Los Angeles, home of Tinseltown and, arguably, the contemporary modern farmhouse fad, a proverbial Eden, a paradise where anything can grow and anything can happen anytime, anywhere; and it was here that pragmatic Yanks brought their Eastern styles, designs, and temperaments to create a new synthesis of form and function, an amalgamation that continues to intrigue and capture the eye to this very day.
Located in real estate-frenzied Brentwood Park, 330 North Cliffwood Avenue, a 7 bedroom, 9 bathroom, 9,490 square foot home located within an approximately 16,600 square foot lot, is a prime example of traditional building techniques comingling and enhanced by contemporary eyes and tastes, or so we like to think. The rooms, all graciously sized and windowed, are all light and airy, easily allowing communication and interaction between the large rooms. This home’s bones allow for an intimate personalization with, hopefully, an A-list interior designer or aesthetically gifted individual.
Evoking the Greek Revival-style farmhouses of the prairie, such as this one here in Old House Online, and designed by architect Marc Rueter, Santa Monica’s 2332 31st Street, a rare 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom, 3,887 square foot home located on a 9,019 square foot lot within the Sunset Park neighborhood, lives life spread across a single story—a renewal of the California dream of yesteryear, a life of simple, deliberate living. The home, though quite boxy in size, allows a surprising amount of light and air into the interior rooms through the sheer size and number of windows and doors overlooking the side yards; and, yet, privacy has been well accounted for with generous hedging provided, a feature which will only improve with age. The spacious interiors and exterior garden yearn for personalization—I see something with exposed, board pressed concrete, citrus trees and red geraniums in terra cotta, an intimate, raised, infinity edge jacuzzi in deep blue, and pea gravel with a backdrop of hedged toyon and lemonade berry.
1461 South Castello Avenue, a 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom, 4,565 square foot “fresh Contemporary Farm House” located on a 9,102 square foot lot, graces the streets of the Beverlywood neighborhood, allowing you to enjoy everything from Century City to Pico/Robertson within mere moments. The old school metals, finishes, and paneling glaze over a contemporary floor plan, a floor plan that would seem familiar to many a Los Angeles modern farmhouse owner. And, yet, the schoolhouse-style interiors develop a truly bespoke and elevated country air within the home.
4435 & 4439 Lindblade Drive, two modern farmhouses created out of a subdivided lot, mirror each other in blue and white—a set of Delft china screened by a white picket fence and pepper trees. The homes, each 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom, and roughly 3,100 square feet, pair straightforward, easy-going floorplans with substantial, luxurious materials so as to bring an elevated country air to those at every price point.
Pacific Palisades’ 365 North Las Casas Ave, a 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom, 3,764 square foot home located on a 5,890 square foot lot, provides further evidence of the “LA Modern Farmhouse Floor Plan,” this time in even lighter shades of white, yet employing one of the most breathtaking kitchens I’ve seen to date in any home, spec, custom, you name it.