Mid-Century Modern Home Listings for $2.5 Million in North Vancouver

Built in 1961, this design was inspired by influential architect Richard Neutra’s concept for a California modern house

If you suddenly woke up in this house, you might think that a time machine took you back to California in the 1950s.

This is because this house was designed based on a case study of a modern house in California by the influential Austrian-American architect Richard Neutra.

On Friday, the property is located at 661 Windsor Road. East in North Vancouver is listed for $2.5 million. The home, which its listing agent called the “Starlet House,” is 2,213 square feet and features simple post-and-beam construction, a flat, pitched roof and large windows that open to a wooded backyard.

“A true representation of mid-century modern California, the Starlet House was recently chosen to be recreated on the set of a popular US TV show as the home of the main character,” said real estate agent Trent Rodney of West Coast Modern. “Sixty-two years after her North Vancouver debut, this Californian beauty is back in the spotlight.”

Located in the Princess Park neighborhood, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home is 8,712 square feet. The entrance is lit by a large skylight surrounded by a sunken planter. Inside there is an open floor plan, with large windows to connect to the home’s exterior.

The house was designed by British Columbia architect Gordon Hartley, who modeled it on the never-built Case Study House No. 6 in Neutra, Rodney explains.

“The Starlet House preserves these features and adapts them to the North Vancouver context, particularly through the use of local cedar and granite,” the release states.

“As a pioneering figure in his adopted state, Neutra’s influence extended northward as well. Between 1946 and 1953, he gave a series of lectures at the University of British Columbia that left a lasting impact on a whole generation of young architects such as Arthur Erickson and Ron Thom, who later took up his design philosophies and Adapting it to British Columbia’s climate and landscape to create what would become known as the West Coast style.

Hartley attended the School of Architecture at the University of British Columbia during the time Neutra came to lecture. He designed numerous residential, commercial and civil projects, and opened his own office in 1960.

Hartley moved to Kelowna in 1956, and lived there until his death in 2017. As a member of the Central Okanagan Heritage Society, he was involved in Benvolen Church Hall, the restoration of Guisachan House and the authenticity of homes and buildings that claim heritage. , according to an obituary. He was awarded the Anita Tozer Award as Kelowna Citizen of the Year in 2006.

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