Q1 2021 Market Report

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A Beautiful California Modern 1950 Ranch in Linda Vista, Pasadena

This breathtaking custom-built California Casual Modern 1950 Ranch remained in one family until its current owners painstakingly renovated and reimagined it, while preserving its Linda Vista heritage.

Designed by acclaimed interiors firm A1000xBetter, the home holds a special place near the edge of the Arroyo above the iconic Rose Bowl. The peaceful natural setting, serene home and scenic mountain surround are just a few reasons this stunning retreat oozes Ojai vibes.

An open concept kitchen, dining and living area with herringbone oak flooring and casement windows and doors flow to a covered back porch and landscaped garden with multiple fruit trees beyond.

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An Acclaimed Architect’s Former Home—in All Its 1980s Splendor—Seeks $1.9M Near L.A.

By Kathryn M.

Built into a steep and forested hillside, the striking residence designed by Harold J. Bissner Jr. features dramatic cathedral ceilings and a Japanese-inspired penthouse sunroom.

In 1981, the acclaimed architect Harold J. Bissner Jr. designed and built his personal dwelling in South Pasadena, California. The site was particularly meaningful to Bissner Jr., who was born in the area in 1925. The distinguished Bissner House served as the late architect’s home for the last nearly four decades of his life. Now, the five-level residence—which is located less than 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles— is on the market.

To accommodate the sheer slope of the lot, Bissner Jr. designed the residence to rest upon 23 wood piers, which allowed the hillside to remain largely untouched during the construction. The 1981 home features a bold exterior with shed-style roofs, diagonal redwood siding, pipe chimneys, and angular glass windows. Its monochromatic and earth-toned facade evokes the popular modernist palette.
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Actress Kirstie Alley unloads Los Feliz Villa for $7.8 million

By Jack Flemming

“Cheers” star Kirstie Alley finally has something to celebrate in Los Feliz, where she sold her Italianate villa of two decades for $7.8 million.

The deal wraps up a years-long effort for the actress of “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Veronica’s Closet” fame. Records show she first sought about $12 million for the property in 2018 and trimmed the price three more times over the years before finding a buyer.

Even a few million down from her original goal, she’s still walking away with a profit of nearly $5 million after paying $3 million for the home in 2000.

Juan Longfellow and Louise Leach of Deasy Penner Podley held the listing. Daria Greenbaum of Compass represented the buyer.

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Kirsten Blazek Remakes The American Ranch House

By Philip Ferrato

The “Ranch” is so ubiquitous a form of housing that we sometimes forget how radical they were, transforming the landscape in the post-WWII era with endless one-story homes. There are the classic Eichlers and Cliff Mays, which introduced one-story Tract Modernism to America, but there’s another species that evolved alongside them with a political edge. These were ranch style homes that evolved from a distinctly hybrid Californian way of building, transplanted here by East Coast ship’s carpenters during the Gold Rush. It’s what we see in the classic Marin Cottage and for the more prosperous, elevated by the designer Frances Elkins into “Monterey Colonial, taking cues from the mix of East Coast traditions, Spanish ranchos and vernacular farm buildings. And politically, a design choice for home builders whose buyers  wanted to avoid the corrupt  “European” influences that had invaded architecture and design– and uniquely American.

Seen now as somewhat generic, these traditional houses have been mostly ignored in the re-appreciation  of Mid-Century Modern, but many of them are solid, spacious houses that in the right hands, provide settings for deeply personal and eclectic places to live. That’s exactly what designer Kirsten Blazek, the founder and creative director of A 1000X Better did in her c1950 Pasadena home, with the sense of style that has made her firm so sought-after for interiors and staging. Originally trained as a nurse, Blazek gave up medicine for design, and after a stint at House of Honey, she moved into staging for realtors and developers, which led to interiors for private clients.

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