Architect’s Retreat | Stuart Magruder, AIA | dpp real estate

Perched high and obscured by mature trees this private and eco-friendly oasis is a very rare and special opportunity. Designed by nationally recognized and award-winning architect Stuart Magruder as his personal residence, the 4 bedroom home has been masterfully modernized while preserving its historic charm. The first level captures the feel of the original 1941 California bungalow with its cozy living and dining spaces, original bedroom (an ideal office), bathroom and classic bay window. A chef’s kitchen and den opens onto a backyard with dining area, mature fruit trees, custom play structure and separate office (w plans available for ADU expansion). A minimalist staircase rises into the light-filled second floor addition which boasts 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The main bedroom with walk-in closet and ensuite bath is a quiet and bright retreat with expansive views of DTLA, Palos Verdes and Catalina Island. Centrally located with an impressive list of sustainable features, this architectural gem is truly one of a kind!


House Features:

  • Chef’s kitchen with two sinks and large eat-in island
  • Marble kitchen and bathroom countertops
  • Working wood fireplace with original 1941 mantle
  • 100 linear feet of built in book shelves
  • Custom tile layout in upstairs bedrooms
  • Unobstructed views out over the South Bay to Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina to the south, and the DTLA skyline to the northeast
  • Primary suite has windows on the east, south and west facades
  • Low water ‘xeriscape’ front yard
  • 4 mature and fruit bearing trees – Valencia orange, Meyer lemon, Hass avocado, and edible fig
  • Rose garden (8 varieties) and camellia garden (7 varieties)
  • Stand of bougainvillea (orange, purple, white)
  • Hardwired internet access in each bedroom, den, and kitchen
  • 62 sqft office (unpermitted) in garage hardwired for internet and land line phone service, custom bookshelves 


Sustainable Features:

  • No natural gas on site
  • Ceiling fans in every room but the dining room (7 fans, 8 rooms)
  • Heat pump water heater, heat pump condenser for heating and cooling, magnetic induction cooktop and electric full convection oven for cooking
  • Very low maintenance exterior 
  • New exterior materials - cement plaster walls, metal windows, and cedar wood rainscreen require NO maintenance
  • Metal roof will last 60 years minimum
  • Super insulated house
  • All 1st floor exterior walls were opened up and insulated in 2016
  • All 2nd floor walls made of double stud wall system – 6 1/2” of continuous insulation. R26 with no thermal bridge.
  • New roof over entire house, also double stud system – 10” of continuous insulation. R40 with no thermal bridge.
  • Entire house is wrapped in peel and stick waterproof membrane
  • Insulation + waterproofing creates very quiet interior environment
  • Entire roof and all 2nd floor walls are metal studs (not wood) avoiding termite issues
  • New 220 amp electrical service, electric car charger ready
  • Solar ready roof (can accommodate large array – 32 panels)
  • Cast iron waste piping from all 2nd floor plumbing fixtures down to the crawl space – helps minimize noise and is very durable
  • All hot and cold water supply piping is copper
  • Ultra-low flow toilets throughout

Further information, including unrealized ADU plans can be found here:

Overview of custom play structure can be accessed here:

Floorplans, including garden plan, can be downloaded below. 

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