It's always rather endearing when a listing offers up a house's backstory, n'est ce pas? Take the listing for this mid-century ranch in Glendale, for instance, which informs us that a certain Dr. Prout "searched long for a site on which to build a home for he and his wife. His search ended once he saw this massive parcel at the end of a cul-de-sac in this picturesque setting of Glenoaks Canyon. In 1957 he commissioned the building of this large one-story four bedroom and four bath gated estate on this majestic lot of over 85,000sf." Not the most compelling or dynamically expressed tale, to be sure, but that's okay—the well-preserved house's abundance of charming details should more than make up for that. Its features include beamed ceilings; walls of glass; multiple wood-burning fireplaces; paneled walls; built-in bookshelves, hutches, and vanities; fantastic vintage tile; a swimming pool; gardens; a motor court; and a three-car garage. Asking price for the 1.96-acre property is $1.395 million.
· 431 COUTIN Ln [Redfin]