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Los Angeles | $ 2.55 million
A mid-century modern apartment complex with three units and a total of six bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, on a 5,515 square foot lot
Craig Ellwood – a self-taught architect who broke into the big leagues when he was commissioned to design three case study homes – completed this Hollywood wood, steel and glass complex in 1953, for Roy Maypole, a television news broadcaster. Known as Courtyard Apartments, the establishment was from the start designed as multi-family accommodation and won first prize in the collective housing category at the architecture competition of the São Paulo Art Biennale in 1954. In 2015, it was designated a historical and cultural monument of Los Angeles.
The resort is located in downtown Hollywood, two blocks north of Sunset Boulevard and the historic studio production lots that still operate there. The Hollywood Freeway is half a mile to the east, and the Hollywood and Vine subway station is roughly the same distance to the northwest. Two of the three units are currently rented.
Cut: 3360 square feet (combined)
Price per square foot: $ 759
Inside: Mr. Ellwood designed the complex as a cube divided into four two-story units, each with two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a private enclosed courtyard leading to the living room through a sliding glass door entrance. At one point the back-to-back units A and B were combined, and in 2010 this double unit was renovated by its then tenants, a couple of architects, into a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half. residence with bathroom with den, family room and back garden.
The double unit retains many of Mr. Ellwood’s original design moves: concrete floors, wood ceilings, exposed brickwork, steel beams, floating steps leading up to the stairs that connect the main and upper levels, and open living room fireplaces. with low brick fireplaces. and floating hoods in stainless steel.
But while the two single units (C and D) have the original pocket kitchens – with minimal counter space and overhead cabinets with black and white laminate sliding doors – the remodeled kitchen in the double unit. includes a long U-shaped cabinet with a marble countertop. In the adjoining apartment, the kitchen has been removed from what is now the family room, but the fireplace remains. Upstairs, where the floor is cork, the landing has been transformed into a boudoir and the bedrooms occupy each end, with two bathrooms and a closet with a utility room between them.
In the living room of Unit C, the interior wood siding has been painted red, but the brick has been left in its natural state. In Unit D, the brick is painted white and the accent color is blue.