Once ‘organized’ Los Cerritos home now offers silence and space • Long Beach Post News


A large statue of the Virgin Mary stands in one corner of the courtyard dotted with dozens of flowering shrubs, roses, a crape myrtle, a rosemary bush under an arbor, a small orchard of , all shaded at least partially by an imposing century-old pine.

Along a narrow outdoor walkway with benches is a long wall of stacked stones about 30 feet with water trickling gently over its face. All in all, you can choose a place to relax or meditate almost anywhere on the property and maybe try reading a book before you go to sleep.

The Los Cerritos house on Chestnut Avenue has a soothing wall of water. Photo by Thomas R. Cordoba.

It wasn’t always so quiet in the 4,800 square foot house. It was built in 1949 for Dr. Carlyle Ahrens and his wife. Its architect, Hollywood artistic director Henry Larrecq, designed it around an electric organ. It sounds (and is) bizarre, but an article about the house in the Southland section of the Press-Telegram explained, in a way, that year:

“The tone cabinet was built in a hollow partition between the entrance and the veranda and the organ was in the corner of the veranda, some distance from the tone cabinet. The sound is reinforced by reflections against the walls before it reaches the listener.

You are curious to hear it, but, alas, all traces of the organ and its connection to the walls of the house have long since disappeared.

But it’s fair to say that, aesthetically, the house hasn’t suffered from its absence.

In the years after it was built, other owners added bedrooms and other rooms to the house and improved the original rooms.

The floors throughout most of the house are three-quarter inch glossy cherry. If the home’s generous use of windows doesn’t introduce enough of the outdoors into the home’s interior, there’s plenty more to be done to pull some of the gathering rooms into the backyard, including a sprawling “flex room.” which means using your imagination. , which runs a long distance along the back of the house with floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows that fold up and out to allow full access to the yard. The previous owners used it as a games room, with both a table tennis table and a pool table. Although the house already has an inviting veranda, one would always be tempted to use the flex room as another space to bring along comfy chairs and sofas to just sit and enjoy the view, or perhaps the transform into an entertainment area. It’s flexible; Do what you want.

The “flex room” of the house features windows that open to the backyard. Photo courtesy of Carolyn Faber and Kristi Vento.

Listed by the first mother-daughter team of Carolyn Faber and Kristi Vento at $3.388 million, it enters the list of the 10 most expensive homes listed in Long Beach, second only to the Alison White dining house at 4131 Cedar Ave., as Los Cerritos tries to keep pace with the most expensive homes in and around Naples. The two neighborhoods have both been leaders in expensive home sales, and there’s plenty to recommend the quiet, stately neighborhoods of Virginia Country Club over the more vibrant and active waterfront areas, with one of the main advantages being the land much larger than Los Cerritos.

This house on Chestnut typifies the best of Los Cerritos, and while it owes much of its charm to its lot and the home’s accessibility to that lot, the house itself has many outstanding features, from its kitchen with a central prep island and extra sink and beautiful Lacanche range and Viking oven, to its two adjoining bathrooms and walk-in closets, glass-enclosed office, and formal dining and living rooms.

The office where three sides of the room have open doors or windows. Photo by Thomas R. Cordoba.

Faber and Vento, who have sold other prestigious properties in the area, agree that more and more people are beginning to prefer the peace of Los Cerritos to the more active and dynamic region of Naples for a variety of reasons, including golf and the nearby gatherings. country club, but the main draw of the area, which is evident even when driving or walking through the neighborhoods, is the space and silence.

A large backyard home on Chestnut Avenue in Los Cerritos. Photo by Thomas R. Cordoba.


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