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Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA

Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA
Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA

This place is pretty amazing. It’s also the 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA
Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA

Well, most of it is anyway. That’s because two architects have also left their mark on it over subsequent years.

Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA
Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA

According to the agent, this place (amazingly) dates back to 1946. The work of architect Rudolph Schindler, it was originally designed for artist Mischa Kallis as a home and an art studio.

Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA
Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA

In 1960, Kallis sold the property to his cousin Jacqueline (a concert pianist) and her husband William Sharlin. Both loved entertaining and had a ‘growing family’, which resulted in the commissioning of Schindler’s associate Josef Van der Kar to ‘ingeniously’ convert an open patio between the main living area and art studio into an entertainment/family room.

Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA
Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA

Fast forward a little later and the owners hired architect Leroy Miller to convert the art studio to a new master bedroom and bathroom. That’s the layout you have today, described as a ‘fully resolved work of architecture’ and certainly not a house that looks to have been reworked on two occasions.

Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA
Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA

Indeed, the design is now the City of Los Angeles Cultural Historic Monument #860, which is testament to all involved in it over the years.

Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA
Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA

Regardless of its history, this is quite a place inside and out too. The angular architecture of the exterior really does catch your eye instantly. Bold now, no doubt groundbreaking back in the mid-1940s.

Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA
Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA

Once inside and the ‘wow’ factor continues pretty much throughout the house. The glazing frames some amazing views of the city, while the beams and the exposed stonework, including the fireplaces, add in some midcentury cool. Nice to see those angles still at work inside too, which just make the whole layout more interesting and attractive.

Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA
Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA

So many amazing fixtures and fittings in here too. We can only assume a good number of these are original. If not, someone has really gone the extra mile to recreate the past. We suspect the former. The built-in units in particular are incredibly practical and stylish.

Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA
Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA

The layout gives 2,873 sq. ft. of space, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with a substantial living room, study / office, breakfast area / kitchen, dining area and family room over two levels. There’s also a garage and what looks like a detached space too, which could be anything from a shed to a studio. if it is a shed, it’s probably the most hip shed we’ve ever encountered. But more likely, this is some far more grand.

$2,595,000 if you want this as your next home.

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Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA
Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA
Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA
Historic midcentury: 1940s Rudolph Schindler-designed Kallis-Sharlin Residence in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, California, USA

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  • Barney Nowicki

    EXACTLY like the title of one of your (and our) most beloved TV series of ALL time, this place is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! How incredibly sculptural, unique, artistic, chic and “modern” it is! I’d take this over a 10 million dollar, contemporary, new shopping-mall-pitifully-masquerading-as-a-new-luxury-home there in L.A. anyday!!!