Although rightfully celebrated as a champion of the proletariat, Gregory Ain's clientele extended into the upper class too--for instance, there was Robert Schairer, an aerospace engineer for the Rand Corporation, who commissioned the architect to build his family residence in Brentwood in 1948. Sixty-five years later, the custom-built house has come to market for the first time, which, sadly, will probably also be its last. While the 3,004-square-foot modern is undeniably far from ship-shape and in need of updates, it still looks to have a lot of life in it yet, and could probably be revived quite nicely. However, that possibility is given short shrift by the listing, which includes a drab gallery of unstaged, lights-off photos taken on the gloomiest day of the year, along with the cheerful suggestion to the future buyer to "build a new estate, possibly two new homes!" Located on a .46-acre lot in the Westgate Acres tract, the most-likely-doomed property features seven bedrooms, four baths, hardwood floors, walls of glass, a wood-burning fireplace, built-ins galore, and a guest house. Asking price is $3.199 million.
· 11750 Chenault St [Estately]