A well-preserved period piece, this 1960s Stebel House by Harry Gesner in Los Angeles, California, USA is up for sale.
This is also a ridiculous piece of architecture, the kind of thing that only the 1960s could produce. 1961 to be precise.
As I said, this X-frame house has everything going for it, not least the original 1960s details. has it ever ben updated? I honestly don’t think it has. Not least because the house has never previously been offered for sale.
A party house and more, this LA pad sits in the ‘idyllic’ lower Mandeville Canyon, with walls of glass taking in the surrounding landscape. Not that I would be desperate to go outside if I owned this one. I’d be too busy admiring the detail and the scale of the house within.
Cathedral-like in places, which is down to its huge vaulted ceilings and very much at one with nature. The reception breaks down the barrier between outside and inside space with all of that glazing and a piece of the land inside too.
Elsewhere, the ceilings and the bold angles continue, while the wood and some interesting glazing is dominant. Yes, there are some functional areas, such as the kitchen, the bathrooms and the office space. But overall, this is big, bold and brash.
But this isn’t just about the architecture. For me, the details make this one. There are so many original touches still in place and hopefully, will stay in place, whoever picks this one up.
I could go on at length about those details. But instead, I’ll pick out a few of the best. The rest should be pretty evident from the images both here and on the agent’s website.
In the main reception, there’s a conversation pit. When it comes to midcentury modern houses, that’s the detail almost everyone wants to see. But there is some tough competition for it here.
As I said, the glazing and the beams. But also, the brick fireplace, the feature coloured glass, the original built-in bar (and music booth), the original kitchen units, a wood-clad dining room, a curved staircase, built-in bookcases and the original 1960s bathroom are just some examples. You would struggle to find so many in the one house anytime soon.
A good amount of living space too, covering something like 2,726 sq. ft. in total and what looks like a good amount of outside space too. Something like half an acre.
There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms, the former including a dramatic master bedroom suite with all of that lovely book storage.
The two-level house also has that striking reception, which is the hub of the house, a kitchen, a dining room, large outside patio and more. Quite literally, as this house also comes with its own guest apartment with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and office. That space is described as flexible, so likely it could be tweaked to your own needs.
The pictures tell the story more than I ever could, so do check them out to see if this is the one for you. If it is, you will need to find something in the region of $1,997,000.
Images and details courtesy of Zillow. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.