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Hoping for suggestions of MCM neighborhoods in the LA area

Postby sparklegem » Sat May 26, 2007 8:03 pm

I have been researching the boards to find neighborhoods to browse while deciding where we might like to purchase a home. We live in a condo in Santa Monica that we will be ready to sell soon and would like to purchase a MCM house. We just moved from Portland a year ago; so we do not know our way around or all the neighborhoods. My daughter has eight more years at a Waldorf school in Northridge so that has us leaning towards the Valley, although we are little worried about the heat (is it that bad?). I have looked at the Eichler tracts in Balboa Highlands and Thousand Oaks and love both. I checked out the Modernique homes in Mar Vista which were fun to see. I don't know much about the Valley but did read a super thread about Woodland West and plan to go to look around next week. I also have been looking a bit in Altedena and really like the area but I am unsure where I should be looking.

Does anyone have suggestions of areas that have nice pockets of MCM houses? My dream house would be as close to original as posible.

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Postby sparklegem » Sun May 27, 2007 7:31 am

I am still researching away and have come up with a few more questions.

I guess the first one is, am I posting in the right forum? If I am not, could someone please re-direct me?

Some old posts have listed recommend realtors but the posts were about five years old. Does anyone have a more current list or have someone that they suggest?

I have come across information on the Sunshine Canyon Landfill and wondered how this is effecting the Balboa Highlands Eichler neighborhood.

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Postby scowsa » Sun May 27, 2007 11:11 am

I suspect that the limited answers are indicative of a holiday weekend.

I don't know the Valley well (and yes it would be too hot for me) but one realtor who knows that area is
and their partners regularly post to this board.

Another, who posts a wide range of SoCal properties is

Note that both these companies consolidate and post appropriate modern homes and not just those listed with them.

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Postby Luka » Sun May 27, 2007 5:32 pm

Hi there -

I'm born and raised Angeleno so maybe I can help you a bit. I find that every neighborhood has at least one or two mid-century houses tucked away but there are well known tracts/areas. Granada Hills is chock full, not just Eichlers but all types of less extreme ranch houses are found in Knollwood and other portions of the enclave. Northridge also has some beautiful mid-century homes, particularly the area north of the Northridge Mall (Lassen & Tampa area). Woodland Hills has a tremendous tract of homes that runs from the El Camino school district (think Burbank & Shoup) up south of the blvd. Sherman Oaks & Studio City also have great tracts, in Studio City area would be the "Dorina" streets off of Laurel Canyon (south of the blvd, east of Laurel). Reseda is also well known for a "Jetsons" style tract. Burbank has many mid-century bungalows.

I think the deciding factor comes down to price. Reseda would be the low end, houses in the 500's, to the high end south of the blvd homes, 1 million +.

Yes, it's hot. Figure in the summer there will be at least a few weeks 100+. Woodland Hills is the hottest in the valley. I can tell you as a person who recently moved from Studio City to Granada Hills, it's quiet up here. Lots of families.

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Postby sparklegem » Sun May 27, 2007 6:50 pm

Thank you, Scowsa, for the tips to the realtors. I have looked at Valley Modern website and wondered if they were recommended by the Lotta Livinites. It is always great to get a recommendation. I will definitely look at the Unique Ca Properties pages, too.

Luka, thank you so much for all the great information. I can't wait to get out there and start exploring!

Is it it quiter in Granada Hills then Studio City? Are you concerned about the landfill? I saw the mention of it on the Balboa Highlands website, did some research and it really has me worried.

What do you think of Altadena?

Very Best,
Gem

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Postby sparklegem » Sun May 27, 2007 9:37 pm

Luka- Where are the Dorina streets in Studio City? I have been looking on Mapquest and can not seem to find them. Oops- is it called Dorina, or something else?

Thanks!
Gem

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Altadena - Park Planned Homes

Postby MikeHatfield » Sun May 27, 2007 11:21 pm

Check out Park Planned Homes in Altadena.

http://www.lottaliving.com/gallery/main ... emId=10254
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Postby sparklegem » Mon May 28, 2007 5:32 am

Thank you; where are the homes?

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Postby sparklegem » Mon May 28, 2007 7:39 pm

Thank you so much for all the great advice!! I will try to find all the neighborhoods this week and contact Valley Modern, too.

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Postby sparklegem » Tue May 29, 2007 8:24 am

Thank you for your help, Modfan!

