1755 Oak Lane::My Current Obsession
The funny thing about 1755 Oak is that I must have passed it without giving a thought hundreds of times in the past quarter century. Driving home from my grandparents home on Briar back to Edgemont every Sunday, we went right by and my interest wasn't even piqued. A few years ago, as I took a meandering drive, I noticed 1755 Oak and was devastatingly smitten. It's obvious that this high Mid-Century home was built balancing each principle of modern design. The house builds upon itself as it climbs the hill. The angled roofs, the clerestory windows, the private front balanced by an expansive rear view. There's no question that the home was built to take advantage of the striking western valley view. From the last photo you can see a hint of the panorama.
You can see the balconey porches that hide the carport and the way to the walk out basement. Even the mix of materials like brick, glass, and wood, showcase a home in harmony with it's surroundings. There are only two bad thigns about 1755 Oak. The first is the most obvious. In a neighborhood with tended gardens and manicured lawns, 1755 stands as a home that is not loved. The plants and trees are overgrown with a tangled mess of thickets and weeds.Junk surrounds the carport and some of the siding badly needs a sand and paint.
The second problem with the home is that I do not live there. I live with a little panic in my soul that 1755 Oak will be sold within a few years to a couple who do not understand modern design and will turn the house into a mock-California stucco monster.
In the meantime, I can drive past 1755 Oak and think of all the marvelous things I would do to wrest this home from the gaping jaws of a rustic remodel. The thicket would have to go. A tree trimming and flower bed renewal. New windows and paint for the siding. If the outside of a home is this glaringly ignored, I can only imagine what the interior has descended into--80s country mauve floral wallpaper? A thorough cleaning and carpet removal. New wooden floors, or maybe a tile option. Mosaic in the kitchen to compliment the new stainless appliances. Period fixtures and updated bathrooms (taking care to keep all the vintage tile.) New books in the library and a clean chimeny. Oh, 1755 Oak would be loved again.