5146 Los Franciscos Way | Los Feliz
Nestled below the Griffith Park Observatory, in the serene foothills of the Los Feliz Estates sits the Hong Residence, a Mid-Century 4 bedroom, 3 bath post and beam masterpiece created by the noted architectural firm of Buff and Hensman with associate, Roger Hong, in 1968 for his family, Mr. and Mrs. Y. C. Hong.
Featured in LA TIMES Home magazine in 1969, writer Dan McMasters compared its bold arching lines to a “mother bird hovering protectively over its nest”.
Enter through the Porte-cochere from a circular drive with carport to an inner garden that leads to a two-story central hall at main level. Symmetrically balanced Living room/dining area and den/study straddle a spacious kitchen that affords an ideal cooking space with eggshell Caesarstone counters, original oil-rubbed walnut cabinets, and center island with prep sink and Miele and Sub-Zero stainless steel appliances.
Refurbished with restraint and acknowledgement to its original style with flannel charcoal terrazzo floors, wide-plank wood open frame stairs and subdued period lighting. In contrast to many of the low ceiling post and beam homes of its day, the Hong house boasts soaring 20 ft high vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams. Walls of glass invite light in from every direction and unobstructed panoramic southern and western views of the downtown skyline to the ocean from most rooms. Sliding glass doors open to a private pool and outdoor living room patio with Jacuzzi, Ipe wood deck, built in barbecue and pebble stone surround.