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.
A look at the Richard and Helen Arens House, located on a quiet, tree-lined street in Brentwood.
The spacious backyard features a pristine hillside pool and hardscape overlooking panoramic views from the Santa Monica Bay all the way to Catalina.
While conveniently located in the Westside of Los Angeles, the home offers a quiet city escape.
A cheerful bright green door welcomes guests into the thoughtfully restored 1949 home.
Resting gently on slender beams and posts, the original tongue-and-groove ceiling embodies the purest expression of form and function.
Strategically placed windows allow ample natural light to illuminate the single-story interior.
Rich textured wood paneling lines the living room walls, contrasting nicely against the polished concrete floors.
The Poliform Italian kitchen features Corian countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and custom cabinetry.
Colorful, geometric artwork adds a playful touch to one of the home's four bedrooms.