Estate of Play: June

This month, the Dwell Home Tours return

By The Editors

Six of the Most Bonkers Houses on Display at the Dwell Home Tours
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16 June 2016

This is Estate of Play, a monthly rundown (with pictures!) of five of the most architecturally significant properties currently for sale in Los Angeles.

This month, we’re interrupting your regularly scheduled feature of L.A.’s best listings to bring you inside the Dwell Home Tours.

If you’re unfamiliar, this annual event invites you to take a stroll through 15 stunning homes within city limits. It’s a companion event to Dwell On Design, an architectural jamboree we recently named one of summer’s must-attend festivals.

The home tours go down over the next two weekends, and we’ve selected six of the most excellent residences on display to help whet your appetite.

Grand View

Mar Vista/Culver City Tours, June 19th

Where 2,400 square feet feels like 5,400. The three-bedroom bungalow gets its extra space from side yards with porches and tons of floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Beech Knoll

East Side/The Hills, June 25th

This next-gen house has a 360-degree view of L.A. and the Valley, and its blinds can open and close at the tap of a button. The owner can program everything from temperature to lighting to the coffee maker, because this sleek, naturally-toned house is fully automated.

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The Samuel-Novarro House

East Side/The Hills, June 25th

Frank Lloyd Wright designed this home in 1928 after touring Mayan ruins in Colombia, and you can see the effect the smooth stone and blocky, symmetrical motifs had on his aesthetic. Actress Diane Keaton updated the home in the ‘80s. The current owner juxtaposed the home’s history with ornate skulls and decadent weaponry typified in contemporary Mexican art. It’s a great look.

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Piccus Residence

Santa Monica/Venice, June 26th

Metal. Concrete. Tiles. Rubin Donner Design drew on an interesting assortment of materials on this Venice home, which was designed to showcase the owner’s impressive art collection.

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Adelaide Place

Santa Monica/Venice, June 26th

Adelaide Place combines Scandinavian and Italian design influences for an open layout that screams “Let’s party.” The owner loves to entertain and it shows, with a kitchen that oversees the dining and living areas and flows outward into the backyard.

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Bay Street

Santa Monica/Venice, June 26th

Built in 1927, this beach bungalow is among the tour’s oldest. Yet it’s also the most minimalistic, letting its materials — white wood and concrete — ornate rugs and naturalistic murals do the talking.

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