Modern Masterpiece

Maybe it’s a little old-fashioned, but I love the word “masterpiece.” It invokes images of superlative craftsmanship, quality, and talent. And best of all, unlike 90% of the cool words out there, it’s not overused by the real estate industry. And this house is the real deal — it’s the kind of house that people talk about — it’s practically a landmark. And it’s located in one of Long Beach’s coolest ‘hoods: Treasure Island, just South of Belmont Shore. What is Treasure Island like? Think Lido Isle in Newport with cooler houses and smaller price tags.

You might see a lot of Edward Killingsworth in this house, but it was designed by architects Palmer Power and Delma Daniel, Jr. Like Killingsworth and his projects in the area, they were presented with the challenge of designing a bright, airy, glass home on small narrow lot. Some of the construction and aesthetic detailing is different, but their solution is similar to Killingsworth, a home with a lot of glass up high, and a layout with a large courtyard helps create the feeling of space on what is a much smaller lot. Whereas Killingsworth homes have thinner, more spindly elements, this home feels blockier, bulkier, and more substantial — almost like a precursor to the 70s trends that would come over a decade later.

What I love here is the larger square footage. At almost 2,000 square feet and with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, this home “works” for a lot of family situations. One of the bedrooms has an en suite and would work as a second master.

The biggest challenge with a home like this is preserving and maintaining historic elements while also updating and modernizing. In the classic car business, there is a saying: “It’s only original once.” That like this home — you don’t want to come in an gut it.  A lot of times I ask myself: “If this home were being built today, what would the architect choose?” I rarely give our readers rules. But I’m going to issue one right now: don’t wreck the kitchen. The cabinets might look dated. The appliances are black. And the counters are Formica. I’m not saying don’t change a thing, but I will personally come and yell at anyone that removes the so-modern-for-1959 pedesetal double-level island / breakfast bar.

This is one of those landmark, special homes that stands on it’s own. It’s masterpiece. I do think the house needs to be a little more finished off at this price point. It looks great, but I have to think hard surface flooring instead of the grey carpet would go a long way. Terrazzo perhaps?

44 Palermo Walk, Long Beach, CA 90803 (MLS # RS16724592)

(all data current as of 6/25/2019)
Price $1,500,000
Beds 3
Baths 3 baths
Home size 1,964 sq ft
Lot Size 3,049 sqft
Days on Market 91
Status Sold
This 1959 Mid-Century Modern Treasure Island masterpiece was designed by internationally renowned architects Power and Daniel, just one year after they completed our spectacular Long Beach Public Library Bay Shore Branch. Ideally situated on a premier oversized corner lot, located on the highly sought after Treasure Island. Impeccably kept to its original design this home creates an environment with abundant natural light through walls of glass and a wide open living space. Downstairs offers a spacious kitchen complete with all original cabinetry and charm, the center island bar is ideally situated looking out to an incredible outdoor patio perfect for family gatherings or entertaining guests. The great room boasts two story high beamed ceilings and plenty of room to accommodate a family room space and dining area. First floor bedroom/office has a large glass slider that leads out to the patio. Large full downstairs bathroom is easily accessible for guests. Upstairs the incredibly laid out master loft suite overlooks the great room through Sochi screen doors. Large well appointed master bathroom complete with storage cabinets and dressing table with vanity. Third bedroom with en suite (could be used as a 2nd master) leads out through large glass sliders to its own private patio retreat. Straight access to the large 2 car garage make parking a simple task. Walking distance to canals and open water make this location one of a kind. This house will rocket you back in time!

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 1/13/2017 Tract Naples (NA)
Year Built 1959 Community 1 - Belmont Shore/Park,Naples,
Garage Spaces 2.0 County Los Angeles
Total Parking n/a

Additional Details

Lot 0.07 Area 1 - Belmont Shore/Park,Naples,
HOA Dues 0 Parking Spaces: 2.00
Pool Description None Subdivision Naples (NA)
Utilities Public; View Description Neighborhood
Water Public


Air None
Appliances Built In Range, Double Oven, Electric Oven, Electric Range, Freezer, Garbage Disposal
Garage Direct Garage Access, Ga, Garage, Garage - Rear Entry, Yes
Interior Balcony, Bar, Bathtub, Beamed Ceilings, High Ceilings (9 Feet+), Kitchen Island, Kitchen Open to Family Room, Open Floor Plan, Two Story Ceilings
Lot Description Corner Lot, Landscaped, Sprinkler System, Sprinklers In Front, Yard
Style Modern
View Yes


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Listing provided by : Spencer Snyder, Nationwide Real Estate Execs

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