Refined midcentury in Montecito Heights by Design Assembly

Lauren Moore moved into a nondescript midcentury home on a uniquely architectural street in Montecito Heights seven years ago. After a recent overhaul, the word that best fits the house is refined.

Completed in 1965, the home is part of an architectural development called The Cliffs. The original real estate brochure read, “Bold. Dynamic. Contemporary. New homes with character. Architectural design approached with vigor. Two levels. Three levels. Split levels. Set on view lots overlooking the Montecito Hills. Winding streets, secluded, different. Only minutes in time, but miles in feeling, from downtown Los Angeles and the Civic Center. Seriously, consider buying one. They’re for people who don’t like wishy-washy things.”

Renovated midcentury in Montecito Heights
The balcony view

A little further up the hill, 3767 Latrobe St sits just below street level between mature eucalyptus and pepper trees. Until recently, the home was not up to par for Lauren, who —  along with Dylan Collie — runs Design Assembly, a Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary design and development firm that prides itself on finding value and inspiration in creating spaces as an experience to inspire and cultivate a deeper connection to home. With this in mind, they set about refining the home before bringing it to market.

Staircase of Renovated midcentury

The custom Dutch door opens to 1,340 square feet of living space grounded in the central themes of Modernism: open space, high levels of natural light, and an indoor/outdoor connection.

A hallway takes you to the open living and dining area, where large sliding glass doors frame beautiful lush views towards the park that you can enjoy from the comfort of your sofa or out on the balcony. The kitchen opens off the main living space, with new appliances, Calcutta marble countertops, aged brass fixtures, and a door and windows open to a deck, allowing easy communication with your friends while you prep for dinner. A bathroom with a clawfoot tub completes this level.

All three bedrooms are located upstairs, with two facing the canyon. The primary bedroom has terra cotta floors and an adjoining bathroom. The home has a two-car garage, laundry/gardening room, new central heat and air, and custom light fixtures. The asking price is $1.295 million.

The kitchen area of Renovated midcentury
The kitchen area
The dining place and wooden stools
Listing courtesy of Stefanie Angel | Keller Williams
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