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1960s modern by Paul Tay in Long Beach asking $975K

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The three-bedroom home was originally a 1920s California bungalow.

The Pekrul Residence, 1423 N. Virginia Road, Long Beach
Photos by Peter McMenamin, courtesy of Nate Cole

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.

The 1,398-square-foot residence features rough-hewn redwood beam ceilings, custom soffit lighting, and wrap-around windows.
Architect Paul Tay also installed teak built-ins.
The teak cabinets are vintage, but the cork flooring is new.
Sliding glass doors provide access to the central courtyard.
The home has two bathrooms, one vintage, one modern.
One of the architect’s original drawings. Tay also created drawings for a phase two addition, never executed.