“Mid Century was Born HERE, ” says the property listing which prices the supposed birthplace of the quintessential hillside Hollywood bachelor pad at $1,125,000. And although I’ve always been weary of real-estate talk, this is one selling point that might actually be true…
These groovy LA digs were built in 1948 by the well-known American innovators of modernist architecture, A. Quincy Jones, Whitney R. Smith and Edgardo Contini, as an example of how well-designed homes could be built on steep hillside lots.
This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom was literally an experiment for the trailblazing architects to “test drive the engineering” that would become the back-drop for notorious Hollywood after-parties for generations to come.
It was even officially registered under the name “The Pilot House” of modern style in 2002, as a Los Angeles cultural and historical monument. And it’s got the plaque to prove it.
But of course, the second selling point of the house has got to be this outdoor lizard cage ↑.
The interior décor has flawlessly re-captures that mid-century suave, proving just how much we’ve come full circle in design trends.
Except for small details like the modern over, this place feels very much like a legitimate (million dollar) time capsule…