This Midcentury Home For Sale Is Not Your Regular Ranch House

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By Paige Alexus / Published by Dwell
Tucked into the hill in La Habra Heights, California is a midcentury ranch house that was designed by architect James H. Krueger and is currently on the market for $819,000.

Though the home’s original origin is a mystery, its unique modernist character and handmade quality is unmistakable. Consisting of three bedrooms and two bathrooms on a single-acre lot at the edge of Orange County, it’s surrounded by horse property and looks out to commanding views of the valley. Listing agent Nate Cole explained that one of the only confirmed details they know about its history is that the creator was most likely a Whittier architect, and that he built it for him and his family to live in for a large chunk of time. 

Take a look below to discover the creative and surprising details that can be found throughout this captivating residence—and find out more by visiting the listing here.

This Midcentury Home For Sale Is Not Your Regular Ranch House - Photo 1 of 9 - Nate Cole of Coldwell Banker explained that this home is possibly the only one of its kind in the neighborhood. The front of the house sits slightly hidden from the street and boasts a vibrant orange front door. 

Nate Cole of Coldwell Banker explained that this home is possibly the only one of its kind in the neighborhood. The front of the house sits slightly hidden from the street and boasts a vibrant orange front door. 

This Midcentury Home For Sale Is Not Your Regular Ranch House - Photo 2 of 9 - An impressive stone staircase leads down to the entrance of the house. Here, you'll also find an aggregate concrete floor treatment, which continues to be a theme throughout both the interior and exterior. 

An impressive stone staircase leads down to the entrance of the house. Here, you'll also find an aggregate concrete floor treatment, which continues to be a theme throughout both the interior and exterior. 

This Midcentury Home For Sale Is Not Your Regular Ranch House - Photo 3 of 9 - When you enter into the house, you find yourself in an open space that combines the living and dining rooms—and is lined with floor-to-ceiling glass. The dining area is marked by the same aggregate concrete flooring that began in the front of the house. 

When you enter into the house, you find yourself in an open space that combines the living and dining rooms—and is lined with floor-to-ceiling glass. The dining area is marked by the same aggregate concrete flooring that began in the front of the house. 

This Midcentury Home For Sale Is Not Your Regular Ranch House - Photo 4 of 9 -  The vaulted, post-and-beam ceilings make the living spaces feel larger than they actually are. 

 The vaulted, post-and-beam ceilings make the living spaces feel larger than they actually are. 

This Midcentury Home For Sale Is Not Your Regular Ranch House - Photo 5 of 9 - A wall of quarry tile surrounds the freestanding fireplace that takes centerstage in the living room. Cole pointed out that though it's original to the house, its initial orange color has been painted over. 

A wall of quarry tile surrounds the freestanding fireplace that takes centerstage in the living room. Cole pointed out that though it's original to the house, its initial orange color has been painted over. 

This Midcentury Home For Sale Is Not Your Regular Ranch House - Photo 6 of 9 - The interior features glossy finished concrete floors and a number of original globe lights overhead. 

The interior features glossy finished concrete floors and a number of original globe lights overhead. 

This Midcentury Home For Sale Is Not Your Regular Ranch House - Photo 7 of 9 -  If you look carefully, you’ll see subtle sections of stained glass throughout the house, which was possibly created by the original architect himself. 

 If you look carefully, you’ll see subtle sections of stained glass throughout the house, which was possibly created by the original architect himself. 

This Midcentury Home For Sale Is Not Your Regular Ranch House - Photo 8 of 9 - The master bathroom has been updated with George Nelson’s sculptured tiles from Pomona Tile Manufacturing Co. The shower wall features the "Laurel Leaf" pattern, which is a bas-relief treatment of a single diagonal leaf motif with both raised and recessed areas. The most recent homeowner also installed etched glass to mimic the motif of the tile.  

The master bathroom has been updated with George Nelson’s sculptured tiles from Pomona Tile Manufacturing Co. The shower wall features the "Laurel Leaf" pattern, which is a bas-relief treatment of a single diagonal leaf motif with both raised and recessed areas. The most recent homeowner also installed etched glass to mimic the motif of the tile.  

This Midcentury Home For Sale Is Not Your Regular Ranch House - Photo 9 of 9 - The outdoor space can be accessed directly from the living area and includes a deck, lawn, and a section that’s perfect for an outdoor dining table setup—which sits on top of terra cotta tile and more aggregate concrete floors. 

The outdoor space can be accessed directly from the living area and includes a deck, lawn, and a section that’s perfect for an outdoor dining table setup—which sits on top of terra cotta tile and more aggregate concrete floors. 

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