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Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, California
In the late 1950s, SoCal's late, great "architect to the stars" Paul Williams was tapped to design a neighborhood of modern tract houses at Rancho Palos Verdes' SeaView neighborhood. This bright, breezy, and well-maintained midcentury is one of the 190 units Williams built for the new seaside community. The 1,950-square-foot home, which comes with three bedrooms and four baths spread over a truly spacious open floor plan, is now on the market for $1.399M.
The 1960 dwelling, equipped with a professional grade kitchen, keeps many of the original features conceived by Williams, including the stone floor-to-ceiling fireplace typical of his SeaView homes. In recent years, a band of SeaView property owners have tried (unsuccessfully) to secure historic preservation status for these homes based on the significance of the architect and the fact that they actually don't "look cookie-cutter." (Williams offered eight different exterior styles for these properties.)