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Location: Long Beach, Calif.
The Skinny: Much of the adulatory attention of fans of Southern California midcentury design is understandably focused on the Hollywood Hills and Silver Lake districts of Los Angeles, but the other end of the L.A. basin the city of Long Beach is also home to a unique and valuable collection of post war architecture. This beautiful little home by Francis J. Heusel (who also designed the nearby Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the Long Beach County Building, among many others) joins designs by Cliff May, Richard Neutra>, Killingsworth, Brady & Smith (and more!) in forming a substantial body of excellent midcentury residential design in Long Beach and adjacent South Bay communities. Built in 1954, the airy three-bedroom home in the port city's historic Peninsula neighborhood has been lovingly renovated, with fun color highlights added and the kitchen receiving a total redo. Clerestory windows and skylights fill the home with sunlight, and the downstairs patio offers a private, if smallish, place to enjoy the Pacific Ocean breezes. Located literally steps from the beach on one side and Alamitos Bay on the other, the 1,500-square-foot home is asking $1.249M.