October 20th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Historic home for sale

A lost treasure has been found in Los Angeles. The Fleet House, acknowledged by the Los Angeles Conservancy as being a major part of one of the most “unusual and pedigreed chapters in the history of manufactured homes,” could be yours for $948,000.

The Fleet House was first occupied by Reginald Fleet, president of Southern California Homes, and his family in the late 1940s. It was a creative solution to the challenge of providing affordable single-family housing in a postwar economy. It is made of lightweight aluminum panels with a paper honeycomb core — innovative yet modest materials that created a look that no other home during its time resembled. The Fleet House may be the only structure still remaining that was designed, built, and pre-assembled entirely in an aircraft factory.

IMG_2515The home was the brainchild of Henry Dreyfuss, a prominent industrial designer. He designed everything from steamships to telephones to high-rise office buildings before he passed away in 1972, and Henry Dreyfuss Associates still caters to many high-profile agents such as American Airlines and Polaroid.

The Fleet House is a historical home that has been given landmark status by the City of South Pasadena, and it is even included in South Pasadena’s Citywide Context Statement– a compilation of the most notable and historic structures in the city. As a historic home, The Fleet House is under Mills Act contract, which requires a reduction of property taxes in exchange for the continued preservation of the residence.

If you think that owning this incredibly special home is right for you, please contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties Pasadena agent Colleen Santino. If you’re interested in other homes in the area, contact any of our Pasadena REALTORS® to assist you.


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