Los Angeles poster artist Robbie Conal and his wife, movie and television title designer Deborah Ross, have listed their Gregory Ain-designed home in Mar Vista for $1,149,000.
The 1,857-square-foot house is one of the largest in a development of 52 so-called "Modernique Homes," which strove to combine good design and low-cost housing in the postwar years. Conal and Ross were both interested in the Ain homes before they met in 1987.
"They were designed with a romantically progressive ideal of everyday social interaction, including contiguous — shared — lawns," Conal said.
The couple increased the size and functionality of the house while retaining such original details as the sliding room dividers, clerestory windows and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Houses in the tract follow variations of similar footprints that can be configured to suit the owners' needs.
"The thing I love most about the floor plan is that it is completely laid out for 'Mom' … a true matriarchal design — in 1948," he said. The kitchen is in the front of the house with the sink looking out the front window. "Mom can see anyone approaching the house, as well as the kids, if they happen to be playing out front."