Modernist Paul Tay got his start in Long Beach after graduating from USC in 1950 and went on to design more than 30 residences there; this one in Bixby Knolls claims to be Tay's first. Built in 1950 as a spec house, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house features a wall of built-ins and a large brick fireplace in the living room/dining room area, which is illuminated by a wall of giant windows overlooking the backyard and pool. (Those windows help the 1,475-square-foot house feel "dramatically larger than advertised.") The kitchen and bathrooms have been recently redone, and so has the heating and air conditioning. The house, which sits on a 6,474-square-foot lot, includes a front courtyard and multiple patios. It's listed for $749,000.
· 3916 Lemon Avenue [Official site]