The Kambara Residence by Richard Neutra hits the market for the very first time. There has been only one owner and the house was kept all original. There were eight or so of these colony houses at Silver Lake California. The name conveys that these homes were similar in style and construction but to the contrary they were separate and individual. Neutra believed that the well being of a person was directly linked to their home. Not that I have that sort of money but 2.3M seams pretty reasonable for such and amazing pice of architecture.
James Evans the architect responsible for this stunning mid century in New Canaan was a student of Louis Kahn. The unique hyperbolic paraboloid roof design is not something you see every day. The roof is so dramatic put pure in shape. The upper floor is nice and open although the floors and the cabinets aren’t doing anything for me, I guess that is personal taste. Could you image calling this structure home and pulling up to it every day after work? It could be your for a cool 2M.
The modern white house by Malone Maxwell Borson Architects appears to be an older build but there isn’t any additional info that I can find on their site. The combination of white brick and the aluminum fame windows is a nice combo. The amount of windows create a dramatic pattern echoing the horizontal bricks. I don’t care for the interior choices so much but the structure is amazing.
Guest Post by Yoriko Thomas
Homeowners and homebuyers talk at length about the importance of curb appeal when people are looking to buy or sell a home. The first impression a potential buyer gets of the house is the view from the street, and if a house doesn’t look inviting or stylish from the front walkway, it’s unlikely to net as much as the sellers want.
While you might not hear about it when it comes to apartment complexes, curb appeal is just as important — if not more so. Apartment complex managers are not looking to sell their property just once, like home sellers, but dozens if not hundreds of times, even within the same few months.
The way an apartment looks from the outside is crucial in getting potential renters to stop and take a look at available units. If the grass between your units is dying and riddled with weeds, or if your parking lot is crumbling to bits and filled with trash, you’re losing out on valuable lessees with money to spend. Here’s how to make sure your apartment complex has the curb appeal it needs to attract the top tenants.
Make Your Landscaping Pop
You could have granite countertops and walk-in closets in your apartments, but no one will stop to find out if your complex is surrounded by a grubby dirt lot. Even if you made sure to landscape when you bought the property 20 years ago, your plants might have died or become overgrown, or maybe the designs have just become outdated and unappealing to new renters.
While it is a step in the right direction to lay down grass beds and pull up weeds, there are a few more cost-effective ways to make your landscaping look appealing. Strategically placed color adds life to a dreary landscape, so plant flowers and other colorful plants around your property. You can coordinate your flowers with your apartment’s color scheme or even with the season or holiday.
You can also spruce up your landscaping by adding upgraded signage and practical landscaping features, like new shiny cluster mailboxes. These details may seem minor, but they could date your complex and detract from its appearance. If your landscaping is creative and modern, you’ll pull in more applications.
Light Up the Night
Apartment hunting doesn’t always stop when the sun goes down. You can draw attention to your complex at night by adding attractive outdoor lights. However, you must be careful to create the ideal balance between light and dark. While no one is going to notice a pitch-black apartment complex, an overly bright housing area creates problems for tenants that most applicants want to avoid.
The biggest mistake is not using enough fixtures and creating too many dark spaces. Don’t limit lights to entrances; instead, highlight your interesting landscaping features with lighting and create visual interest with some cut-ins. Not only does lighting look attractive, but it speaks to the safety and security of your complex as well. With the right balance of illumination, you’ll create a stunning and memorable atmosphere.
Repave and Reap the Benefits
One of the biggest eyesores an apartment complex can have is an old parking lot. While parking lots can be expensive to update, they are a crucial part of most complexes, and their health factors strongly into a potential tenant’s decision. Most renters don’t want to pay rent to a complex that isn’t looking after the safety of their vehicles.
If your lot has potholes, cracks, a crumbling surface, or disappearing lines, it’s time to stop deferring and start repaving. The look of a fresh driveway and parking lot is as powerful as the most modern of architecture, and the faster you address paving problems when they appear, the longer you’ll have to wait between serious repaving projects. During the repaving, you’ll even have the opportunity to add other attractive features like covered parking or paver stones to give your lot an upgraded look.
If you aren’t updating your apartment complex’s exterior features every few years, you are likely missing out on rent payments. Even a coat of fresh paint on the complex’s exteriors is enough to liven up a dreary space. Be creative and unique in your landscaping and lighting, and make sure the essential aspects of your outdoor space are kept up to code. The curb appeal of your complex brings in more than rent, and it will pay off in the long run if you keep it up.
Lately I can’t get enough of mid century homes for sale. This mid century in Grand Rapids was designed by the nationally renowned architect H.H. Cole in 1961 for the Merkel family. The box design is different than the post and beam I like but I would certainly live here in a heart beat. The star case is pretty amazing as the first thing you see when entering the house. All of the mahogany in the house is warm and inviting.
This Palm Springs fashion editorial by ilse de boer photographed by tim zaragoza for air france madame is pretty nice. Is Palm Springs really that cool that you can just do a photo shoot in the street and have it look good? I think they should have taken it inside a few of these homes. The mid century modern architecture is times and could make just about any fashion look amazing.