Steeply pitched roofs. Half-timbered walls. Tall narrow windows and leaded glass. The early home builders of Atwater Village were certainly fond of the Tudor-Revival style, with numerous homes large and small displaying elements of English-inspired architecture. The two-story, 1931 home at the corner of Glenfeliz Boulevard and Hollypark Place is one of these Atwater Tudors, and its now on sale at $799,000, according to Redfin. Besides Tudor touches on the exterior, the inside features five bedrooms in more than 2,000 square feet of space.
How did L.A. become a hot spot for a style of architecture that first came into vogue more than 500 years ago on the British isles?
The whimsical Tudor Revival-style homes, along with Spanish-Colonial Revival cottages, of the 1920s and 1930s were part of Los Angeles’ fantasy-land mystique that was popularized by the movies, according to Los Angeles: The End of the Rainbow. Says author Merry Oynek:
Rather than intimidating the passerby as the earlier houses had, the revival houses of the 1920s and ’30s work magic on the passing audience; like any successful stage-pay or film, they suspend disbelief and bring the viewer into the mood of the production. They give him a vicarious role in a delightful , exciting entertainment. They are contagiously happy homes.
Maybe it’s time for an Atwater Tudorville (as opposed to Toonerville) Home Tour.