Celebrated Architect Ray Kappe’s First Single-Family Home Is Now Up for Grabs

Known as the Goetschel House, the 1954 residence is on the market for $2.2M after a spellbinding revamp.
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Location: 272 Mesa Lila Road, Glendale, California

Price: $2,189,000

Architect: Ray Kappe, FAIA

Year Built: 1954

Footprint: 1,721 square feet (three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths)

Lot Size: 8,377 square feet

From the Agent: "For sale is late architect Ray Kappe’s first single-family residence, which ignited the start of his pioneering and influential career that would span nearly seven decades. At Mesa Lila, you see Kappe’s explorations into a vocabulary that would signify his early works. The emphasis is on spatial expansion, focusing inhabitants toward the surrounding nature and distant views. Natural light spills in from all directions, animating the space and casting slow moving shadows throughout the day. Plus, the property just underwent a complete overhaul of systems and restoration of finishes. This is the latest project by HabHouse, who have built their reputation upon sensitive rehabilitations of architectural properties."

Set amidst native California live oak trees in the Verdugo Woodlands, the midcentury home is a quiet escape near downtown Los Angeles.

In the living room, a restored stone fireplace sits sandwiched between large windows.

Complete with new appliances, the open kitchen overlooks the living and dining areas.

Original wood-clad walls and post-and-beam construction continue into the primary suite.

The backyard features mountain views, an original Kappe-designed pool, and new equipment, plaster, tile, and coping.

Related Reading: An Architect’s Remembrance of the Great Ray Kappe

272 Mesa Lila Road in Glendale, California, is currently listed for $2,189,000 by Nate Cole of Unique California Property and Joey Kiralla and Michelle St. Clair of Sotheby’s International Realty.


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