This compact modern in Laurel Canyon was designed by architects Harold Bissner and Harold B. Zook in 1947. And as luck would have it, it was also featured on the 1947 Project historic blog back in 2005. As the post, entitled "Housing Crunch," explains, "Here in 1947, where building costs are high and the housing shortage acute, veteran Clement Cointe has decided to build a miniature dream house, to live in until such time as he can enlarge." The Pasadena-based architecture team designed a one-bedroom home for Mr. Cointe with "closets that open to reveal built in linen and dish storage, card table, bar, coat closet and radio-phonograph." The 700-square-foot space also featured built-in bookshelves and desk, and a bedroom area with couches ("of grey upholstery with Mexican cow pony pillows") that become beds and could be "partitioned off with an accordion wall." Sited on a .82-acre lot, the house, which also features a lagoon pool and terraced gardens, has just hit the market for the first time in several decades. Per the listing, it's being sold "as is," with an asking price of $975,000.
· 7681 Willow Glen Road [Estately]
· Housing Crunch [1947project]