In the late 2000s, after years living abroad, Andrew moved to Los Angeles and set his sights on buying a home. But after combing the city for months, he still hadn’t found a place that met his criteria: a well-built midcentury home that was connected to public transportation.
He was on a tour in 2008 of historic homes in Glendale that brought him to Adams Hill, a hilly neighborhood in southeast Glendale, just north of Forest Lawn. On the tour, Andrew noticed a house across from one of the show homes was for sale. That house turned out to be exactly what he was looking for.
Andrew’s 1963 midcentury home was built by a young architect, David Alexman, who’d graduated from the USC School of Architecture in the 1950s. The approximately 1,800-square-foot post and beam house sits on a steep, sloping lot, and has a wall of windows facing north, offering sweeping views of the San Gabriel Mountains and the occasional police chase on the 134 Freeway.
For Andrew, the appeal of the house goes beyond the current vogue that all things midcentury is enjoying. “Right now,