Angelino Heights HPOZ


739 E Kensington Rd, Angelino Heights, Los Angeles, CA 90026


First time on the market since 1980. A contributing property in the Angelino Heights HPOZ, and the 44-year residence of multidisciplinary designer Geraldine “Gere” Kavanaugh, the house’s interior is a testament to her vibrant personality. After more than 60 years of designing textiles, exhibitions, type, furniture, and ceramics, she was awarded the AIGA Medal in 2016. Gere’s mother introduced her to color by letting her stack and play with spools of thread on her sewing machine. A Cranbrook Academy of Arts MFA graduate in 1952, and only the third woman to graduate the design program, her peers before her were the notable designers Ray Kaiser (Eames) and Florence Schust (Knoll).

Raised in Memphis, Kavanaugh discovered a completely different way of seeing color when she moved to Los Angeles: magenta and purple hillsides, and streets lined with jacaranda trees set against bright blue skies. Her residence is similarly bursting with vibrancy and texture, and she hand selected paint colors for example, to bring the green of the outdoors into the living room, or brighten up other rooms with yellow and lavender. The residence includes 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, fireplace in the living room, formal dining with built-in cabinet, dressing area in master bedroom, office with views of downtown, and hand-painted whimsical messages by Gere throughout. One message by the front door reads: Built in 1906 – 1998 still in progress.

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2170 s.f.
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0.13 acre
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