1524 N. Sierra Bonita is a house of which people dream. And the area—Sunset Square—is one of the most coveted in L.A. Recently deemed an HPOZ—Historic Preservation Overlay Zone—the integrity of the neighborhood is protected.
HPOZ house prices tend to rise faster because the homes are well maintained and attract investment. HPOZs can also qualify for property reductions that can help defray the cost of maintaining a period house.
Built in 1916, the 3 bed, 2 bath home is 1,758 square feet of living space on a 6,758 square foot lot. Listed at $1,425 million, this classic California bungalow has never before been listed and is begging for an owner who loves fairytale endings.
The house welcomes you home with a wide porch and spacious entrance.
The bright, airy living room has original multi-pane windows, hardwood floors, a brick fireplace, and a built-in bookcase.
Move into a dining room that could easily accommodate the whole family and more and you’ll find an original wood grand buffet—popular in homes of this era.
The bungalow hit the American architectural scene in the 1880s by way of India and the Craftsman (Arts and Crafts) movement at the turn of the century. And by 1905 had morphed into the American bungalow—the most popular house style in the country.
The bungalow blossomed in fast-growing Southern California, and by 1930 Los Angeles had more single-family dwellings than any comparable city with 94% of its families living in single-family homes.
The need for small houses of simple design that would look good on a middle-class budget was paramount and soon speculative building and pattern book companies offered choices of home model plans. Even Sears had house patterns!
Simple, rustic, natural, and charming, the California bungalow was built low to the ground—its indoor and outdoor areas merging with terraces, verandahs, screened-in porches, patios, courts, pergolas and trellises. Natural materials were used for exteriors and interiors—materials like local woods and boulders.
Large, open family kitchens were also a classic part of architecture of this style. A sunny breakfast nook has its own picture window.
The service porch off the kitchen could transform into a laundry room or be opened up to create an even larger kitchen.
The bedrooms are filled with natural light and the highly polished hardwood floors add warmth.
The master bath has elegant marble walls and floors, and a spa bathtub. A high, slim window allows natural light and fresh air into the room.
Private and quiet, the backyard is surrounded by rambling bougainvillea hedges and has a large motor court and three garages with masses of storage space.
Bordered by Hollywood Boulevard to the north, Vista Street to the east, Sunset Blvd to the south and Fairfax to the west, Sunset Square is within walking distance of Hollywood Boulevard.
The Sunset Strip, with its restaurants, shops and nightlife is close by as is the famous Farmer’s Market, LACMA, and the Hollywood hills to the north—particularly Runyon Canyon with its natural beauty, hiking trails, and wildlife.
Cherished by the same family for nearly 60 years, this gem of a house with a Craftsman/California Bungalow pedigree will soon be snapped up by new owners who will undoubtedly live happily ever after.