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6 open houses to check out around LA this weekend

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Including what is quite possibly the coolest house currently on the market

Welcome to another edition of our weekly series rounding up open houses to check out over the weekend, because who doesn’t love a little real estate gawking? Among this week’s options are some outstanding time capsules in the Valley, Hollywood Hills, and Ladera Heights.

Courtesy of Jason Squire Flück and Nancy Nelms

Where: 12700 Kling St., Studio City, 91604
When: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday Nov 3
Specs: 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms; 1,458 square feet
Selling points: Available for the first time in nearly half a century, this traditional Valley ranch is full of charming original features, including hardwood floors, diamond-pane windows, period tile, and an adorable knotty pine kitchen and breakfast nook. Here’s hoping it will be allowed to hold on to these character details another 50 years!
Asking price: $899,000

Courtesy of Will Flannigan/Compass

Where: 8628 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood Hills West, 90069
When: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday Nov 2; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday Nov 3
Specs: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms; 1,554 square feet
Selling points: FAIA architect Marvin Taff, whose projects include Glendale’s spectacular main library, designed this sharp modern above the Sunset Strip in 1962. Features include lofty beamed ceilings, clerestory windows, sliding glass doors, and what the listing describes as a “non-conforming studio apartment underneath the living room with private entrance, kitchenette, and separate bath.”
Asking price: $1.995 million

Courtesy of Patricia Ruben/Sotheby’s International Realty

Where: 2547 Canyon Oak Drive, Hollywood Hills, 90068
When: 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, November 3
Specs: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms; 2,138 square feet
Selling points: Built in 1978 by architect Tony Ngai, this clean-lined rustic-modern cabin features clear cedar ceilings, Swedish Kahrs wood flooring, massive picture windows offering killer views, and an open library with custom shelving and track ladder leading to a recessed “conversation pit.”
Asking price: $2.295 million

Courtesy of Neil Baddin/Coldwell Banker

Where: 2805 Woodstock Road, Laurel Canyon, 90068
When: 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday November 3
Specs: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms; 2,700 square feet
Selling points: Hey, it’s our old pal the Wohlstetter House, designed in 1953 by card-carrying Communist architect Josef van der Kar for Albert Wohlstetter, the man that Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove was at least partly based on. Per the listing, the four-bedroom home and its guest house “have been meticulously restored and remodeled,” and its .38-acre grounds “brought back to their natural beauty as originally conceived by renowned landscape architect Garrett Eckbo.”
Asking price: $4.75 million


Where: 5500 Senford Avenue, Ladera Heights, 90056
When: 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday Nov 3
Specs: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms; 3,336 square feet
Selling points: With its glamorous gold screens and wallpaper, rock-wall room divider, and curving walls, this swingin’ ’60s time capsule is quite possibly the coolest house currently on the market. It’s also blessed with a sizable lot—11,294 square feet.
Asking price: $1.475 million

Courtesy of Betty-Jo Tilley and Jasmine Reichle/Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

Where: 742 Via de la Paz, Pacific Palisades, 90272
When: 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday Nov 3
Specs: 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms; 4,535 square feet
Selling points: Designed in 2010 by sculptural architect Michele Saee, this rectangular residence boasts a dramatic central staircase with curved glass wall reminiscent of the Guggenheim Museum, and a starlight ceiling that creates the illusion of a twinkling twilight sky. Other features include hardwood floors, massive windows, built-ins and a luxurious outdoor kitchen.
Asking price: $5.45 million