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Postby streinen » Tue May 29, 2007 12:47 pm

Most of the Woodland West homes are in zip code 91367. The first phase of the development, known simply as "Woodland" and sometimes referenced as Woodland South, is in zip code 91364. I would try containing your search to those 2 zip codes and see how it goes. If I see any houses around the neighborhood that are for sale but not listed on realtor.com, I'll drop you a line. It's difficult to identify the boundaries of the neighborhood--it's a series of starts and stops. If you exit the freeway at Mulholland/Valley Circle, go north (right) and you'll find WW's in the neighborhoods on both sides of the boulevard, as far north as Victory Boulevard. If you go to the south side of the freeway, you will find pockets of the houses on both the east and west sides of Mulholland.

There is one house that I can't figure out. It's a beautiful butterfly roof model that is very reminiscent of a P&K Alexander, on the corner of Dubois and Mariano. The house is boarded up and has been vacant for several years, but does not appear to be fire-damaged or structurally unsound. The grounds are blessed with some huge, mature date palms and other large trees. Not sure why a property like that would be left to sit and rot, but if someone resurrected it, they would have one of the coolest houses in the neighborhood--it is certainly one of the most interesting rooflines available. There are only 2-3 like it in the entire development. I'm guessing something must be seriously wrong with it, but if you're in the area checking out open houses, it's worth a look just to see the roofline!

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Postby sparklegem » Wed May 30, 2007 7:02 am

Thank you so much for the zip tips! I went to check out one of the homes yesterday and drove around a bit. I did not have much time browse and did not know where I was going, but I like the neighborhood. I think that I will try to head over again today, with more of a plan. I definitely want to check out the boarded up house. Thank you for all you help!

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Postby sparklegem » Wed May 30, 2007 10:38 am

OK, I am now try to search out all these great places that have been posted. I need a lttile help finding my way...

Modfan mentioned a tract near the country club in Tarzana. Is that the El Caballero Country Club? If I find the country club, where is it in relation to the club?

Where would I find the Reseda "Jetsons" style tract?

Where are the Park Planned Homes in Altadena?

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Postby Luka » Wed May 30, 2007 3:23 pm

Hi again - Here's a recent thread that covers the Reseda tract with a house that was(is?) for sale:


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Postby modfan » Thu May 31, 2007 6:20 am

it's Caballero Country Club but my memory fades I have a vague pic of them being near a utility right of way but not right next to it. It was a small tract perhaps only one or 2 blocks.

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Postby streinen » Thu May 31, 2007 7:50 am

I drove through the Caballero neighborhood for the first time yesterday on my way home from work. There is little doubt in my mind that this tract (name?) is a close cousin to Woodland West. If I had to guess, I would say that they shared the same architect (Charles DuBois) and developer (Don Ja Ran/Peerless Building Corp). The floorplans appear to be different, but the rooflines, finishing materials and front patio layouts are too similar to be coincidence. According to Zillow, the tract was built in 1963, which would be comtemporaneous with some of the later phases of Woodland West (the parts farther north on Valley Circle).

I echo Perks' admiration for the Corbin Palms tract and the Northridge Alexanders. Great houses in both of those neighborhoods.

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Postby ValleyModern » Thu May 31, 2007 2:28 pm

Those Northridge Alexander homes, designed by Palmer & Krisel, were called the "Living Conditioned Homes." Indeed, good ones are very rare to the market.
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Postby nichols » Thu May 31, 2007 3:04 pm

Hi Sparkle, We met at a modcom meeting a few months ago. Good luck finding something you love.

How great to see Luka mention Janes Village.. That's where I live!

Here's my two cents on Altadena:
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8944

The 210 and the 2 are almost always empty - quick and easy ways to get around.
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Re: re: Northridge Alexander Homes

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Andy Perkins, Broker/Owner


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Postby sparklegem » Thu May 31, 2007 4:34 pm

Thank you so much everyone!! I am just back from visitng the "Living Condition Homes" in Northrige. Truly amazing!!!

I am making my list and trying to map everything. I have some neighborhoods that were mentioned but I do not know how to find them. Could any one please give me streets or an address to find the following:

-Modfan mentioned a small tract in Granada Hills

-and in Tarzana, near the country club

- Balboa Highlands

- Knollwood

- Laurelwood in Studio City

-Sherman Oaks

-Encino

-Dona Streets

-Laurel Canyon

-Nichols Canyon

Also need a little help with Altadena. Any suggestions of where to look there? I am not sure how to find Jane's Village and the Park Planned Homes.

Thank you so much in advance!!!

Chris!!! So great to hear from you!! I would love to find out more about Altadena from you. I pm'd you. Please feel free to call me or email.
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