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Minty-fresh midcentury modern in the Valley asking $799K

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Designed by architect Leo Raffaelli in 1957, it’s got an atrium courtyard, an open floor plan, pitched ceilings, concrete slab floors, and walls of glass

While the name Leo P. Raffaelli may not ring too many bells today, during the post-WWII era, the SoCal architect enjoyed a thriving practice, building commercial and residential structures throughout the San Fernando Valley. By 1952, at the relatively young age of 40, Raffaelli had become prominent enough to be elected head of the AIA's Valley chapter. Among his commissions is this crisp and cool modern located a little east of Sepulveda in Van Nuys.

Built in 1957, the two-bedroom post-and-beam is hidden from public view behind a sliding redwood fence. According to its listing description, "Original details and fixtures have been restored and are intact as well as the custom wood plantation shutters in every room in the house." Other notable features include an atrium courtyard with reflecting pool, an open floor plan, a brick fireplace, concrete slab floors, clerestory windows, walls of glass, built-in storage, and a two-car carport. Asking price is $799,000, and open house is scheduled for Sunday, August 7 between 2 and 5 p.m.