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Fantastic midcentury modern in Lakewood asking $1.7M

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The frozen-in-time residence has a two-story central garden room

A flagstone planter houses an impressive collection of fiddle-leaf fig trees.
Peter McMenamin, courtesy of Nate Cole

Located in the post-WWII planned community of Lakewood next to the Lakewood Country Club Estates golf course, this striking residence was designed in 1948 for Harry L. Brittain, a prominent local home builder. To design the home, Brittain commissioned his friend Raphael Van Buren Livingston, a USC-trained architect who began his career working for Myron Hunt and went on to become architect for the city of South Pasadena.

Now available for the first time since the 1950s, the four-bedroom, four-bath home is a real treat for time-capsule fans. Features include asphalt tile floors, built-in bookcases, desks, and dressers, and birch-paneled walls. The home’s centerpiece is a two-story garden room with beamed ceilings, a floor-to-ceiling wall of glass, clerestory windows, a recessed fireplace, and an extensive built-in flagstone planter housing fiddle-leaf fig trees.

Outside on the sprawling, .66-acre lot, there’s a fenced-in pool with pool house, and a “parklike expanse of lawn dotted with various mature fruit trees.” The property is listed with Nate Cole of Suprstructur at an asking price of $1.68 million.

The home sits on a .66-acre lot.
A band of southern-facing clerestory windows helps create dramatic light and shadow effects throughout the day.
Sliding glass doors separate the dining room from the garden room.
Built-in furniture abounds.
One of the four en suite bathrooms.
The view from the fenced-in pool.