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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A side-by-side Silver Lake comparision of Barbara Bestor style and prices


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Architect Barbara Bestor, author of “Bohemian Modern: Living in Silver Lake,”  has left her stamp across the hills of Silver Lake and other nearby neighborhoods with new and remodeled homes that would make any Dwell reader drool.  But Bestor homes come in all shapes and styles, including two dramatically different examples that sit next to each other on a Silver Lake hillside on Baxter Street. Last week, the Bestor designed-house at 2300 Baxter Street (left photo)  went up for sale for $925,000. It’s a home that might be described as entry-level Bohemian Modern, with a steeply pitched roof,  simple front stoop and cement-board siding painted a dull green. If 2300 Baxter reflects a low-key design and sensibility, the next door neighbor at 2312 Baxter Street (right photo), also a Bestor-designed home, is anything but.

This bigger Bestor home composed of stark white boxes partially covered with strips of unpainted wood is perhaps more suitable for Bohemians on a much larger budget.  The house sprawls over 6,400-square-feet (about four times as large as the Bestor next door) and features walnut floors, six bathrooms, three fireplaces and  large swimming pool.  The bigger Bestor is not for sale. However, when it went on the market in 2007, it sold in 11 days for $3.35 million.



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3 comments

  1. Informative post! Love Bestor’s work and it’s interesting to note the diversity of price and style.

  2. I can’t tell any of that ’90’s Dwell style stuff apart- Bestor tries to “own” what is the predominant watered down and unimaginative architectectural style of the last century. . . let her have it. Bohemian Modern? Let’s not congratulate ourselves for turning middle aged and finally making modernism safe enough for mass consumption.

  3. A $925,000 home is entry-level . . . . for a billionaire.

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