The Jules Brady Residence: Alice In Wonderland Modernism

As with their Case Study House #25, the modernist firm of Killingsworth, Brady, & Associates designed this home fronted by a towering 17-foot high front door that opens to a private and secure outdoor patio.This interior courtyard allows for a two-story floor-to-ceiling glass facade and a seamless indoor-outdoor relationship while respecting privacy in an urban environment.

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Passing through monumental french doors into the living space one encounters dramatic 18-foot ceilings. Beyond the living room is a large dining area with it’s own private garden view and built-in wet bar made of a beautiful oiled walnut. The kitchen counter and cabinets are elevated above the floor like fine furniture, allowing windows to show below and clerestory above. A pantry, guest bedroom with 3/4 bath, laundry area, and oversized two car garage with walls of storage round out the main floor.

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The second story is reached by an impressive steel staircase with sculptural walnut railing. A skylit conversation/study area with a second fireplace overlooks the living area and courtyard below via two balconies. From this vantage point, one may also enjoy the courtyard and diffused landscape beyond. Adjacent to the study is a built-in office alcove, hidden behind floor to ceiling sliding shutters; a large window floods this space with light.

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Beyond more privacy shutters is an expansive dressing room/foyer with walk-in closet, vanity, and full bath on each side of the room. Original plans outline how the space was designed with the potential to be reconfigured to give the home 4 bedrooms, each having it’s own bath.

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Finally, the incredibly spacious master bedroom: a loft like space open to it’s own bathroom with glass enclosed shower, dual sinks, and roman tub. Natural light floods the entire area through nine skylights. Heating and cooling is zoned with 3 specific furnaces and a/c units.

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Located on a picturesque street in the Virginia Country Club neighborhood of Long Beach, California, the home’s central location allows for commutes to both Los Angeles and Orange County, as well as close proximity to the newly invigorated Bixby Knolls commercial corridor’s dining and shopping. And, if you want it, sign on the dotted line with $998,000.

3,154 SF Home
5,861 SF Lot
Oversized 2 Car Garage

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