Midcentury modern by Gilbert Leong in Silver Lake seeks second-ever owner

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A native Angeleno born in 1911 to Chinese immigrant parents, Gilbert Leong led quite an action-packed life. He studied painting and sculpture at the Chouinard Art Institute under Millard Sheets, then became the first Chinese American to graduate from USC’s architecture program. After serving in the US Navy during World War II, Leong worked in the offices of Paul R. Williams and Harwell Hamilton Harris before striking out on his own.

A co-founder of East West Bank, Leong designed many of Chinatown’s public and commercial structures as well as numerous private residences, such as this midcentury modern in Silver Lake, now on the market for the first time ever.

Built in 1960, the post and beam occupies a 7,508-square-foot hillside lot overlooking the west side of the Silver Lake Reservoir. The three bedroom, two-bath residence has been well preserved over the years and retains many original features, including beamed ceilings, built-in shelving, a disappearing room divider, solid wood cabinetry, bathroom tile and countertops, and window treatments.

Updates include new hardwood floors, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, copper plumbing, central heat/air, and a 200 amp electrical panel. The property also features multiple decks, a landscaped backyard, and a two-car garage with additional workshop area. Asking price is $1.349 million.

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