LA Curbed

Midcentury with stained glass windows, built-in seating is a work of art for $2.8M

Designed by Foster Rhodes Jackson, who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright

Architect and student of Frank Lloyd Wright Foster Rhodes Jackson built his own hilltop home in the foothills city of La Verne. In a neighboring La Verne canyon, he spent years designing and building this residence in his signature organic modern style “in conjunction and consultation with Sam Maloof,” a noted woodworker who received a MacArthur “genius” grant for his work.

Walls and ceilings throughout the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home use wood, cork, and gorgeous tile. Large sliding glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows bring in sunlight; leaded and stained glass windows accentuate the whimsical nature of the space.

The house is dotted with original features—atriums, patios, and built-in furniture including sofas and bed platforms. All the bedrooms are suites, each with sitting areas, bathrooms, and even fireplaces. The master bedroom, the only upstairs room in the house, is accessed via its own Maloof-made spiral staircase.

The 7,000-square-foot house sits on over an acre and is surrounded by mature trees and lawns with seating areas.

Jackson completed a large body of work in the Pomona and San Gabriel valleys, with notable projects in Claremont and Glendora.

In his book Forgotten Modern, architectural historian Alan Hess notes that though the Pomona Valley is just an hour outside of LA, it was apparently far enough away that Jackson did not move in the same architectural community as his midcentury modern Angeleno contemporaries.

This is the first time the house has been on the open market. It’s seeking $2.8 million.

Sunny Highland Park bungalow with sweeping views asks $750K

The two-bedroom house was built in 1924.

The 1920s home has wood floors and open living spaces

Perched atop a grassy hill just a block from Figueroa Street in Highland Park, this 1920s bungalow offers cozy charm on the interior and stellar views from the covered front deck.

The entrance leads into an airy living room with wood floors and a decorative mantelpiece. Beyond that is a small dining room, which flows into the updated kitchen. The 884-square-foot residence also includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms, which both appear to have been recently renovated.

Below the house is a bonus room that currently appears to be outfitted as a library/studio space.

The home sits on a 5,702-square-foot lot and, per the listing, the buyer will have first right of refusal on an adjacent plot of land measuring in at 5,060 square feet. The lush grounds around the house include built-in bench seating, patio space, and gardens.

Last sold in 2010 for $410,000, the home is today asking $750,000.

House seen from bottom of hill
Dining room

410 Kirby Street [Deirdre Salomone/Keller Williams]

What to know about the Blue Line shutdown, set to start January 26

Buses will replace trains from downtown Long Beach to Willowbrook

Attention, Long Beach commuters: The southern half of the Blue Line will shut down for about four months beginning January 26.

Metro will halt rail service between downtown Long Beach and the Willowbrook station from January 26 until the end of May, at which point the northern half of the route will close until September. Buses will replace train cars as the agency overhauls its oldest rail line, with the goal of making it less susceptible to delays and breakdowns.

While the southern segment is closed, trains will continue running on the northern half of the Blue Line, between 7th Street/Metro Center and the 103rd Street/Watts Towers Station.

Once the project’s second phase begins, train service will be halted along the northern half of the line, but will start back up between Compton Station and Downtown Long Beach Station. Buses will then serve the stations between Watts and Downtown LA.

More imminently, during the southern closure, riders will have a few different shuttle options. If you live or work in Long Beach, Compton, or Willowbrook, here’s what you need to know about the closure:

Temporary bus routes

862 Local

This free shuttle bus will travel daily from the Downtown Long Beach Station to the 103rd Street/Watts Towers Station, stopping at every closed Blue Line station along the way.

The local buses will run every six minutes to and from Willow Street during rush-hour (5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and every 12 to 13 minutes during non-peak hours. Buses will run every 12 to 14 minutes at the stations south of Willow Street.

If taking the local bus, regular Blue Line riders will need to plan for significantly higher travel times. Metro expects trips between downtown Long Beach and Watts to take up to 85 minutes. On the Blue Line, that’s a 30-minute journey.

861 Select

Oriented toward Long Beach commuters, this bus costs $1.75, with free transfers (Metro’s standard fare for trains and buses). On its way to the 103rd Street/Watts Towers Station it will stop at every Long Beach station and the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station, where riders can transfer to the Green Line. It will skip three stops served by the 862 Local: Del Amo, Artesia, and Compton.

The 861 Select will run weekdays only, arriving every 12 minutes between 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

It will be a little faster than the free 862 Local, but not by much. Travel times from end to end are projected to be between 61 and 79 minutes, depending on the time of day.

860 Express

An option for those traveling between Long Beach and Downtown LA, this express bus costs $1.75 and will stop at every Long Beach station, in addition to the Blue Line’s three northernmost stops (LATTC/Ortho Inst. Station, Pico Station, and 7th Street/Metro Center Station).

The bus will only run weekdays, in the mornings and evenings. Morning buses will run between 5:30 a.m. and 9:55 a.m. Later buses will run between 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The express bus should come closest to replicating the Blue Line’s travel speeds. A ride from the first stop to the last is expected to take between 55 and 75 minutes.

Other options

At a Metro committee meeting Thursday, staffers suggested that some riders may want to consider taking the Silver Line during the Blue Line closure. The rapid bus runs parallel to the Blue Line, traveling along the 110 freeway between San Pedro and Downtown LA. This option would probably make most sense for commuters who park and ride or connect to the Blue Line from neighborhoods west of the route.

Metro buses 51 and 60 also serve many of the same neighborhoods and stations as the Blue Line and could be good options for some riders, particularly late at night when the 60 travels to downtown Long Beach.

Why is the closure necessary?

During the closures, Metro will upgrade most of the Blue Line’s overhead catenary wire system and signal system and it will update portions of worn-out track and aging station infrastructure. The busy Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station will also get a $109 million overhaul set to include a larger platform for riders, a customer service window, and a public plaza alongside the station.

Metro’s goal is to speed up service along the entire Blue Line, reducing travel time from 58 minutes to 48 minutes between Downtown Los Angeles to downtown Long Beach.

The closures will affect thousands of riders. Metro data shows that more than 64,000 people use the Blue Line every weekday, making it Metro’s most-ridden light rail line.

Still, the delay-prone Blue Line has struggled to attract new passengers in the last decade. Just since 2016, weekday ridership on the route has declined nearly 18 percent.

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