Verne Strong was on the cutting edge. With the opportunity to build a home in NW Glendale in 1950, he was drawn to the recent commercial designs of local coffee shops done by John Lautner. The style was so recent it would not even be coined as “Googie” until two years later – and the name captures the futuristic confidence and whimsy of the 50’s so well. Fortunately, the original design has been well preserved. So for the first time in my 28 years in real estate I can say “Welcome to a Googie in Glendale”.
As art it has the great angles and materials of this style. As a home it is a wonderfully creative space in which to enjoy life. The formal entry is off center and overlooks the large living and dining spaces with their cool original floors, fireplace, high ceilings and natural light. The master suite is spacious with its own high ceiling and very cool master bath. The open kitchen is pure 50’s Googie-ness coffee shop complete with the angled glass “pie display” cabinets. Upstairs there are two more bedrooms and another preserved bath.
With preservation as his mantra, the Owner also sought to update some of the infrastructure by installing new air conditioning and heating units as well as a new roof during his tenure. He also tastefully landscaped the front and rear yards to compliment the architecture as well as reduce water consumption. Several new windows were installed as well to increase energy conservation. The rear grounds are a joy for outdoor entertaining and there is an attached garage as well.
offered by: Craig Farestveit