The Murrow Residence

Westwood, CA


First Offering: The Richard B. Murrow Residence, 1938; design by Frederich & Jones with updates & addition by Caspar Ehmcke, F.A.I.A. Murrow, Chief Aerodynamicist for the Hughes 'Spruce Goose' project selected a gentle promontory view site West of U.C.L.A. to construct what has become today a rare and desirable example of the Moderne family residence. All the hallmarks of the style are here: graceful interior and exterior proportions, steel framed corner windows, restrained use of rounded corner walls, and fine craftsmanship reflected in the built-in cabinetry, elegant floating spiral stairway, and rich detail. Ehmcke's careful modifications enhance visual flow to the patio and pool area

Michel Tortel, Architect

Deconstructionist Contemporary Home, 2005

near Aix-en-Provence, FR


This genuine landscape-house with swimming pool is nested in greenery. Its geometric shape stems from the deconstructionist movement, along the same lines as the world-famous architect Zaha Hadid.

Up on the east side of the Mount Aurélien, it offers a panoramic view on the surrounding landscape while sheltering its residents of the Mistral wind. It is located at 20 minutes by car from Aix-en-Provence, 45 minutes from Marseille airport and 1h30 from Nice. There are stores and schools nearby. The house also enjoys many walking paths in enchanting settings.

Built on a 5600 m² plot, the house extends over a surface of 340 m². It includes on the ground floor a

James Delong, Architect

The Nowling Residence, 1962

La Habra Heights, CA


Arguably, Frank Lloyd Wright's early work was the genesis of California's celebrated open plan modern living. Apprentice and Taliesin Fellow James De Long embraces the tradition at the Nowling Residence. The entertainment living spaces are carefully defined by fine cabinetry and built-ins, but flow one to the other, and outdoors to the pool and gardens which are set in an old avocado grove. The home is sited for both privacy, and to afford panoramic views across the City to the Ocean. The beauty of the design is not just for show: wide eaves protect the interiors from the summer sun while allowing the low winter sun to warm the interiors. The master bedroom suite commands the

The Taggart House, 1922

Los Angeles, CA


The Taggart House, 1922. City of Los Angeles Historic Cultural Landmark #521. First offering since 1976. From its entry above on Live Oak Drive, the living space cascades to the dramatic 2-story living room with loft dining above, then out to the exotic gardens. City views are framed by the geometric-patterned leaded glass windows. Includes: 3 bedrooms, den, and 3 baths with Wrightian detailing throughout.

Jean-Claude Mazet, Architect

Villa Guardia

Conca, FR


A true architectural jewel, this organic villa was designed by architect Jean-Claude Mazet in 1974. Located on a hillside by the sea in south Corsica, it is about 15 minutes away from Port-Vecchio by car. The villa extends over 500 sq ft and unfolds with flowy and curvy spaces. It accommodates a beautiful circular living room with a round sitting room and chimney, a dining room, a mezzanine lounge and beautiful panoramic terraces.

A kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a garage complete the property. Located in a preserved 3.2-acre park that extends to the sea, the property has been landscaped by a botanist and is planted with numerous Mediterranean, African and

Raëd Skhiri

Contemporary House with Garden in the Vésinet

Le Vesinet, FR


Equipped with the latest technological innovations, this contemporary metallic house’s refined silhouette was inspired by the famous Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Located in the Vésinet, a few minutes away from the vast Lac des Ibis, the house extends over 1050 sq ft with a 525 sq ft basement. The first floor welcomes a beautiful cathedral living room extended by a terrace exposed south and west, an open fully-equipped kitchen and a reading space, sports room (convertible into two bedrooms) and a bathroom. The second floor accommodates the master suite with a large bedroom, a bathroom and a dressing room, in addition to two more bedrooms and a bathroom. The basement-level

Carl Koch, Architect

Zais Residence, 1957

Pleasentville, NY


Zais Residence, 1957. Expansion 1968 by Architect Morton Delson - SERENE LUXURY. Presenting a residence styled to celebrate the provocative essence of visual drama; a blend of modernistic and architectural interiors. This extraordinary property is distinguished by both superb aesthetic elements and exceptional value. The home flows with a sensual elegance; light, open, & quietly spectacular. A progression of glass offers serene greenscape, counted as one of the finest settings in Usonia. Meticulous attention to detail, with uncompromising quality, reflects a commitment to excellence by present original owners. 3 magnificent masonry brick fireplaces. Clean, architectural lines coexist with

Robert F. Gordon, Architect

Modern Living in Park-Like Setting

Altadena, CA


Architects: Robert F. Gordon, 1949, Tim Andersen, 1975, Fung and Blatt, 2004

An archaic overhead street signal suspended over the intersection marks Chaney Trail. A block up the trail the vast insensible City sprawl abruptly ends. Stress withers as one passes the old Nuccio's Nursery, turns on to the private drive, then into the residence parking area beneath mature oaks. Stepping out of the car the California ideal of living in nature begins anew.

Always complementing Gordon's early modernist vision of naturally integrating building with the site, the residence has organically evolved: Tim Andersen's new entry and living space has expanded entertaining

Stephen Hans Nuetzel, Architect

Hillside Modernist

Pasadena, CA


The wooded hillsides and decomposed granite outcroppings that define Pasadena's western border with LA are a playground for architect Stephen Hans Nuetzel. His contemporary work is informed by the distinct hillside topography, expansive views and rich architectural heritage of the area.

According to Mr. Nuetzel, this Modernist structure is a revision and expansion of the mid century house that occupied the beautiful down sloping hillside lot. The new design includes a state-of-the-art deep pile foundation expanding the existing lower level, a revamped floor plan with walls of glass, laminated beam ceilings and expansive decks. The modern kitchen opens to the living room

ObjeKt Design Studio

Nader Ghassemlou Residence, 2006

Signal Hill, CA


The Nader Ghassemlou Residence, 2006

With the late opening of a new view tract in historic Signal Hill, the residential park filled in rapidly with large popular style family houses. For his own residence Ghassemlou of ObjeKt Design Studio broke with the surrounding conformity, and built his residence, with a nod to the earlier industrial aesthetic, in the modern style of steel and glass allowing an enhanced lifestyle with more light, more air, and open space.

The hilltop site and prime corner lot affords City and Ocean views. Rigid frame steel construction not only allows flexible open plan interiors, but also accommodates a dramatic 85 foot uninterrupted