PRICEList Price: $1,249,000
Sold Price $1,274,800
PROPERTY DETAILS329 N. Windsor
Los Angeles, California
Absolutely, without a doubt, the most charming house in all of Larchmont Heights! In 2010-2011, nationally-known garden designer Judy Horton transformed the front and back gardens into a horticultural paradise, a Southern California-appropriate palette of mostly Mediterranean plants. This home has a relaxed, casual atmosphere featuring: high ceiling in the living room; rebuilt fireplace and chimney; open kitchen with granite counters and center island; Viking range; plus a combination dining area, hardwood flooring, original poured glass windows, center hall, recessed lighting, and original moldings. The rear yard and gardens offer an unparalleled combination of amenities — a separate writer’s cottage plus an artist’s studio with French doors. The backyard is an oasis of natural beauty; its brilliant design features a unique “stone rug” composed of flagstone, brick and sunken terra cotta pot rims at its center. The main house consists of 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and a sitting room/3rd bedroom. This wonderful residence has a superb design exemplifying the California lifestyle. Every space and every setting expresses a devotion to craftsmanship, innovation, simplicity, and style.
by Paula Panich from her column HOME GROUND, the Larchmont Chronicle
The house in 2005 was set in a concrete, grass, and white picket fence setting.
In 2010-2011, nationally-known garden designer Judy Horton transformed the front and back gardens into a horticultural paradise, likely the most unusual and cohesive garden in Larchmont Heights.
The garden is a Southern California-appropriate palette of mostly Mediterranean plants.
The front garden is densely layered to create privacy from the street and the sidewalk in toward the house and to create garden views from the front windows to replace old views of parked cars and houses across Windsor Blvd. – and also a “garden room” with tallish shrubs to stop the eye from seeing the driveway to the south and the neighbor’s house to the north.
The south side of the front garden has roses near the house and a beautiful white-blooming multi-trunked crepe myrtle as a focal point and for seasonal variation.
On the north side, the plantings are inspired by the chaparral zones of Southern California mountains – aromatic plants, and the picturesque branching of large shrubs – arbutus, vitex, and cotinus.
The back garden is a brilliantly designed set of garden rooms. Walking back from the new driveway (also designed by Judy Horton) to the first “room” is where the edible garden is located — Meyer lemon, blueberry, tangerine, kumquat, figs and other plants are found in containers. This “room” leads to the printmaking studio, former garage, with French doors, framed by French containers with roses.
The unifying element in the back garden is the stone and gravel pathway, which is taken from Japanese garden design — not in a literal way, but in spirit.
The pathway leads to a remarkable sitting and eating area beneath a trellis of “Roger’s Red Grape” grapevines – a hybrid of a European and a native Californian grape.
The outdoor furniture sits upon a square, wonderful stone “rug,” designed by Horton , composed of flagstone, brick, and in its center, terra cotta pot rims.
Behind the seating area are 1930’s-era tall junipers, and a grey-blue painted fence.
The next “room” is a private space for one of the owners, a writer, who can look out from the exquisite 1921-era cottage, which is her writing space. The garden here is reminiscent of the Massachusetts garden she left behind in 2005, with plant elements, though not the same, are true in spirit and form.
Many of the stones in this pathway were collected by the owners and their daughters or given to them. Hence it is the “storytelling” pathway.
The canopy of this “room” is created by three Magnolia ‘Little Gem’ trees, a Japanese maple, and a number of Pittosporum tenuifolia ‘Silver Sheen.’
Exiting the house through sliding doors in the sitting room/bedroom is a grey-blue painted porch (to match back wall and the small deck in front of the writing cottage) with yet another sitting area — bodly framed by three enclosing purple-leaf (nonbearing) plum trees. The purpose of these trees is to make the space more a part of the interior of the house. Steps lead down into the garden and almost directly to the writing cottage.
The dance of light throughout this garden at every turn is magical.
PROPERTY FEATURESMLS Number: 16-166846
Garage Spaces: 1
Year Built: 1921
Lot Size: 4,998
Property Type: Single Family
Property Status: Current