Not long after graduating from USC in 1960, architect Clifton Jones Jr. was eager to put his education to work on his family’s property in Long Beach, California.
Held by the Jones Family since the 1940s, the property had been used for decades as pasture and training facilities for their thoroughbred racehorses (the paddock was even converted into a victory garden during WWII).
In 1964, Jones turned roughly a third of his family’s land into residential use with the creation of Cerritos Circle, a development featuring 42 buildings with one- and two-story apartments that embody the teachings of his USC professors, who included eminent midcentury architects such as Conrad Buff, Calvin Straub, Don Hensman, and Ed Killingsworth.
Following the then-revolutionary trend of post-and-beam construction, Jones created "garden homes" with walls of glass that opened up the interior spaces and pulled the outdoors in.
One such garden duplex by Jones has hit the market after being recently renovated. The sensitively updated home comprises two mirror-image units, each roughly 1,200 square feet in size.
Lofty ceilings, an abundance of glazing, and an open-plan layout make the home feel much larger than its 2,414-square-foot footprint suggests.
Each unit features two bedrooms and two baths, a spacious open-plan living and dining area, updated kitchens, a private front courtyard, a fenced back yard, and attached garages with laundry. Recent updates include new roofing, newly renovated kitchens and baths, new appliances and flooring, electrical panels, landscaping, fencing, garage doors, and more.
The duplex layout is designed to allow two families to live side by side and gives the homeowner the option to live in one half of the house while renting out the other.
4121 / 4123 Del Mar Ave. Long Beach, CA is now being listed by Unique California Property for $1,049,000. See the full listing here.
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