About a block away from the sandy beaches of Santa Monica, this fantastic two-bedroom townhouse is looking for its first new owner in more than three decades. Built in 1919, the building was designed by architect Irving Gill, the man whose West Hollywood Dodge House (demolished in 1970) is credited with flipping the script on the classic pitched-roof house, and whose work inspired Modernist masters like Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra. The salt air has agreed with this place, and it's aged more gracefully than Helen Mirren. The unit has two bathrooms, Moravian tile, a formal dining room, windows for days, an upgraded kitchen, and a lovely staircase that leads up to the second floor, where the master suite awaits. The two private patios (don't miss that glorious staghorn fern) just add to the allure of this architecturally pedigreed residence. The townhouse is asking $2.6 million.
· 140 Hollister Ave #3, Santa Monica, CA 90405 [Redfin]