Looking Back: Our Three Favorite Listings of 2015

We look at a lot of properties every year, but there are always favorites. Here are three memorable properties on the market in 2015. The quality all three share is a look back, with different degrees of nostalgia, to Southern California in the 20th Century. Click on the links for more.

Venice Walk Street House
We fell in love with designer Kim Gordon’s carefully crafted and curated design on a Venice walk street (above) a completely new house that looks back to the Boho Chic style of British and French expats in LA in the ‘60s. These well-educated creatives mixed high and low, filling white-painted rentals with casual, evocative objects and furniture with an emphasis on comfort. Here, Gordon created an eminently livable house with a lot of style, and we're looking forward to seeing projects she has in the pipeline. Asking $4M, the 4-bed, 3.5-bath property quickly went pending after barely two weeks on the market.

The Kun House
One of the great Modernist houses of the 20th Century– designed by Richard Neutra for Joseph Kun in 1936– came on the market this year asking $3.5M and selling quickly for $3.4M. A tour-de-force of restoration, the house was meticulously bought back to its original condition over a period of seven years by Deco co-founder Gerald Casale. The agent’s breathtaking dedicated site for the property is worth a look.

The Jaffe House
Another masterwork of Modernism (built three decades after Neutra’s Kun house) came on the market this year in Rancho Mirage. Originally asking $1.995M, the 5-bed, 3.5-bath house finally sold after more than a year on the market for $1.9M. It came with a pedigree. Edgar Kauffman, whose Palm Springs house was designed by Neutra, recommended the young architect William F. Cody to the client, Henry L. Jaffe, a pioneering physician and researcher, who had purchased the land from his friend Groucho Marx. The property is on the grounds of the Tamarisk Golf Club, once a destination for wealthy snowbirds, and now an undervalued treasure trove of Desert Modernism because it’s not in Palm Springs.

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