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6 open houses to check out around LA this weekend

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Including a couple of outstanding time capsules

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? This week’s options include an unpolished midcentury modern gem in Riverside, an extremely polished Craftsman in Silver Lake, and a time capsule compound on two acres in Encino.

Courtesy of Konstantine Valissarakos and Rick Yohon

Where: 1658 Golden Gate Avenue, LA 90026
When: 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, January 5
Specs: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms; 2,030 square feet
Selling points: Around since 1911, this two-story Craftsman in Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction has undergone an extensive makeover since last trading hands just under two years ago. Along with a brand-new kitchen and bathrooms, the glammed-up home sports oak floors, extensive woodwork, designer lighting, multiple patios and decks, and a new pool.
Asking price: $2.197 million

Courtesy of Robert Siegmeth/Keller Williams

Where: 2290 Silver Ridge Avenue, LA 90039
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, January 4
Specs: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms; 2,607 square feet
Selling points: Architect Bing Yeh designed this blocky contemporary in the Silver Lake hills for himself in 1993. It features wrap-around windows, lofty ceilings, built-in bookshelves, a music studio, a custom seating platform suspended via aircraft cables, Caesarstone countertops, and an expansive view deck.
Asking price: $1.595 million

Courtesy of Rainbow Yuen/ReMax Omega

Where: 1296 E Alta Loma Drive, Altadena 91001
When: 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, January 5
Specs: 3 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms; 1,476 square feet
Selling points: Located in the bucolic hills just west of Eaton Canyon in northeast Altadena, this straightforward midcentury modern features hardwood floors, a gas and wood-burning fireplace, dual-pane windows, an updated kitchen, and a sizable yard with lemon, avocado, and kumquat trees.
Asking price: $839,000

Courtesy of Grace Miranda/Keller Williams

Where: 8517 Springford Drive, Sun Valley 91352
When: 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday January 4 and Sunday January 5
Specs: 3 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms; 1,197 square feet
Selling points: Built in 1956, this Sun Valley hilltop fixer’s character features include hardwood floors, a brick fireplace, an original Thermador oven, and colorful period tile.
Asking price: $650,000

Courtesy of Nickolas Graef

Where: 5031 Encino Avenue, Encino 91316
When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, January 4
Specs: 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms; 3,510 square feet
Selling points: On a two-acre lot in Encino’s Amestoy Estates, this sprawling time capsule compound contains a ranch-style main house endowed with a unique wall of televisions, a three-bedroom guest house, and a pool house with built-in bar, drop-down projector, and “full industrial kitchen.” Other amenities include a kidney-shaped swimming pool, a full-size tennis court with lights, a 20-tree orange orchard, and parking for at least 15 vehicles.
Asking price: $4.199 million

Courtesy of Betsy Herrick/Crest Sotheby’s International Realty

Where: 2278 Arroyo Drive, Riverside 92506
When: 12 to 3 p.m., Saturday, January 4 and Sunday, January 5
Specs: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms; 2,013 square feet
Selling points: This distinctive midcentury modern in Riverside’s historic Victoria Woods neighborhood was designed by the gifted USC-trained architect Philmer J. Ellerbroek. On the market for the first time since 1964, it’s a diamond in the rough, with mahogany paneling and cabinets, beamed ceilings, walls of glass, a bounty of built-ins, an indoor/outdoor shower, and a half-acre lot.
Asking price: $549,900