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1930s Kesling modern with whimsical interior asking $1.25M in Silver Lake

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Colorful walls, a spiral staircase, and an indoor swimming pool

Photos by Pierre Galant, courtesy of Golden Land Real Estate

It’s safe to say that not many people passing by this eye-catching residence on Silver Lake’s Fanning Street would recognize it as the work of architect William Kesling. However, while it may not be as easily identifiable as its next-door neighbor, the Wilson House, both homes were erected by the Streamline Moderne master in 1936.

On the market for the first time in six decades, the tri-level home still retains some original features, including bands of windows, hardwood floors, Art Deco tile, walls of glass, and curving staircases and railings.

The three-bedroom, two-bath also sports a number of fanciful modifications and additions done by its longtime owners, Silver Lake philanthropists Nadia and Norman Kaplan, including its technicolor kitchen and halls, an indoor swimming pool, and bar with kitchenette.

Per the listing, the property is sited on “an R2 zoned 6,036 square foot lot, which allows for 2 units built on the property and future development, subject to Los Angeles County permitting rules and regulations.” Asking price is $1.25 million, and open house is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.