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Jazzy midcentury modern by Covina Bowl architects asking $1.5M in Long Beach

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Features include an indoor/outdoor koi pond, mahogany paneled walls, built-in furniture, and a solar-heated pool

A fiddle leaf fig tree and water feature in the living room help blur the line between indoors and out.
Photo by Cody James, courtesy of Nate Cole.

While the midcentury architecture firm of Powers, Daly, and DeRosa is best known as the team behind such fantastic Googie-style bowling centers as the Egyptian-themed Covina Bowl, the Long Beach firm also designed single-family residences, including this fun family abode at 1062 Tehachapi Drive in Bixby Knolls that just hit the market.

Completed in 1954, the single-story home presents a fairly buttoned-down exterior to passersby, though its cascading paved walkway and stylized-block screen offer a hint to its more playful nature.

Things loosen up considerably inside the house, which follows a U-shaped plan with three bedrooms and two baths at one end and a guest bedroom or office and bath on the other.

Along with glass walls, cork and flagstone floors, mahogany paneling, built-in furniture, and two fireplaces, the 2,569-square-foot home’s notable features include a fiddle leaf fig tree growing from a planter built into the living room floor and a rock fountain and koi pond that extends from the living room outside to the patio.

The grounds also contain a solar-heated swimming pool, an outdoor shower, and an above-ground hot tub.

Per the description, recent updates include high efficiency zoned HVAC units, new plumbing, new electrical systems, new roofing, and owned solar panels. On an 11,363-square-foot lot, the property is listed with Nate Cole of Coldwell Banker at an asking price of $1.499 million.

Open houses are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The crisp geometric shapes of the home’s brick facade and cascading walkway work together to create an eye-pleasing first impression.
Cody James
Cork flooring was recently installed in the living areas and bedrooms.
Peter McMenamin
A rock fountain/koi pond straddles the living room and outside patio.
Peter McMenamin
The kitchen has been updated with modern appliances and custom plywood and maple cabinets with cutaway pulls.
Peter McMenamin
Mahogany paneled walls add Polynesian flair to the master bedroom, enhanced by the tropical landscaping visible through floor to ceiling glass.
Peter McMenamin
According to the listing description, the colorful tile in one of the bathrooms and an outdoor shower pays “homage to LAX’s mosaic tiled tunnels.”
Peter McMenamin
The pool is solar-heated.
Peter McMenamin