Exuberant Finishes Star in This Asian-Inflected Time Capsule Designed By Paul R. Williams, $1.25M
Where: 4351 Mount Vernon Drive, View Park
What: A sexy, 3-bed, 3-bath home, built for entertaining in 1964 and almost unaltered since.
Designed by famed architect Paul R. Williams in what was once a whites-only restricted neighorhood of luxury homes– until 1948 when such covenants were struck down by the Supreme Court and prosperous black professionals and entertainers moved in– View Park is now a designated National Historic District (via Curbed LA.) Below, what might otherwise be a typical ranch instead has chinoiserie fretwork on the garage doors and a classic red laquered front door, but otherwise it's free of overtly Asian references. So, no overt pagoda kitsch.
Although the furniture is gone, the house appears basically unchanged since its construction, bringing black lacquer cabinets and screens, stone walls and a clear love of wallpaper to the party.
What We Love: Unlike most "time-capsules" we see, there's nothing sad about this place. It's a well-worn fixer that speaks for an era now long gone.
More: Check out the listing for additional details and images.