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josquin



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 2:50 pm    Post subject: Blair House Harwell H. Harris Reply with quote

The Blair House by Harwell Hamilton Harris, 1939, is up for sale after a multi-year restoration. The restoration appears to have been quite good and the house looks far better than it did before the last sale. The simply amazing price of 1.6 million for this small one bedroom and one bath house is a bit perplexing.

Here's the listing:
http://crosbydoe.com/address/800/The-Mary-and-Lee-Blair-Residence-1939
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KevinW



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sure would like to see a close-up of the corners..is that a sheet metal corner detail? Is that original? Was it a solution to separated mitred corner joints..(something I am in the process of dealing with at the Beharka house)..
Curious if anyone out there has in-depth knowledge of this house..Thanks.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote




What a sweetheart. The living-room bump-out evokes the Fellowship Park aerie more than any part of any other Harris house, it seems; the bedroom
with attached deck and 270 views is heart-stopping. And the sheltered patio within the embrace of house and hill is heaven itself.

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DavidC



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Previous thread on the Blair House


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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

josquin, for that neighborhood (spitting distance from RMS's Kallis House), $1.6M is not high. There are 1-bedroom condos in WeHo for more.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Harris must have been pleased with this plan. It succeeds on multiple levels (no pun intended -- well, maybe a little). The house is a gem that would have been protected long since, by a sane and sympathetic local or national citizenry . . .

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peterm



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Superb, and worth every penny plus more. Does it get any better than Harris?
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just noticed the orientation of the Blair House. In Lisa Germany's book on HHH, she states that the house has magnificent views of Los Angeles, even the Fox Studio back lot (now Century City). Truth is, the house faces due north toward the San Fernando Valley. That might make its appropriate valuation $1.5M. There are some interiors on Crosby Doe's web site.

Crosby Doe hasn't had a page in the Sunday Times for awhile, but this week he shows not only Blair and the RMS Church, but the grand Edmands House by Arthur & Alfred Heineman, an A&C masterpiece in Pasadena, and only $4.98M!
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

. . . or, you could look further north, and settle for ersatz architecture for too much money !

These images appeared in today's San Francisco Examiner, in a realtors' supplement. The houses are very convincing digital work:


HomesByDavidon.com -- "The Highlands of Los Gatos"

Another way to spend multiple millions on a home in California, at the moment ? I'm kind of taken with the brick house . . . as an exterior expression.
Who knows what's inside ?

SDR
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Wrighter



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Location: St. Louis, MO

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One interior photo of Santella Court here. Brace for disappointment.

http://www.trulia.com/property/3170389554-15330-Santella-Ct-Los-Gatos-CA-95032
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't understand: What is a "Junior Master Bedroom"? Space for an excess spouse?
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