A midcentury in the Crestwood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles is now available for the first time in 65 years. Built in 1952 by local architect Willard Hall Francis as his primary residence, the most recent owners purchased the property in 1955 and lovingly preserved it ever since. Of the home's many features, the most alluring is a central atrium, from which light pours in onto shag carpeting, wood-paneled walls, and a collection of vintage furnishings.
A prolific painter, architect, and all around polymath, Francis studied arts and architecture at UC Berkeley after first graduating with a degree in physics from Caltech. He was also known to collaborate on projects with the renowned landscape architect Garrett Eckbo. Based on artifacts around the home, it is believed that Eckbo designed the original outdoor areas at this property as well.
Most recently, Dr. Alfred Goldberg and his wife, Ruth, enjoyed the home for nearly seven decades. Dr. Goldberg, who passed away in 2019 at the age of 98, was a prominent Freudian psychoanalyst in Los Angeles, nationally recognized as a specialist in Ego Psychology and a teacher in the Advanced Dream Workshop and Continuous Case seminars. Mrs. Goldberg heralded from an intellectual family with ties to Sigmund Freud himself.
While the existing home most likely qualifies for historic landmark registration and attendant property tax benefits, the large .60-acre lot provides opportunities for further additions as well. Keep scrolling to see more of this midcentury time capsule, currently listed for $1,995,000.
801 Broom Way in Los Angeles, California, is currently listed for $1,995,000 by Brian Linder, AIA, and Rick Grahn of The Value of Architecture.
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