A Dreary 1920s Tudor in L.A. Gets a Dashing New Look—and Hits the Market at $1.9M
A 1928 Tudor in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles is back on the market after a multiyear renovation led by Bungalowe and Vein Design. The home was last sold in 2018, and its formerly dated interior is now a sleek blend of contrasting black and white tones. The home has also more than doubled in size thanks in part to the transformation of a previously unused attic into an airy second floor with 13-foot vaulted ceilings.
"We wanted to stay true to the original character of the house," says Sapna Aggarwal of Bungalowe. "The neighborhood is lined with English Tudors and Spanish-style homes, so it was important to us that we keep it that way." Subtle changes to the exterior retained the Tudor style, while the interior received the bulk of the team’s efforts. "There was no way of achieving our interior goals while keeping the original layout. Our challenge was to modernize the space so it would appeal to families without stripping away the charm."
"Even though this was our first project, we came in with a very clear vision for the overall style," explains Sapna. "We wanted to create a sophisticated look without it feeling cold."
The team opted to give the home a cohesive look with a palette of contrasting color tones with natural wood accents. Finishes of satin brass and sage green complement the look. "We also didn’t want to risk overlooking subtle nuances due to our lack of experience. Nicole at VEIN Design was the perfect partner on this project."
"The functionality of the space was very important to us," Sapna explains. "The existing layout was far from spacious, with tiny bedrooms, extremely tight bathrooms, and a very choppy floor plan. Having Nicole on our team helped us execute a perfect flow."
The team added approximately 600 square feet to the lower level—creating a new den at the back of the kitchen, as well as a separate laundry room. The transformation of the unused attic space increased the floor plan by another several hundred square feet. "Adding the extra space allowed us to define each room and maximize utility. The kitchen is spacious without sacrificing the warmth felt in traditional Tudor kitchens, with features like a cozy breakfast nook and apron-front sink."
"The most exciting and challenging part about the project was the scope. Not only did the existing footprint need to be completely reimagined, but there was an entire attic space with stunning vaulted ceilings that wasn't being utilized at all."
The newly reclaimed second floor offers a principal suite, as well as an additional bedroom and bathroom. In total, the property has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and 3,201 square feet of living space. A private walking trail branches off from the nearly half-acre lot and leads to a hilltop with views of downtown L.A. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, which is currently listed for $1,899,000.
5414 Dahlia Drive in Los Angeles, California, is currently listed for $1,899,000 by Dominique Madden of ACME Real Estate / @acmerealestate.
Renovation Design: @bungalowe_la in partnership with Vein Design (Editor’s Note: The homeowners initially discussed a redesign with Betsy Cole at Negative Studio.)
Landscape Design: Jonathan Froines
Staging: Pride of Place
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