1420 El Mirador Avenue

If you happen to be a middle-age, homosexual English Literature professor at the local university, this is your chance to live out your A Single Man fantasy— a magnificent Tom Ford curated midcentury modern lifestyle complete with cathedral ceilings, walls of plate glass, and vanishing thresholds between interior and out. Luckily, California State University, Long Beach is located moments away from this home, realizing even the most intimate minutiae of the lifestyle this home represents and desires. Life in a glass house never had so much potential.

From the street, the home is shielded from view by thickets of lush, shiny green leaves, a landscape brimming with tropical 1960s optimism and panache—I can see men in camp collar shirts and ban-lon polos clinking etched glassware well past midnight, the lights of the house twinkling through the verdant leaves, fronds, and branches to the exterior.

The large, creamy vacant spaces call out for imaginative flourishes ranging from sunburst mirrors to thick crystal bowls—my favorite spaces are always vacant, allowing me to project my dreams and desires directly onto the spaces without any interference. It is almost a shame to personalize the space for you lose the magical empty air, almost, for personalization is the pinnacle of style and design.

Along with these massive living spaces, another favorite room of mine is the sole featured bathroom, which features cool blue tiles and a sunken shower that overlooks its own secluded walled garden—this space truly transports you back to the days of Lucky Strikes and luxurious Lincoln Continentals!

The rear landscape design of the home mirrors the entry design of the home: a vast green lawn is bounded by multitudes of towering sycamore, pine, and eucalyptus trees, mature citrus, and dense underbrush. Directly outside the home, and acting as an intermediary zone, a pebbled terrace offering a sunken conversation area and firepit provide a multi-use exterior entertaining venue from which to enjoy the fabulous coastal climate and on-shore breezes from the privacy of your hedged and sheltered glass home.

Once you have acquired this time capsule of a residence, the new owner will delight in their ability to renovate and personalize this house, originally designed in 1960 by Power & Daniel, into the midcentury showpiece of the Estate section of Long Beach’s Park Estates. I would draw my inspiration for the future design of the home from Marmol Radziner’s new custom as well as  their sympathetic renovations of historic homes as they incorporate both vintage details with contemporary spatial and technological preferences. And, without a doubt, a long, lean, rectangular blue, blue pool surrounded by vibrant greenery and twisting tree trunks would be the new centerpiece of the backyard.

1420 El Mirador Avenue is a 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 3,500 square foot home located on a 28,668 square foot lot that is currently listed courtesy of Krista Faber-Vento and Carolyn Faber of Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance for $2,695,000.

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