Luxury living redefined. This site of masterful contemporary architecture was designed by Bradley Bayou. Every detail of this property is sophisticated and of unparalleled craftsmanship. The indoor/outdoor living has been optimized with retractable glass walls framing city views and an infinity pool and spa.
Before Mayor Eric Garcetti's move to the official mayoral house in Hancock Park, he and wife Amy Wakeland lived in a contemporary house in Silver Lake (now sold to a guy from the band M83), and before that, they lived in this hillside Echo Park house, which they've been renting out since 2011. But now, says the Wall Street Journal, they're ready to let that Echo Park house go for real, putting it up for sale for $1.65 million. Garcetti purchased the 1950s post and beam, plus two adjacent parcels, for just $365,000 in 2000, before Echo Park became the new Silver Lake. The couple renovated the house, adding environmentally friendly upgrades like solar panels and recycled plastic sliding doors—that plus its Mid-Century Modern style and well-chosen decor got it featured in Dwell back in 2008 (when Garcetti was City Council President).
The three-bedroom house is about 1,900 square feet, and shares an approximately half-acre property with terraced garden boxes ("where the couple grew much of their own food") and many citrus trees. The house also has several outdoor decks and patios with fire and water features. That price tag again is $1.65 million.
Open House: Sunday Nov 29 between 1 - 4 PM
4626 Glenalbyn Dr, Mt. Washington
Beds, Baths: 3 BR, 3.5 BA
Floor Area: 2,285 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: "Welcome home to your mid-century oasis. Perched in the hills of Mount Washington, this quintessential post and beam features walls of glass that showcase sweeping canyon viewsincluding the historic Southwest Museum. High vaulted ceilings, white oak wood floors and wraparound decks envelop a spacious open living area surrounded by lush hillside greenery. Reenvisioned by Fung & Blatt, interior and exterior spaces meld perfectly to create a seamless indoor/outdoor flow. Special touches include a koi pond, terraced gardens, productive citrus trees and a Zen-like "bonus area" on its own level with a separate entrance - perfect for use as a guest quarters, home office or music studio. Located moments from Mount Washington Elementary and a few steps down a "secret staircase" to the Metro Gold Line, this is truly an exceptional and unique property not to be missed."
One of a handful of residences in the neighborhood designed or re-designed by the local husband-and-wife architect team, this fetching modern also shares its street with three Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments (#392, #394, and #395). Sited on a 5,817-square-foot lot, it in March 2012 for $755,000.