I like to write posts like this; it reminds me that even in this crazy real estate market, there are still deals to be had, diamonds to be discovered in the rough, and homes worth putting the time and energy into redoing. So this home is in a bit of a crazy neighborhood. It borders Los Coyotes Country Club and is technically in Buena Park. If you’re thinking of Knotts Berry Farm — it’s not anywhere near there. And this property is part of the Fullerton Joint High School District.
But let’s talk about why you even clicked this link — it wasn’t for me to talk about Buena Park. This large home was built in 1955. Big square footage homes may be commonplace now, they certainly were not in 1959. This neighborhood was unique in that it is a combination of custom homes (Donald Wexler actually built one of his US Steel collaboration homes on the golf course here, and a selection of floor plans from different developers. We believe this bold modern beauty was designed by the firm of Buff, Straub, and Hensman. They did a lot of custom homes in the Pasadena / La Canada-Flintridge area. And are known as one of the few modernists to fully embrace multi-level homes. What is great about this house is that it almost seemed to predict the future of housing in California. This home is a blueprint for the big modernist “contemporary” homes that would be designed and built in the late 60’s to mid 70’s — including the 3 car garage! But the design here is more pure, less Spanish and stands on its own.
And let us not forget the 17,000 square foot lot. This home is priced in the $800’s. But it is only a good renovation and some land development from being well into the millions. It’s a great opportunity for someone who has a sense of vision and the wherewithal to see it through.
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