A. Quincy Jones | The Richard & Helen Arens House, 1949

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A. Quincy Jones and Whitney R. Smith, Architects | The Richard and Helen Arens House, 1949. City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 720. High up in the Santa Monica Mountains of Brentwood, this landmark home is one of the best surviving examples of the forward-looking Mutual Housing Association’s postwar experiment. The architecture is elegantly simple: a low-slung horizontal roof with tongue-and-groove ceiling resting gently on composite beams and slender posts – the purest expression of form and function. The second owners have impeccably restored and renovated the home in keeping with the original design intent, with a Poliform Italian kitchen, Corian countertops, high-end stainless steel appliances, cork and polished concrete floors, custom cabinetry, decorative tile, and European fixtures. A rare hillside pool and hardscape provide panoramic views of the Santa Monica Bay, all the way to Catalina. Mills Act status ensures a substantial reduction in annual property taxes, but grandfathered addition may allow future expansion to include a second story with views. 4 BD, 2 BA, 2,232 SF.

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Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Mid-Century Building Type, Flat RoofLine, and House Building Type. A look at the Richard and Helen Arens House, located on a quiet, tree-lined street in Brentwood. Photo  of A. Quincy Jones | The Richard & Helen Arens House, 1949

A look at the Richard and Helen Arens House, located on a quiet, tree-lined street in Brentwood.

Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, House Building Type, and Flat RoofLine. The spacious backyard features a pristine hillside pool and hardscape overlooking panoramic views from the Santa Monica Bay all the way to Catalina. Photo 2 of A. Quincy Jones | The Richard & Helen Arens House, 1949

The spacious backyard features a pristine hillside pool and hardscape overlooking panoramic views from the Santa Monica Bay all the way to Catalina.

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Modern home with Outdoor, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Shrubs, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, Stone Fences, Wall, Retaining Fences, Wall, Raised Planters, Back Yard, and Trees. Photo 4 of A. Quincy Jones | The Richard & Helen Arens House, 1949
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While conveniently located in the Westside of Los Angeles, the home offers a quiet city escape. Photo 6 of A. Quincy Jones | The Richard & Helen Arens House, 1949 modern home

While conveniently located in the Westside of Los Angeles, the home offers a quiet city escape.

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Modern home with Staircase, Metal Railing, and Wood Tread. A cheerful bright green door welcomes guests into the thoughtfully restored 1949 home. Photo 9 of A. Quincy Jones | The Richard & Helen Arens House, 1949

A cheerful bright green door welcomes guests into the thoughtfully restored 1949 home.

Modern home with Dining Room, Rug Floor, Table, Ceiling Lighting, Chair, Shelves, Floor Lighting, and Concrete Floor. Resting gently on slender beams and posts, the original tongue-and-groove ceiling embodies the purest expression of form and function. Photo 10 of A. Quincy Jones | The Richard & Helen Arens House, 1949

Resting gently on slender beams and posts, the original tongue-and-groove ceiling embodies the purest expression of form and function.

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Modern home with Shelves, Concrete Floor, Floor Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, and Chair. Strategically placed windows allow ample natural light to illuminate the single-story interior. Photo 12 of A. Quincy Jones | The Richard & Helen Arens House, 1949

Strategically placed windows allow ample natural light to illuminate the single-story interior.

Modern home with Concrete Floor, Rug Floor, Shelves, and Floor Lighting. Rich textured wood paneling lines the living room walls, contrasting nicely against the polished concrete floors. Photo 13 of A. Quincy Jones | The Richard & Helen Arens House, 1949

Rich textured wood paneling lines the living room walls, contrasting nicely against the polished concrete floors.

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Modern home with Concrete Floor. The Poliform Italian kitchen features Corian countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and custom cabinetry. Photo 15 of A. Quincy Jones | The Richard & Helen Arens House, 1949

The Poliform Italian kitchen features Corian countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and custom cabinetry.

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Modern home with Concrete Floor. Colorful, geometric artwork adds a playful touch to one of the home's four bedrooms. Photo 19 of A. Quincy Jones | The Richard & Helen Arens House, 1949

Colorful, geometric artwork adds a playful touch to one of the home's four bedrooms.

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