Sold: The Drake Residence, Paul Tay (1950)
3916 Lemon Ave., Long Beach
3 bedrooms | 2 Baths | 1,475 SF | 6,474 SF Lot | Map
Built in 1950 on spec, 3916 Lemon Ave provided then young architect Paul Tay with an opportunity to showcase the studied sophistication he would soon become known for. Large clerestory windows and dramatic cantilevered beams give notice that a distinctly modernist home lies beyond the private gate. Past entrance courtyard and front door, a black slate tiled foyer gives way to an expansive cork floored great room flooded with light from a wall of south facing windows. In playful variances of height and subtle divisions of space, Tay's architecture is ever present. Roman brick faced fireplace and large wall of built-ins topped with charcoal hued Heath tile provide focal point for the open plan living/dining room. The spacious and well organized U-shaped kitchen is adjacent, providing an inspired workspace. With walls of glass and private patios at every facing, the house feels dramatically larger than advertised. Designed for total privacy, the pool and gardens create an oasis for relaxation and entertaining. Current owners have made extensive updates: renovation of kitchen + both baths, heating & central A/C, electrical panel + wiring, replastered/replumbed pool(ecosmart system), landscaping, lighting, and much more. Well situated on a peaceful street in the coveted neighborhood of Bixby Knolls; in close proximity to fine dining, shopping, and award winning schools.