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1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California

1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California
1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California

A time capsule with a dance studio? That pretty much sums up this 1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California.

1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California
1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California

 

The main house actually dates back to 1959, with little seemingly changed over the decades. Well, with one significant exception.

1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California
1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California

 

The house was designed by Newell Taylor Reynolds an architect with Welton Becket and Associates, with the design constructed for himself and his wife, dancer and choreographer Bella Lewitzky. The dancing part is significant because a considerable dance studio was added later and is still present.

1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California
1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California

 

An interesting spot too, with the house sitting high on a hill with ‘dramatic head-on views’ of Universal Studios and plenty around and beyond. Stand on that balcony and take in the city.

1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California
1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California

 

But before you do that, take in the architecture on offer here. As I said, quite a time capsule and packed with period detail. But it does require a lot of work to bring it back to its best.

1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California
1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury house in Los Angeles, California

 

If you want to take this one, there are a number of details you really want to preserve here. The architecture itself of course, which is a statement of the era. Yes, it needs freshening up, but this is still quite a design.

1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California
1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury house in Los Angeles, California

 

Once inside, the frame of this one looks pretty special too. Those beams, the wood panelling and the full-height windows, for example.

1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California
1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury house in Los Angeles, California

 

But look beyond that and you will see that amazing period fireplace, lot of original lighting, the original kitchen and kitchen cabinetry and some other built-in units elsewhere. Saying that I think the overall design still needs a complete makeover.

1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California
1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury house in Los Angeles, California

 

For some of the house that should just be a case of freshening up all of those period details. In other parts of the house, more renovations will be needed to bring the house back to its best. Some updating might have been undertaken here and there, but a good part of the house really needs a lift.

1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California
1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury house in Los Angeles, California

 

There is also another issue to consider. What do you do with a large dance studio? If you are a dance teacher, you move in and use it. But for the vast majority of us, this is just excess space to be converted for another use.

1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California
1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury house in Los Angeles, California

 

You might well need an architect to rethink what is a considerable amount of the floor space unless you have a strong idea of what to do with a large, open space with adjoining office.

1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California
1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury house in Los Angeles, California

 

In fact, the dance studio isn’t the only space that needs a rethink. The floorplan shows a lower level with two large studio spaces, as well as a garage and a couple of bathrooms.

1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California
1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury house in Los Angeles, California

 

Head up the period staircase and you get to the main accommodation, which includes the living room with balcony access and behind that, the dining area and the original kitchen.

1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California
1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury house in Los Angeles, California

 

Across the way is a hallway leading to three bedrooms and two further bathrooms. Note that all the bathrooms look like they need an update. To the other side of the reception space is that office, along with the huge dance studio.

1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California
1950s Newell Taylor Reynolds midcentury house in Los Angeles, California

 

So much potential here if you have the money to invest. Initially, that is $1,100,000, with the renovations likely to push things up much more.

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