This atomic-age ranch located on a one-acre lot next to the Los Angeles Country Club was designed in 1950 by Arthur Froelich, the architect behind numerous horse racing tracks, including Hollywood Park, Aqueduct and New York's Belmont Park. On the market for the first time since being built, the 6,436-square-foot curvelinear home features four bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, five fireplaces, marble floors, built-ins galore, separate guest quarters, and a three-car garage. Now, in light of our extended Outdoors Week, let's discuss the exterior. While we'd like to applaud whoever's responsible for making the almost unheard-of choice not to waste water by covering the pool and letting the backyard lawn dry out, it's hard to turn a blind eye to this decision's unfortunate side effect: the property--listed for $8.25 million--looks, well, parched. Especially given the house's dominant interior color scheme of bone, sand, and brown, not to mention its juxtaposition with the obnoxiously well-watered golf course next door. So here's a question for the landscape architects out there, whether amateur or professional: what, hypothetically, would you do with this yard?
· 9970 SUNSET Blvd [Redfin]