1930s Country English in Eagle Rock by CJ Smale Asking $949K

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Open House: Sunday Oct 25 between 2 PM – 5 PM

4960 College View Ave, Eagle Rock

Price: $994,000

Beds, Baths: 3 BR, 2 BA

Floor Area: 1,833 sq. ft.

Per the Listing: “Wish you could find a comfortable, character, architect-designed home? Wind your way along a curving stone path through a drought-tolerant garden to this 1939 English country home. The architect, Clarence J. Smale, worked throughout the Los Angeles area in the 20s and 30s designing interesting homes, apartment buildings, and theaters. The main floor has an entry hall, spacious living room, formal dining room, 2 bedrooms, and a third convertible den/bedroom with decorative fireplace. The kitchen, large and light-filled with a center island perfect for entertaining or casual meals with the family, opens onto a deck that overlooks the backyard and has a view across the Eagle Rock Valley. Downstairs is the laundry, an office, a bonus room used as a bedroom with its own bath, and the attached 2-car garage. And then, the backyard–a stone-lined fairyland with a shed that could house Little Red Riding Hood, surrounded by trees, including a wonderful avocado loaded with fruit.”

Born in Los Angeles in 1886, CJ Smale’s designs include the streamline/baroque Loyola Theater in Westchester, residences for Buster Keaton and Nat King Cole, and Hancock Park’s stunning Art Deco landmark Smith House. Architectural purists may want to avert their eyes from this particular example of Smale’s work, as it appears to have been subjected to a fair amount of tampering over the years. Sited on a 9,245-square-foot lot, the house last traded hands back in 1989 for $322,500.

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