sowden House in Los Feliz

Agave, flax and birds of paradise flank the steps leading up to the original copper gates, which have a water-and-leaf design. (Michael McNamara) — Nearly a decade after he purchased Lloyd Wright's 1926 Sowden House and pumped more than $2 million into the historical property, designer Xorin Balbes has put the Mayan Revival on the market. The thickly ornamented, steel-reinforced [...]

By |2020-05-05T01:03:07-07:00March 13th, 2011|Real Estate|

In Carlsbad, keeping a modernist vision intact — On a cul-de-sac overlooking the second hole of La Costa's North Course, a late-1970s International-style home has been extensively remodeled with an eye for detail and a seven-figure outlay. From the outside, the flat roof, cubic shapes, pure white exterior and series of tinted black-framed clerestory windows give the home a suspended-in-time appearance. Donald Cromley [...]

By |2020-09-04T00:38:59-07:00January 2nd, 2011|Real Estate|

A castle in the sand at Laguna Beach — The 62-room mansion was converted into rental units long ago. Some renters have lived there for decades. Pyne Castle, Walter Estel Pyne's Normandy Revival creation one mile north of downtown Laguna Beach, is on the market for the first time in 40 years. An eccentric and frugal entrepreneur, Pyne sold player-pianos through his Santa Ana franchise, but it was the discovery [...]

By |2018-09-28T20:51:53-07:00November 20th, 2010|Real Estate|

A gathering place in Santa Ana — The late-1920s Emison-Georgieff house has had some illustrious visitors. The Spanish Colonial Revival structure is also a regular stop on the Floral Park neighborhood's home and garden tour. Historical homes in Santa Ana’s quiet Floral Park neighborhood don’t generally carry a “party central” reputation, but this Spanish Colonial Revival has been the site of numerous political fundraisers, weddings and receptions. The guest [...]

By |2018-09-28T20:51:53-07:00October 10th, 2010|Real Estate|

Chateau on Lake Arrowhead

This 11,000-square-foot Lake Arrowhead estate, completed in 2007, was designed to look as though it had been standing for a century. (Everett Fenton Gidley) — Glen and Linda Keane felt guilty about tearing down the O'Melveny family home. After all, John O'Melveny was part of a group of Los Angeles businessmen who formed Lake Arrowhead Co. in the 1920s and [...]

By |2020-05-05T01:06:34-07:00September 5th, 2010|Real Estate|

Hollywood remake in Laguna — Since the early 1900s, Laguna Beach real estate has been a magnet for Hollywood types, including writer, director and producer Edward H. Griffith who made more than 50 films from 1917 to 1946. A section of his old estate is on the market in the private community of lower Three Arch Bay. After years of neglect, the main house and a [...]

By |2018-09-28T20:51:53-07:00August 1st, 2010|Real Estate|

Minimalist by design in Costa Mesa

Strips of sod break up pads of black concrete leading to the frosted-glass garage door. (Andrew Bramasco) — This two-story contemporary with a minimalist design stands out from the older single-family homes along Irvine Avenue on the eastern edge of Costa Mesa. Instead of one massive piece of poured-in concrete in the driveway, stripes of sod break up 4-by-5-foot pads [...]

By |2020-05-05T01:07:02-07:00June 13th, 2010|Real Estate|
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