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Handsome Buff & Hensman in Bel Air awaits its second owner ever

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In mostly original condition, the 1971 post and beam is asking $4M

Photos by Jerry Wieczorek, courtesy of Brent Friedland

Up for sale for the first time ever is a Bel Air post-and-beam that’s two time-capsules in one.

Located on Linda Flora Drive, the four-bedroom residence was designed by the celebrated architecture firm of Buff and Hensman for Griffith and Jacqueline Bolton and their young son. The home was built in 1971, though from the looks of it, you’d probably guess it was from the 1950s or ’60s, and with good reason.

Richard Bolton, Griffith and Jacqueline’s son, tells Curbed that when his parents, who ran an import business selling goods from Japan, were trying to decide which architect to hire to design their home, the family would go on drives to look at houses the architects being considered had built.

“There were a couple in Pasadena designed by Buff and Hensman in 1958 that they really liked, so that’s how they got the job,” Bolton recalls. “By this time, Buff and Hensman had moved on from the post and beam style, but that’s what my parents wanted, so that’s what they gave them.”

Measuring 2,483 square feet, the Bolton Residence boasts such quintessential midcentury modern elements as vaulted beamed ceilings, walls of glass, an open floor plan, a stone fireplace, and built-in cabinetry and furniture.

Outside, there’s a sizable swimming pool and “moon view” deck. According to Bolton, all features are original except the kitchen sink, oven, dishwasher, and laundry appliances.

The home sits on a 1.18-acre lot offering canyon, city, and ocean views, and comes with original blueprints, renderings, and correspondence between the owners and the architects. It’s listed at an asking price of $3.995 million.