Ilana Gafni - Crosby Doe Associates, Inc.

Ilana Gafni


In 1994, after several years of exploring Los Angeles’ mid-century modern furniture stores on Beverly and La Brea, and hearing names such as Richard Neutra, RM Schindler and Gregory Ain, I had my first encounter with great architecture: It was the Lovell Health House by Richard Neutra and my life would never be the same.

I began driving around town with the bible for architecture aficionados: Los Angeles, An Architectural Guide. The houses I discovered were like pieces of art, peering out from behind walls and trees; some were well cared for and some in desperate need of restoration.

How could I not know about these incredible buildings previously? In 1999, while searching for a property to buy, I met Crosby Doe, the architectural real estate expert. I fumbled past two Schindler houses on my way to buying and restoring a unit at the Avenel Housing by Gregory Ain.

My fascination with Schindler’s complex designs continued through my association and docent work at the MAK Center at the Schindler House on Kings Road. As part of the MAK center tours, I have visited dozens of great homes by Schindler, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Gergory Ain, Harwell Harris, Irving Gill and William Kessling, to name a few.

I joined the office of Crosby Doe Associates as a natural progression to my sales background and love of great architecture.

Like so many others who appreciate great architecture, I feel that these houses are not merely buildings, they are like family. It is unforgivably when one of them is torn down or “remodeled” so extensively that the original design is lost. My mission is to attempt to preserve great architecture as a Crosby Doe real estate agent, and to educate homeowners and buyers in need of guidance with the process.

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Robin Nanney Studio

Restored 1952 Cabin

3744 Avenida Del Sol, Studio City, CA 91604

Beds: 3Bath: 1s.f.: 973

Single Family Home

Hollywood Hills Residence and Lot

7310 Woodrow Wilson Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA

Beds: 2Baths: 2s.f.: 920

Single Family Home

Harry Gesner, Architect

Gesner Boathouse, 1959

7045 Woodrow Wilson Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA

Beds: 2Bath: 1sf.: 1135

Single Family Home

William Turnbull Jr., FAIA

The Tatum Beach House, 1972

12 Potbelly Beach Road, Aptos, CA 95003

Beds: 4Baths: 2.5s.f.: 1830

Architecture, Single Family Home

Bed: 1Bath: 1s.f.: 835


Gregory Ain, Architect

Avenel Cooperative Housing, 1947

2845-1/2 Avenel St, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Beds: 2Bath: 1s.f.: 1114


Beds: 3Baths: 3s.f.: 2357

Single Family Home

Barbara Bestor, FAIA

Blackbirds, 2015

2026 Blackbirds Way, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Beds: 3Baths: 3sf: 1580

Single Family Home

1927 Country Traditional

721 Country Club Drive, Burbank, CA 91501

Beds: 3Baths: 2s.f.: 1452

Single Family Home

Raphael S. Soriano, FAIA

The Albert Grossman House, 1964

11468 Dona Cecilia Drive Studio City, California 91604

Beds: 3Baths: 3s.f.: 3998

Architecture, Single Family Home

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