In 1948, prominent housebuilder Harry L. Brittain tapped his close friend Raphael Van Buren Livingston to design a home for his family. Working with a nearly 29,000-square-foot lot, the USC-trained architect created a distinctive residence that unfolds on a grand scale.
Located in the California community of Lakewood Country Club Estates, the large property sits directly across from the golf course. The meticulously maintained midcentury home encapsulates a treasure trove of original details—including beamed ceilings, birch-paneled walls, and built-in furnishings.
Designed with entertaining in mind, the four-bedroom, five-bathroom home is centered around a spacious two-story garden room. A band of south-facing clerestory windows and a floor-to-ceiling glazed wall bathe the open space in natural light from sunrise to sunset.
Branching off the central room are additional living areas—including a family/music room, a dining area, and a kitchen. A fenced-in pool and detached pool house are located at one corner of the lot, while mature fruit trees line the other corners.
Since its completion in 1948, the residence only changed hands once when the Wachs family purchased it in the 1950s—thus giving the home its landmarked name, the Brittain-Wachs Residence. After tenderly caring for the home over a nearly 70-year period, the Wachs are now seeking a new owner for the iconic property. Scroll ahead to see more of the home, which is currently listed for $1,680,000.
4246 Lakewood Drive in Lakewood, CA, is currently listed for $1,680,000 by Nate Cole of Unique California Property.
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