Keith York, Realtor
CA BRE# 01874926
(619) 417-2651
keith@modernsandiego.com
 

In sifting through San Diego's active real estate listings I think the following are of the most unique. While these are not my listings, I would be happy to provide you with help inquiring about any of these homes.

Monday, April 24 2017

NEW PRICE! $859,999
1973 Mt. Helix Ranch Style Home with amazing views to the coast
3 Bedroom, 3 bath 3,149 square feet
Contact me HERE

Custom designed mid-century home with breathtaking views of mt. Helix all the way out to the ocean. Double entry door flanked by stained glass leads you into the beautiful slate entry. Dramatic stone fireplace, high open-beamed ceilings and walls of windows provide spectacular views. Gorgeous oak flooring runs throughout the upstairs of this tri-level home. Great for entertaining with open floor plan and indoor/outdoor spaces. Such easy access to shopping, schools, parks and restaurants is a rare find.

Monday, April 24 2017


William Krisel design in Del Cerro
Listed by David Judd, REAL Home Services and Solutions - MLS# 170006119

Following his graduation from Beverly Hills High School in 1941, 16 year-old William Krisel entered USC’s School of Architecture, only to be interrupted by the U.S.’s entry into World War II. During the war Mr. Krisel worked in Army Intelligence, served as the Chinese-language interpreter for General Stillwell, and earned the Bronze Star for Valorous Service. Following he war, in 1946 Krisel returned to his studies on the GI Bill. Here his mentors would be Cal Straub, Raphael Soriano and Garrett Eckbo. Alongside his studies the young apprentice worked in the offices of Paul Lazlo and Victor Gruen and joined in partnership with Dan Saxon Palmer. At the outset the firm of Palmer and Krisel, A.I.A. Architects designed custom homes and commercial projects prior to investing their time in Los Angeles area tract homes. Pacifica won an AIA Merit Award for Design Excellence in the 1962 ‘Homes for Better Living’ Competition, which was co-sponsored by LIFE magazine and House & Home Magazine.

Wednesday, April 19 2017


The Liebhardt Residence by architect Frederick Liebhardt (1949-1950) in La Jolla
Listed by Eric Chodorow, Berkshire Hathaway HomeService - MLS# 170019500

Frederick Liebhardt was born in Fresno on May 28, 1924 and grew up in San Marino and Pasadena, California. Prior to World War II, Liebhardt attended the Curtis Wright technical school and worked briefly in aircraft engineering. Following the war, Fred attended a local lecture by Frank Lloyd Wright. After Fred’s instructor showed Mr. Wright his drawings, he asked Fred and Mimi to visit Taliesin. According to Mrs. Liebhardt, “Come be with me before they ruin you” Wright stated. In 1947 they left Colorado to join the Taliesin fellowship of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation where Fred acquired the architectural orientation that he pursued throughout his career. At Taliesin, wife Mimi acquired early skills in interior design that would propel her through her own career. Both Mimi and Fred were at Taliesin (Spring Green, WI) and Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ) in 1949. Fred and Mimi returned to a small house in Pasadena, from which they visited La Jolla and Santa Barbara looking for a place to settle. Despite Fred’s opinion that San Diego was lacking in strong architecture, they decided to move to La Jolla. Soon after arriving in San Diego Fred worked for Lloyd Ruocco where he likely worked on the Holmgren Residence. Following this brief stint, Fred worked out of the Point Loma home of fellow Taliesin apprentice Loch Crane.

Tuesday April 4, 2017

Beautiful Private Residence designed by architect William Lumpkins (ca. 1962) in La Jolla Palisades
Listed by Linda Daniels, Willis Allen Real Estate - MLS# 170003877

Artist and architect William Lumpkins was born at the Rabbit Ears Ranch near Clayton, New Mexico, in 1909, the son of a pioneer family. When his family relocated to the Roswell area, he met two men who would become mentors to him: artist Peter Hurd and writer Paul Horgan. In 1929, Lumpkins studied with artist Neil Hogner and architect Irwin Parsons at the University of New Mexico alongside other young modern artists, including Cady Wells and Andrew Dasburg. In 1934, Lumpkins received his degree in architecture from USC, and began work as a junior architect for the Works Project Administration, returning to Santa Fe in 1938. Upon his return, he befriended many of the early New Mexico modernists (Jozef Bakos, Willard Nash, B.J.O. Nordfeldt, Raymond Jonson) a group later to be considered the American heirs to “Russian Constructivism, Futurism, and the Bauhaus”. After World War II, he lived and worked as an architect and painter in La Jolla before returning with his wife and children to Santa Fe in 1967.

During his time in San Diego, Lumpkins has been credited with several private homes as well as the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1956), William and Ruth Black Residence (1949-52), John Talbot Residence (ca. 1957) and the Clyde and Charlene Rights Residence (1962) as well as an office on Fay and a house for himself in La Jolla (1955-56).

Producing drawings for numerous homes in California and the Southwest, he published Modern Spanish Pueblo Homes in 1946, a book that established his leadership in this field of design. Over the next decade, he continued to explore adobe as a form and as a material, and his 1961 book La Casa Adobe became the noted book on the subject. In this publication and subsequent work in Pueblo-based architecture, one of Lumpkins’ efforts was to articulate in his designs the internal planning of residences to the needs of modern living while maintaining the elements and concepts of Pueblo design.

Tuesday, March 14 2017


Architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg's Yen Residence (1978)
Listed by Eric Chodorow, Berkshire Hathaway HomeService - MLS# 170012588

Kendrick Bangs Kellogg grew up in Mission Beach, in the backyard of his family home, where he is said to have designed and built his first structure (a fort or club house of sorts). He attended the University of Colorado, University of Southern California, and the University of California at Berkeley. Ken Kellogg returned to San Diego working short stints in the offices of Sim Bruce Richards and Dale Naegle before hanging out his shingle and creating some of the most unique organic architecture in the U.S.

