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La Cañada ‘Research House’ is a visual feast for $2.995M

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Designed by John C. Lindsay for Architectural Products magazine, it’s on the market for the first time since 1960

Photos by Susan Pickering, courtesy of B & B Properties

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re pretty well acquainted with Arts & Architecture magazine’s celebrated Case Study program. Far less familiar, however, is the version of the Case Study program that Architectural Products magazine launched in 1954, the “Research House” series.

Like the Case Study homes, Research Houses were designed by forward-thinking, highly respected local architects, including Edward Fickett, Honnold & Rex, and John C. Lindsay, who whipped up this snazzy specimen for the program in 1957. Located in the hills of La Cañada-Flintridge, the visually arresting residence has just become available for the first time since 1960.

Measuring nearly 3,000 square feet, the three-bedroom, three-bath home was furnished and decorated by the venerable Barker Bros. Per the listing copy, some of the original furnishings are still in place.

Other noteworthy features include elaborately carved front doors, walnut parquet floors, beamed ceilings, a semi-circular Palos Verdes stone wall, double gas ovens by O’Keefe & Merritt, expansive walls of glass offering spectacular mountain views, a colorful outdoor kitchen, and a swimming pool shaped like the state of California.

The one-of-a-kind property, which sits on a sloped 1.14-acre lot, is asking $2.995 million. Open house is scheduled from 1-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.