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6 open houses to check out this weekend in Los Angeles

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Take a self-guided architecture tour!

Welcome to the first edition of a new weekly series rounding up open houses to check out over the weekend. This premier installment focuses on a bumper crop of properties designed by notable architects, because who doesn’t love a little real estate (and design) gawking?

Courtesy of Mark Meyer and Sophie Marquart/Compass

Where: 3574 Multiview Drive, LA 90068
When: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 15

This two-story post-and-beam in the Hollywood Hills was built in 1949 for Millard Kaufman, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and the co-creator of the cartoon character Mr. Magoo, and his wife, Lorraine. Three top-notch modernists—Richard Neutra, Alexander Ban, and Josef Van Der Kar—played a role in the home’s design and expansion, and its grounds were planned by renowned landscape architect Garrett Eckbo.

Thoroughly renovated in 2018, the 2,503-square-foot home has four bedrooms, three baths, beamed ceilings, multiple skylights, hardwood and concrete floors, and walls of glass. It’s listed with Mark Meyer and Sophie Marquart of Compass at an asking price of $2.999 million.

Courtesy of Keith Fisher/Berkshire Hathaway

Where: 4024 Murietta Ave., Sherman Oaks, 91423
When: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 15

Oscar-winning animator Ub Iwerks, who co-created the Mickey Mouse character with Walt Disney, commissioned John Lautner to design this football-shaped home in Sherman Oaks in 1958. However, disagreements between the client and modernist architect eventually led Lautner to cede its completion to his draftsman, Taliesin West disciple James Charlton.

Tucked into a lushly tropical setting at the end of a private drive, the striking four-bedroom residence features ample expanses of glass, concrete and bamboo floors, and original hardware, lighting, and built-in cabinetry. It’s listed with Keith Fisher of Berkshire Hathaway for an asking price of $2.279 million.

Courtesy of Marc Silver and Barry Sloane/Compass

Where: 2255 Verde Oak Dr., LA 90068
When: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 15 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 17

Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 130, the Samuel-Novarro House was designed by Lloyd Wright in 1928 for talent agent Louis Samuel, who sold it to silver screen idol Ramon Navarro. An iconic presence in the Los Feliz Oaks, the 2,690-square-foot Mayan-influenced residence features concrete floors, steel-banded casement windows, built-ins, and oxidized copper accents. It’s listed with Marc Silver and Barry Sloane of Compass at an asking price of $4.195 million.

Courtesy of Craig Terrien/Redfin

Where: 6217 Corbin Ave., Tarzana CA 91356
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, September 12

Located in the Valley tract known as Corbin Palms, this Tarzana home was designed by the influential partnership of Palmer and Krisel in 1955. Situated on a .37-acre lot, it features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, beamed ceilings, original wood parquet flooring, a sizable swimming pool, and a detached studio space. The updated residence is listed with Craig Terrien of Redfin at an asking price of $898,000.

Courtesy of Brian Linder and Rick Grahn/Compass

Where: 11922 Gorham Ave., #2, Brentwood, 90049
When: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 15

Architects Gary L. Scherquist and James C. Moore designed this clean-lined condominium complex in Brentwood in 1981. The building contains five units, one of which has just been listed by its longterm owner, Architecture + Design Museum founding member Ann Videriksen. Measuring 1,903 square feet, it has two bedrooms and three baths. Features include cork flooring, lofty ceilings, built-ins, two fireplaces, French doors, and multiple private outdoor spaces. The unit is listed with Brian Linder and Rick Grahn of Compass for an asking price of $1.299 million.

Courtesy of Amy Vandermeulen

Where: 589 S. Woodland St., Orange CA 92869
When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 14

Built in the early 1960s, Fairhaven was the first of three tracts developed by Joseph Eichler in the city of Orange. The 140 Eichler homes in Fairhaven vary in style and were built using six different floor plans designed by two of Eichler’s primary architectural firms, Jones and Emmons and Anshen and Allen.

Now up for grabs is a four-bedroom, two-bath modern described as having been restored to “original condition.” Vintage features include Philippine mahogany paneling throughout the home, original kitchen counter tops, original Thermador stove top and oven, while updates include new cork flooring, tile, appliances, landscaping, and a new tankless water heater. On a 9,400-square-foot lot, the property is listed with Amy Vandermeulen for an asking price of $1.029 million.