A. Quincy Jones and Whitney R. Smith, Architects | Schott House, 1948. City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 682. One of four original parcels perched high in the historic Crestwood Hills neighborhood, with a large flat yard, ample privacy between lots, and views across the canyon, it’s easy to see how this home served as the model for hundreds of architect-designed homes to come in the influential cultural experiment then known as the Mutual Housing Association. Responsive to the terrain, sophisticated in scale and proportion, and efficient in the use of materials, this home presented a novel blueprint for California modernism. Iconic original details remain intact: expressed post and beam structure, redwood siding inside and out, Douglas fir ceilings, articulated concrete block walls, clerestory windows, and large sliding glass doors that open to outdoor patios and gardens beyond. Respectfully restored by Cory Buckner, the architect who literally wrote the book on A. Quincy Jones, the home has been gracefully expanded to align with a twenty-first century lifestyle, including new kitchen and bath finishes, blue limestone counters, slate and hardwood floors, and an integrated pool and spa. Main House: 3 Bedrooms + Office, 3 Baths, 2,339 Square Feet, plus a stand-alone 400 SF Guest House/ADU. Mills Act provides substantial property tax savings.
The structure illuminated at nighttime.
Hidden in yet another corner of the lot is an inviting pool and spa.
The beautifully preserved redwood-clad walls are on full display throughout the long hallway.
Inside, the home offers many original features—from a cinder block fireplace to Douglas fir ceilings and redwood-clad walls. The home's long-time owners modernized and expanded the structure while respecting Jones's and Smith's original design intentions.
Opposite the fireplace, clerestory windows wrap around the living area.
Outside, the rear yard provides multiple spaces for lounging and entertaining.
The split-level floor plan leads up from the living area to the breakfast nook and kitchen.
A look back at the living area from the breakfast nook.
The kitchen cabinets also extend into an adjacent family room.
The modernized kitchen works within the original post-and-beam construction and retains redwood cladding around the island in order to match the rest of the home. The space also features blue limestone countertops and slate tile flooring.
The sunlit family room features sliding glass doors that provide direct access to the surrounding patio and backyard.
Sited on one of the four original parcels developed in Crestwood Hills, this midcentury home was designed by architect A. Quincy Jones in partnership with architect Whitney R. Smith. The structure was among the first built in a cooperative community called the Mutual Housing Association, and it is now on the market for the first time since 1994.