A Spanish-style villa on a palm tree–dotted street in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, has just come on the market for the first time in 50 years. The current owner of the two-level, 2,800-square-foot residence is Christine Albers, who bought it with her partner in 1969 after moving to the area from Berlin. Things were, admittedly, a bit simpler back then.
"Buying a house was very easy in those days," says Christine, who was visiting her brother-in-law when she saw the "For Sale" sign on the property’s front lawn. "We approached the owner who lived just across the street, expressed interest, shook hands, drew out money from our Berlin bank, and then started life in Southern California."
Part of what drew the Albers to the residence was its secluded setting. "Back then, the freeways were yet to be built, so it really felt like a life in nature," she continues. "It's still very peaceful here, but at that time—with the canyon and spring blossoms—it was beautiful."
Over the years, the couple have tenderly cared for the abode, restoring original details while integrating a number of modern amenities, including ceramic tile flooring in the living spaces and a large pool in the backyard. They also added a detached guesthouse, which has also served as a home office.
"I always loved how light and airy the home felt, and how easy it was to maintain," says Christine. On the ground level, an open layout connects the primary gathering areas, with expansive windows and glass doors catering to seamless indoor/outdoor flow. Upstairs are two spacious bedrooms, along with a sun-kissed library/study area.
While an avocado tree was already planted when the coupled moved in (and still thrives today), they’ve nurtured more trees throughout the decades, including lime, kumquat, orange, lemon, and fig. "With such extensive greenery around, it doesn’t feel like you are in the city," says Christine. Scroll ahead to see more of the residence, now listed for $1,699,000.
5437 Dahlia Drive in Los Angeles, California, is currently available for $1,699,000 by Tracy Do of Compass.
Know of a home for sale or rent that should be featured on Dwell.com? Find out how to submit to Dwell.
Get the Real Estate Newsletter
From midcentury classics to the best contemporary spaces for sale, see the latest listings for modern homes on the market around the world.