This Long Beach residence started out life in 1924 as a classic California bungalow. Four decades later, it was acquired by a young couple, Gus and Carolee Pekrul, who enlisted the renowned local architect Paul Tay to transform the cottage into a modernist home.
The USC-trained architect was clearly more than up to the challenge, expanding the bungalow and endowing it with rough-sawn redwood beamed ceilings, teak cabinetry and built-ins, wrap around and clerestory windows, and custom soffit lighting.
Since its last appearance on the market three years ago, the 1,398-square-foot home has undergone some additional tweaking, with new cork floors replacing the vintage vinyl ones, sliding glass doors added to enable access to the central courtyard, a guest room enlarged, and the layout revised to create a proper master suite, per the listing description.
Located on an 8,956-square-foot lot at 4123 North Virginia Road in the city’s Los Cerritos neighborhood just south of the Virginia Country Club, the property is asking $975,000. Nate Cole of Coldwell Banker has the listing.