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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Eastside Property: Welcome to Tudorville aka Atwater Village

Photo from Redfin.com

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.



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One comment

  1. What a small world.

    I was born in LA County General, and spent the first few years of life on Hollpark Place near Glenfeliz. (Born 1943, moved to Long Beach in 47 or 48). This house belonged to Rose Picone, who would invite me over for breakfast in her beautiful garden. I can see it as clear as a bell in my mind.

    Dad was born in Anaheim in 1913; I’m guessing we moved to Atwater because his old boyhood friend, Bob Broughton, had moved to Dover Place or Street (Bob worked for Disney, became a Disney legend, liked to walk to work which he could do at the old Hyperion/Mickey Mouse Studio.)

    Great memories. May that house go to a good owner, who invites the neighborhood kids over for a pleasant breakfast.

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