1827 Fanning St | Silver Lake
Exquisite Art Deco Home by William Kesling
Offered at: $2,495,000
Type: Single Family / Bedrooms: 3 / Baths: 3
Living Area: 2,890 sqft / Lot Size: 6,035 sqft
The sexiest house in Silver Lake, The Hunter Residence, is a remarkable example of the Moderne style. Designed by renown architect William Kesling in 1936, this exquisite home represents an important early example of modernist residential architecture in Southern California, and has been artfully renovated for the 21st century.
The home was the longtime residence of 20th century philanthropists and socialites Nadia and Norman Kaplan, celebrated members of the Silver Lake community and founders of “Wayfinder,” a non-profit foundation. Set on a large and verdant hillside lot, the home presents an elegant and striking facade with long horizontal lines reminiscent of the steamship — a hallmark symbol of the glamorous Art Deco style and a 1930’s emblem of progress and modernity.
An expansive living room is beautifully detailed with a geometric hearth, a row of street-facing textured glass windows that soften the sunlight, and sliding glass doors that open to the viewing deck, revealing a splendid panorama of the Silver Lake hills. The spacious kitchen has been entirely remodeled and updated with stylish cabinetry and all-new appliances, creating a sophisticated atmosphere that harmonizes with this architecturally significant home. Gorgeous hardwood floors flow throughout; system improvements include lighting, electrical upgrades, and more.
A curving staircase transports you upstairs where two ensuite bedrooms await, each with deck access and abundant light; the Master enjoys brilliant views of the Silver Lake Reservoir. A sequence of rounded walls, iconic elements of the Streamline style, usher you toward the second bedroom. All baths are manicured with tasteful finishes of grey terrazzo tile mosaic and artful fittings.
On the expansive lower level, a third bedroom with a fireplace can function as your guest room, or alternatively, as an inspiring space to sequester and create. A large den is a perfect spot for screenings and leisurely pursuits. The generous hardscape patio, an enchanted setting for entertaining and al-fresco dining against the background of colorful sunsets, features a bespoke indoor/outdoor petite pool. The Hunter Residence is the only home that Kesling, who was well-known for designing sumptuous bathrooms in all his Moderne dwellings, endowed with this special spa-like feature that he referred to as the “Roman Bath.” The yard is professionally landscaped with attractive drought-tolerant flora; the street-to-street lot zoned R2 presents an opportunity for further development.
A prolific architect and builder, William Kesling had a unique ability to translate the civic building style of Art Deco to the private residence, becoming one of the most active practitioners of the Streamline Moderne in Los Angeles. Kesling homes are coveted to this day; in the Hunter Residence you’ll find the very best of what history and the present can offer. A whisper away from Silver Lake Reservoir and Sunset Junction, you’ll have quick access to the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market, Sawyer, Cafe Stella, Intelligentsia, Black Cat, Pine & Crane and more. Trader Joe’s, Gelson’s and Whole Foods 365 are just minutes away.