Despite what everyone’s favorite philosophizing reptile Kermit the Frog claims, it really is quite easy “Bein’ Green” — at least when it comes to this groovy little retro house in the charming Monrovia suburb of Los Angeles. With its strikingly emerald-hued façade, the updated modernist pad surely isn’t one to be overlooked or undervalued. Last sold about six months ago for just $827,000, the home is now back on the market once again for just shy of $1.3 million.
Embedded into a hillside parcel at the end of a private road, on nearly an acre of land nestled amid the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, the three-bedroom, three-bath property was originally built back in the 1950s. It’s since been completely remodeled by prior owners and today features just over 1,700 square feet of living space that mixes period touches with distinctly modern amenities, including post-and-beam ceilings, vintage wallpaper, European oak floors, and whole-house security and audio systems. Floor-to ceiling walls of glass in almost every room offer up breathtaking mountain and city lights views.
Fronted by a two-car garage and single carport, the two-story wood structure is accented by curving brick retaining walls, a glass-encased upper level and wraparound balconies. Towering double doors painted an orangish shade lead into open-concept interiors boasting a family room with a freestanding Malm fireplace and wet bar, plus a small office space and dining room topped by a stylish Moroccan-inspired light fixture. A gourmet kitchen sports custom cabinetry, quartz countertops and stainless appliances — including the original restored double oven — and a breakfast nook with built-in seating.
Upstairs, the primary suite contains a walk-in closet, and bath adorned with dual vanities and a walk-in shower. Elsewhere in the house are two additional ensuite bedrooms — one on the upper level that has a soaking tub and large picture window overlooking the grounds, and another on the lower level with its own entrance and private patio that, per the listing, could be used as an office or private guest quarters. As for the mostly xeriscaped grounds, they hold a couple of spacious patios ideal for al fresco dining and entertaining, plus a tree-shaded seating area and an inviting garden adorned with a water feature.