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For $799K, a stunning modern masterpiece in Claremont

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Once photographed by the great Julius Shulman

A photo of the kitchen and den.
Photos by Cameron Carothers.
Courtesy of Matthew Berkley/Crosby Doe Associates

Built in 1954 as a personal residence for Ken McLeod, a builder and craftsman who grew up in the neighborhood and worked with numerous big-name architects of the period, this Claremont midcentury is certainly easy on the eyes.

Set far back on its lot, the four-bedroom house holds bedrooms with western exposures and walls of glass for days. The living room has soaring ceilings and features clerestory windows. The kitchen is spacious and open, with floor-to-ceiling windows on one side.

The master bedroom offers a connection to the outdoors in the form of its own master courtyard. In the master bathroom (one of two bathrooms in the house), there’s a sunken tile tub and shower that looks out onto an atrium.

Photo by Julius Shulman, courtesy Getty Research Institute
Photo by Julius Shulman, courtesy Getty Research Institute

Photographed by that great modern architecture documentarian Julius Shulman, this residence is tied to a network of great architects. According to the listing:

Although Fred McDowell is listed as architect of record, McLeod's work with [McDowell’s partner Theodore] Criley and McDowell, Richard Neutra, and other modernist luminaries is evident in the design and execution of the original 1954 and Rufus Turner's 1964 rebuild of the rear of the property.

McDowell also worked with Neutra, and he designed The Eldridge House, another local gem. The listing copy for the McLeod residences notes that he and McLeod, who served as the builder on the project, worked together here to create a residence that blends “examples of functionality and comfort.”

The house is up for consideration a historic landmark with the county of Los Angeles.

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