Naples Island modern seeking $5.5M could be absolutely fabulous

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In the mid-1950s, Ray Kappe was just embarking on what turned out to be one of the most innovative and exciting modern architectural careers in Los Angeles.

He found instant success in 1954 with one of his earliest projects, the National Boulevard Apartments in West Los Angeles. The next year, a Long Beach couple hired Kappe, who was working out of his office in Reseda, to oversee a remodel of their home fronting Naples Canal.

That home, dubbed the Stoner House for the couple and its longtime owners, Willis and Katherine Stoner, is now landing on the market for the first time since it was constructed in 1946.

It looks to have remained largely untouched since Kappe worked on it, and is in need of TLC. But it’s overflowing with potential: There are vintage light fixtures, beamed ceilings, stone fireplaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows on two levels with serene views across the canal and Alamitos Bay.

The home measures 2,911 square feet and holds three bedrooms and three baths—and it comes with five boat slips that, per the listing, can accommodate a “sizable yacht.”

You’ll need a big budget to save it. The asking price is $5.5 million.










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