It does give out a bit of that mid-century tiki bar party vibe. For sure.
Let's start, as per usual, at the front.
Not much, right? Mid-Century moderns FREQUENTLY have crappy curb appeal. It is totally by design. They save all the design for the owners . . . not so much for the neighbors.
Who doesn't love a pumpkin slat gate?
Sitting room facing the pool.
I love Zillow. There is so much of the story revealed online. You get the basics: 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,007 square feet. Built in 1954. Current price is $749,000.
This listing's Zillow page is like a neat little summary of what happened in Southern California real estate history during the past decade.
Allow me my fictitious speculation and no offense or insult intended to any of the above parties involved with this house:
The market in Southern California languished through 1997. It started rising in the early 2000's with the dot.com boom/bust. The home's owners sold right at the upswing in 2002 for $375. By 2005, real estate was going crazy and people seriously extended themselves into homes that perhaps they couldn't afford with loans they shouldn't have been able to get The home was sold at an inflated price of $700K in 2005. The new homeowners hung on for dear life through the recession. At some point, they lost their jobs or they just felt the house would never sell for more than they paid for it, and they stopped making payments (maybe 2011). The long, slow, tedious foreclosure process took place and finally completed in 2013. By the time the house was foreclosed on it had fallen into rack and ruin. A clever investment company came along, and bought the house for cash Jun-2013 @$591K, pumped in some basic improvements and FLIPPED it in Aug-2013. Potential $100K in profit or something like that during our current mini-boom cycle.I wonder how close I am? Was that really boring? But these are the things I think about.
Pretty little entry vignette. Touch of the industrial chic decorating we see so much of now-a-days.
A Noguchi coffee table. I comment on these everytime I SEE THEM NOW. I just can't help myself.
Love the big ball white lights. I am going to add a few of these to our house.
Nice living area with fireplace.
Another shot of the coffee table. Humor me.
The dining area from the kitchen. WHY oh WHY did I not take a better picture of that awesome front door you can see on the right? Darn it.
Okay now the kitchen. I was amused because some homeowners were commenting to the real estate agent about the tiny kitchen. Ha ha. Come over to my house. The real estate agent, Rochelle Kramer, I later learned lives in Cliff May somewhat nearby, so she totally understands the kitchen. But she was patient, and nodded in agreement that it needed some work.
Of course, I am a fan. Big gourmet kitchens are over-rated IMHO.
Ya got yer open shelving for dishes.
Ya got yer breastfed bar with sink.
Ya got yer major appliances.
What's the problem? Oh, good shot of the floor here. I think it is stone. Marble. My gosh I was running through this one fast!
From the RanchoStyle website:
The Long Beach Cliff May Ranchos were built in the early 1950s and reflect the modernist influences of the time with open floor plans, exposed post-and-beam ceilings, clerestory windows and floor to ceiling glass. There are approximately 700 homes in the Ranchos, located in East Long Beach, near El Dorado Park.
Very chic bathroom.
Love love love the windows in this home.
Another cool bedroom with a fantastic patio view.
Are you ready for the fabulous Flintstones pool?
The rock is incredible. The real estate agent said there are a number of houses in this area with rock pools and walls like this.
Very pretty atrium patio. I do so love pavers and grass.
Here is a bit of original fifties Americana. I believe this is an intercom and music system. Who doesn't need a an intercom in a one-story home with windows open in every room?
And a closeup of the wall. I adore chunky rock walls.
All this home needs is a tiki bar and a hot summer night. Which, I might add, we are finally having our first tonight. Weird weather for Southern California.
I found this Open House via RanchoStyle.com who was also showing the property. The listing is held by Francoise Pichon.