Artisan homes from the early 20th century are a respected part of California’s architectural history. Examples of the home style, which grew out of the international Arts and Crafts movement, can be found all over LA.

Built around 1912, this Santa Monica craftsman stands out for contributing to the Palisades Tract Historic District. As such, the historic home earned Mills Act historic status and receives its associated property tax savings.

The two-story corner house is on a street lined with other listed properties, including one designed by famed Craftsman architects Greene and Greene.

The first floor of the south-facing house is covered with horizontal clapboards. Above it are wooden shingles.

In accordance with the style, the gabled roof is fitted with visible rafter tails. Mature trees, hedges and lawn soften the asymmetrical facade.

Concrete steps lead to the wide sunken porch, another hallmark of the Craftsman style. Four square brick columns support the verandah roof. Side lights frame the front door.

The interior details and woodwork have been retained, while modern updates have been carefully incorporated.

A living room with a tile-fronted fireplace is located off the hall. The living room connects to a library with built-in appliances and a bay window. Behind it is a light-filled conservatory.

The dining room, which is on the other side of the entrance hall, features wooden ceiling beams and panelling.

The kitchen, with white cabinetry and a white subway tile backsplash, sits on a butcher’s block with a prep and dining area. A bay window with stained glass upper windows overlooks the garden.

The primary suite features a balcony, walk-in closet, skylights and a spa-inspired bathroom. A spiral staircase leads to a loft seating area.

A two room guest wing has a separate entrance for a total of six bedrooms and five bathrooms.

There is storage space available in the basement, attic and garage for three cars, which is not subject to the landmark designation and could be converted.

The spacious backyard contains an outdoor kitchen with barbecue, a terrace with fire pit and a boules court. The pool has a hot tub and waterfall. Avocado, fig and citrus trees complete the site.

David Kramer and Andres Buss of Hilton & Hyland are the listing agents for 405 Palisades Ave., Santa Monica. The asking price is US$12,499 million.

The property is near Palisades Park, beaches, restaurants and shops. Los Angeles International Airport is approximately 14 miles away.


Story courtesy of Forbes

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