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Resting on a slight hill in Bel-Air, A. Quincy Jones’ Nordlinger House #1 is sheathed in redwood and shrouded in history. While close to the enclave of Crestwood Hills, this home may not be one of Jonses’ 30 surviving highly sought-after works. But it’s still a stunning example of Mid-Century Modern architecture designed by one of the movement’s stalwarts.

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First built in 1948, the residence is described by An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles as “Very much under the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright.” While there is no denying FLM’s impact on A. Quincy Jones and all Mid-Century Modern architects, the Nordlinger House more than stands on its own. Projections and cantilevered balconies give sharp and strong lines to the exterior, while the redwood exterior works to soften them.

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The entry is composed of a glass-enclosed stairway leading to an open floor plan. The living, dining and family rooms are all connected and easily serviced by the kitchen. The free standing brick fireplace acts as the focal point of the living room, surrounded by expansive glass walls and windows and access to the backyard “with ample room for pool.”

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The 2,950-square-foot house devotes its entire second story to the master suite, with its wrap around balcony and distant city views. The remaining two bedrooms, a maid’s quarters, or “housekeeper’s suite” as the listing calls it, are located on the first floor. The home has three and a half baths, a service room, a two car garage and a large lot size of nearly 13,000 square feet.

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The listing toutes the property as an “excellent restoration opportunity.” A teardown would certainly be a tragedy. We hope it finds a loving buyer to completely restore the marvelous Modern. Even just saying goodbye to the seventies shag carpet and painting the house outside and in would make for a quick move-in-ready update to this spectacular home. Nordlinger House is asking $1.75 million. In current high-end market conditions, particularly in the Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills and all of west Los Angeles, that price should be considered a steal for the opportunity to own a historic piece of architecture.

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