Upon first arriving at 1095 North Kenter Avenue, the 1958 Smith House designed by Craig Ellwood, the Los Angeles mid-century architect of Los Angeles mid-century architects, recently restored by James Tyler FAIA, an Ellwood Associate, you are first struck by the juxtaposition of this industrial monolith, complete with twin carports that claw the home onto the cliffside, with bucolic Brentwood and its hedged, windy lanes. This home invites all to gaze upon it, yet only the chosen few are fortunate enough to experience its peerless interiors, a true time capsule back to 1958 and the wonders of the Atomic Age.
In their sparseness, the interiors of this home convey a joyful maximalism, a maximalism that enjoys the interplay of light, air, volume, and ideas—intangible ideas that imbue this home with an ethereal calmness and tranquility, all with an exceedingly handsome provenance.
The Goldilocks-sized bedrooms and bathrooms reflect the California midcentury aesthetic in their continued use of brick, metal, light hardwoods, and clean simple lines, recalling the interiors of the Southern California public schools in the 1990s and early 2000s—utilitarian chic.
The interior terraces and outdoor spaces allow you to explore the elaborate trusses and feats of engineering that allow this house to command a unique view from Brentwood to the deep blue Pacific Ocean.
The floor plan reveals how true a “T” the home is, how its pressed right up against the street, just a car’s length separating it from the curb, and the easy, breezy openness of the living arrangements: a bedroom and bath to the left, a bedroom and bath to the right, and a open concept living room, dining room, kitchen straight ahead, a glass box floating above the hillside.
1095 North Kenter Avenue, a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,550 square foot home located on a steep 9,648 square foot lot, is currently listed by Chellee Cassels of Deasy Penner & Partners for $2,695,000.
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