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For sale: 6 homes by famous architects

Broughton House
Broughton House
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Asking price: $825,000

This California modern, built in 1949, was designed by Craig Ellwood.

"The house is really all about the simplicity, the windows," says Barry Dane, agent for Keller Williams Realty Hollywood Hills, the company listing the house.

The living room is glass on three sides and has the original brick fireplace. "It's very open -- it feels almost loft-like," he says.

Located north of Bel Air, the 1,660-square-foot home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, Dane says.

The kitchen has "really beautiful" black terrazzo floors with stainless steel inlay, he says. "It's very forward-thinking for 1948."

While the kitchen has been updated, "keeping updates consistent with the original style is the right move," Smart says.

Ellwood was himself a California success story. A Texas native, he moved to L.A. and -- in spite of having no architectural license -- was recognized as one of the best architects of his day and helped create the "California modern" style.

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