This week's listing of Norwood Young's infamous "House of David" in Hancock Park reminds how much we love professional organizing the colorful spaces of Los Angeles.
Rumored to be the former house of Nat King Cole, L.A Curbed perhaps describes the house better than anyone can:
"The [House of David in Hancock Park] exists outside the normal boundaries of space, time, and interior decorating. There are fake dogs everywhere, the dining room furniture is invisible and hanging from the ceiling, and there are either oversized chairs in the foyer or the foyer is tiny. The house has seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and 19 David replicas on its front lawn. R&B singer Norwood Young has lived, decorated, and pissed off the neighbors on Muirfield Street since the nineties..."
L.A. is indeed a city of excess, big quirky houses chocked full of surprising treasures, movie locations, world-class architects and people breaking every rule in the book when it comes to aggressive collecting, designing and decorating. We are bound to client confidentiality but we can say it's an honor to not only take a peek at secret spaces but to curate each item and ensure collectibles can be displayed, cared for, or neatly stored for easy access-- and do our best to continue the "theme" of the house and to celebrate the life of our clients.
Here are a few of the unusual quirky residences in Los Angeles. You are in for a treat. Read on...
The Spadena House in Beverly Hills, aka the "Witch's House" (above) (Yelp)
Pasadena's Dome House designed by Wallace Neff (above) (LA Okay)
One of many homes that inspired movie-making magic, the original exterior location in Hollywood for the film "Nightmare on Elm Street." (above) (OrganizingLA Blog)
Hobbit houses, also known as "Gingerbread" or "Storybook" houses were common in Los Angeles in the early 20th Century. Many were raised in favor of apartment buildings and more modern cookie-cutter homes. This one, still standing with small pond, pirate's nest and purposefully lopsided construction is located in Culver City. (LA Times)
The Chemosphere House built around 1960 by architect John Lautner stands today overlooking the San Fernando Valley side of the Hollywood Hills.(Flickr)
Popular to surfers, Paradise Cove in Malibu offers a beachside location with a twist: Million-dollar mobile homes with Sub-Zeros and Italian granite countertops. Minne Driver, Pamela Anderson and Matthew McConaughey call this unusual community home. (Vanity Fair)
No wonder many of our clients have told us that they don't really feel they "own" their houses... they consider themselves "caretakers" and "docents" of a loving legacy. And we are so honored to curate and care for their "collections" in Los Angeles and Southern California.
What are your favorite quirky, weird homes of Los Angeles? Please share.
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