Rare Modernist Home Soars Above L.A.’s ‘Aerospace Capital’

Rare Modernist Home Soars Above L.A.’s ‘Aerospace Capital’

On another a part of the planet this midcentury fashionable home may appear misplaced. However in Palmdale, California, a metropolis north of Los Angeles generally known as the “Aerospace Capital of America,” it appears for all of the world like a Hollywood filming location.

Palmdale, surrounded by rugged desert terrain towards a backdrop of mountains, has been a proving floor for United States army plane for many years. NASA maintains an Armstrong Flight Analysis Middle website there on the U.S. Air Pressure Plant 42. Aerospace is a principal business.

The house, inbuilt 1986, is totally rooted within the antics of the period when cropped tops, energy fits and aerobics have been the fashion. High Gun was drawing crowds on the movie show whereas the weird dwelling, designed by James Herbert Brownell, was being accomplished at 36005 Tierra Subida Avenue.

Modernist Brownell, who drew design concepts from his travels to Japan and Europe, Scandinavian structure and Danish furnishings, was little doubt influenced by the house’s 2.5-acre hilltop website. An article in ModernSanDiego.com quotes him as having written this about his underlying design philosophy: “… the construction ought to be suited to the bodily surroundings, truthfully expressing the usage of easy supplies, dramatic, heat in feeling and designed to perform nicely for the supposed goal.”

If considered from a fighter jet screaming by way of the sky, the driveway aspect of the 6,000-square-foot home may nearly be mistaken for a number of rows of giant-sized bleacher seats. The collection of terraced rooftops will not be whimsical, nonetheless. They’re practical. The stepped platforms enclose an indoor swimming pool stretching the size of the house. A stone wall and luxurious greenery inside give the house an atrium impact.

Seen from the lake view aspect, the wood-clad dwelling is a mass of geometric shapes, outcroppings, expanses of glass and intensive decks set above a six-car storage.

Inside, the sunken lounge, with stone tile flooring, broad sliding glass doorways and wood ceiling beams, takes in views of the town, Lake Palmdale and the Antelope Valley. An undulating fireplace wraps the floor-to-ceiling stone fire.

Glass partitions with clear glass shelving enfold the formal eating room. A breakfast nook with home windows on three sides sits steps up from the middle island kitchen.

A round staircase with vertical panes set in wooden trim follows a curved wood banister upstairs, connecting three ranges. There are a complete of 5 bedrooms and 7 loos.

Past the uncommon structure and apparent cinematic prospects, itemizing agent Kenward Cooper of Strand Hill Properties, sees the house as interesting to a number of audiences.

“I envision somebody with an inventive curiosity to understand the home,” he says, imagining house used for a recording or artist studio.

“Additionally somebody who prefers seclusion,” Cooper says, “or enjoys being immersed or surrounded by nature’s scenic magnificence.”

The asking worth is US $1.499 million.


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