A stylistic oddball among standard ranches and brick cottages, this recent remodel in the Westwood Terrace neighborhood is summoning Westside buyers who wouldn’t mind a little Palm Springs pizzazz.
Find it about a block south of Westview Cemetery—perched on a hill, beneath a butterfly roof—with a white-painted facade that’s punctuated with doors of electric blue. Like the snazzy mailbox of vertical slats, the front-yard palm is a given.
The listing acknowledges that such “magnificent midcentury modern” qualities are a Westside rarity, while barking, “MAD MEN COME HOME!” in reference to either the show or dudes generally having bad days.
Built in 1960, the house recently underwent thorough updates that include a modern-style kitchen and master bathroom with quartz and marble. The listing price, as posted this past weekend, is $379,000.
That buys not one—but two!—obligatory sputnik light fixtures and three bedrooms among 2,000 square feet.
Like the very MCM fireplace, one cool feature is a wood-paneled patio cove with a ceiling fan, which leads back to a fenced yard and patio. (Could it be the only means of accessing the patio, though?)
Less attractive are the two total bathrooms and the you’d-might-as-well-drive WalkScore of 6. Painted brick abounds inside and out, and the main living space has what appears to be an equally whitewashed tongue-and-groove ceiling.
Remodels of slightly smaller size have been scoring in the mid-$300,000s lately in this district bordering Westview.
Records indicate the property sold a year ago, prior to renovations, for a measly $40,000.
Back in pre-bust 2005, it’d traded for as high as $253,000.