Thursday, March 2 2017


REDUCED to $2,500,000
The Loch and Clare Crane Residence (1962-64) in La Jolla. For sale for the first time.
Listed by Steve Breault, San Diego Equities - MLS# 160062465
Let me know if you have any questions about this unique home HERE

Loch Crane arrived in Point Loma from Wyoming in 1929 with his brother Russ and his mother, who had moved the family there in searching of a better place to raise her kids. Improved schooling was a priority for Mrs. Crane, and she had already taught her children to read herself. Young Loch Crane spent his time drawing incessantly and building the occasional boat with his own hands. Mrs. Crane showed her son the January 17, 1938 issue of Time Magazine, featuring Frank Lloyd Wright on the cover as “the greatest American architect of all time”. As Crane looked at the magazine, his mother said, “this is who you will go work for”. Crane was skeptical of his mother’s words. But after a number of high school drafting classes, and short stint in the offices of Richard Requa and Templeton Johnson (with Robert Mosher), he and his mother packed up her Model A Ford and drove to Taliesin West outside of Scottsdale. They arrived in Arizona in early March 1941 - Mrs. Crane brandishing a $1000 check for the fellowship tuition, and the younger Crane armed with completed drawings from Templeton Johnson’s office. Wright accepted him for the fellowship. Crane signed up for the Army Air Corps and terminated his Taliesin fellowship in April 1942. Following his WW2 service flying B-25s, Crane returned to San Diego in late 1946 and began to pick up work immediately as a building designer. Taking advantage of the GI Bill, Crane crammed a 5-year program of Architecture between 1954-57 and graduated Cum Laude from USC.

Monday, February 20 2017

COMING SOON - An intact example of an A. Quincy Jones Sun Villa
I will be listing this soon - contact me for more information HERE.

Following World War II, A. Quincy Jones returned to Los Angeles and opened an architectural office in his house in Laurel Canyon. Years before he would be widely acclaimed for his Case Study House #24 (1961-62) for Arts & Architecture, and tract house designs for developer Joseph Eichler, Jones secured his (and San Diego’s) first National American Institute of Architects ‘First Honor Award’ (in 1950) for his 1948 design - ‘Builder’s House for Hvistendahl’. The house, designed originally for developer A.C. Hvistendahl (owner of Cal-Sun Homes Building Company and Vistendahl Building Contractor in La Jolla) was available for purchase, from a model-home-office on El Cajon Boulevard.

A.C. Hvistendahl’s Cal-Sun Homes Building Company partnered with the ‘exclusive sales representatives’ Furlow & Associates, located at 4415 El Cajon Boulevard, to market Jones’ design as the ‘Sun Villa’ – and, in 1950, Magazine San Diego carried their torch. “San Diegans who have been following, with covetous eyes, the now snowballing swing to contemporary architecture in the big home and garden magazines, have often wondered why so few people have built that way here. The reason, of course, is not only the customary reluctance of most people to accept anything new, but the more fundamental drawback of high cost. The average family simply cannot afford the sizeable architect and contractor fees to build one of these rambling structures with their walls of glass and their vigorous uninhibited plans. There are hundreds of pseudo moderns around, but the truly architecturally designed contemporary homes are thinly scattered… The theory was that although good contemporary is out of the reach of the average buyer if only a single unit is designed and built, the price can be competitive when a number of houses based on a sound, advanced architectural design are constructed. The result is San Diego's Sun Villa, a functional completely modern two bedroom home in which every room in the house opens onto its own private garden...”

On Saturday, August 20, 1949 Everett F. and Elrena H. Warnes met with A.C. Hvistendahl to first discuss the building of their Sun Villa The couple had purchased a single acre lot in 1946 from James and Emma Smith. While the Furlow & Associates, the Exclusive Sales Agents, for the Sun Villa, priced the home at $8,750 complete, modifications the couple requested increased the contract price to $12,449 – signed on September 9, 1949. Work was initiated on the site in late September or early October of 1949. Throughout several weeks clients anxiously and excitedly corresponded with Mr. Hvistendahl and his colleague Mr. Millsap stating “…We are very much pleased with the fine carpentry work being done on our house…the men are happy too…”

Monday, February 20 2017

The Harrington Residence (1956) in Borrego Springs – included in 2009 Borrego Modern architectural tour
Listed by Bill Lawrence and Rebecca Falk Broker, Desert Way Realty – MLS# 170002196

Built in 1956 for Dr. & Mrs. Merrill Harrington of La Jolla, this three bedroom and two bath home is one of the earliest homes completed at de Anza Country Club. While the architect is unknown, it is likely the builder and designer was Hal Martinez (pronounced Martin-eh). During the 1950’s and 60’s, Martinez was one of the most prolific designers and builders in Borrego Springs. His resume of projects in the Valley is impressive and includes the initial de Anza clubhouse design and construction, builder for the Borrego Golf Club Estates as well as the design and construction of other prominent mid-century homes throughout the Valley.” The home was described in the 1956 What’s Building in Borrego article for the Borrego Sun: “…we have the beautiful new home of Dr. and Mrs. Merrill E. Harrington. This long, rambling ranch house with its many wonderful features is located across from the clubhouse alongside the No. 1 fairway.”

Saturday, January 28 2017


Private Home by Nakshab Development & Design in Mission Hills
Listed by Susana Mora, Coldwell Banker West - MLS# 170001736
Watch the video HERE.