Home of the Week: Kappe-designed Mid-Century Modern apartments in Baldwin Hills

Timed to take advantage of the Baldwin Hills boom, this eight-unit complex designed in 1958 by distinguished Modernist architect Ray Kappe has been listed by Pacific Union LA. The three-structure compound at 4150 Hillcrest Drive in Baldwin Hills Estates offers the potential to add an owner unit. 
Kappe, whose work many consider to be an extension of the Wright, Neutra and Schindler oeuvre, first gained experience as a draftsman of Eichler houses. He later worked under influential LA architect Carl Maston. As Founding Chair of the Department of Architecture at Cal State Poly Pomona, he founded the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). 
In these open-plan apartments with their flowing, clean-lined spaces, Kappe celebrates the essence of the Mid-Century ethic. Several units feature balconies with spectacular views of Downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Six have received improvements such as new flooring and enhanced baths and kitchens with upgraded fixtures, appliances and granite countertops. There are four double-car garages, securely accessed via an alley.

As a new generation of buyers discovers the central location, stunning views and homey feeling of Baldwin Hills, this complex represents a valuable and very unique investment opportunity. 
4150 Hillcrest Drive is offered at $2,595,000 by Brian Courville and JB Fung
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