This Mint-Condition Midcentury in L.A. Will Take You Back to 1960
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This Mint-Condition Midcentury in L.A. Will Take You Back to 1960

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By Kathryn M.
You can rent architect Bruce Warren Norcross’s gorgeous post-and-beam design for $7,000 a month.

Designed by architect Bruce Warren Norcross as his personal home, this glass-walled residence feels like a 1960 time capsule. It boasts a classic midcentury design and finishes that remain in mint condition—all the way down to the original kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures.

The Norcross Residence is perched on a hillside in Eagle Rock, north of downtown Los Angeles. Built in 1960, the single-story home was designed by architect Bruce Warren Norcross as his personal residence.

A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Architecture, Norcross decided to embrace the post-and-beam style for his hilltop home. The nearly 2,000-square-foot residence features a great room with floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the backyard pool. A series of 10 beams run across the entire structure, creating a sturdy skeleton wrapped in a facade of red brick and glass.

A side patio reveals the structure's clean lines and seamless blends of brickwork. Red-paneled fencing shields much of the yard from the street.

Some six decades after its completion in 1960, the home boasts many original details, including matched-grain walnut built-ins, brick flooring, and a general color scheme that nails the midcentury-modern look. Keep scrolling to see more of this gem, which is currently available to rent for $7,000 per month.

Steel beams form a continuous skeleton across the width of the home, extending out to form an overhang and covering a deck off of the kitchen. The great room is an open space stretching across most of the rear facade.

Glass doors provide access to the gravel patio and wraparound deck. Norcross selected brick flooring and designed built-ins for the living room, carefully matching the grains for each piece.

A portion of the deck cantilevers over the backyard pool. The same brick from the living room covers a portion of the surface, providing continuity between indoors and out.

Back inside, a formal dining area sits just behind the kitchen, divided by original walnut cabinetry. Shades of teal, marigold, and peach pop throughout the space.

The original kitchen remains largely in tact, offering double ovens, an electric stovetop, and porcelain sink. A small desk in the corner provides a space to work or prepare meals.

One of three bedrooms, the master suite offers large sliding glass door and a private deck. The minimalist space is flooded in natural light from additional windows along the side of the room.

The master bathroom retains its original cabinetry and fixtures, as well as multi-colored tiles. A sliding glass door opens onto a private portion of the deck.

Another corner of the home offers space for a home office or additional bedroom. Louvered windows let in the cool breeze, while clerestory windows and other large panes of glass warm the room with sunlight.

A lap pool is the centerpiece of the resort-like backyard. Lush greenery surrounds the 30,000-square-foot lot, providing ample privacy for relaxing and entertaining.

The home also offers a sunken patio underneath the main level. A series of stairs lead up to the property's many outdoor areas—including a gazebo-like structure that picks up the home's post-and-beam design.

The Norcross Residence at 5325 Hermosa Avenue in Eagle Rock, CA, is currently listed for $7,000 per month by Crosby Doe Associates.

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