Craig Ellwood’s Smith House in Brentwood Seeks A New Owner

Craig Ellwood’s Iconic Smith House is looking for a new owner – preferably someone who won’t tear it down.

SaveDesigned in 1955 and completed in 1958, this classic example of modernist architecture was built on a hillside lot in Crestwood Hills. It stands today in near original condition and represents Ellwood’s belief that “Society judges a building by its visual expression. Thus, the substance of architecture is form, and this alone has survival value.”

Craig Ellwoods Smith House
Second floor with a great outside view

Today, as you walk through this steel-framed dwelling, the designer knew exactly what he was doing.

When describing the home, Ellwood explains the house as “A ‘T’ shaped plan was chosen to provide view benefits in consideration of the area. The vertical of the ‘T’ containing the living and dining area had a dual purpose. It provided the most dramatic vantage point for viewing the coastal city lights and ocean to the south and establishing the framework for the future bedroom suite directly below.”

The living room of the Craig Ellwoods Smith House
Craig Ellwoods Smith House

During the day, the open floor plan with walls of glass provides a continuous view of Santa Monica Bay and Palos Verdes. At night, the house appears to float over the canyon effortlessly.

Fingers crossed, the next owner appreciates this Craig Ellwood classic and restores this beautiful example of modern architecture.

Listing courtesy of Mary Young – Teles Properties

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