Designed by famed midcentury architects Conrad Buff and Donald Hensman as one of their earlier projects, this attractive residence is now on the market in Glendale’s historic Glenoaks Canyon neighborhood, asking $1.2 million. Built in 1954 for L.A. Department of Water and Power employee Diran Hovaguimian and his wife Ellena — ethnic Armenians who were admirers of the pair’s work on the Conrad and Mary Buff apartment house in Eagle Rock, where they’d previously rented a unit — and meticulously maintained through the decades since, the post and beam home is believed to be the city’s only intact structure produced by the prestigious firm that later became known as Buff, Straub & Hensman.
Fittingly known as the Hovaguimian House, the midcentury modern has walls of windows enhancing an indoor-outdoor connection, along with period details ranging from exposed dark-stained beams to brown matte tile floors. Along with some 100 other architecturally significant buildings, the dwelling is listed on the Glendale Register of Historic Resources.
Nestled into the side of a steep hill, on a compact 0.14-acre parcel of land dotted with wild native plants and coast live oaks, the flat-roofed abode boasts a striking exterior marked by gray wood-lap siding and exposed rafters. It’s fronted by a two-vehicle attached carport; inside, just over 1,230 square feet of open living space on a single level includes two bedrooms and two updated bathrooms retaining some of their original fixtures and finishes.
A short winding path of railroad ties flanked by black Japanese river stones and ornamental evergreens leads to the frosted glass front door, which opens to a spacious living room sporting a beamed ceiling and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace adorned with a floating hearth. The adjacent dining area adjoins a wood-clad kitchen outfitted with newer stainless appliances, Corian countertops, a subway tile backsplash and cook’s island.
Additional highlights include a primary bedroom featuring a bath equipped with a combination tub-shower and its own entrance. Outdoors, mature trees and greenery encase a duo of private patios ideal for al fresco dining and entertaining; and elsewhere on the slender lot is a small studio/office space. Last sold in 2020 for $943,880, the property will transfer with a 10-year Mills Act contract, meaning homeowners are eligible for reduced property taxes in exchange for preserving the historic house.
The listing is held by Chris Suarez of Dilbeck Real Estate.
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