Mid-century Home to Cherish

Privacy and perfection meet at the Bryce residence in the charming town of Fillmore
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The Bryce residence in Fillmore, California, is a sight to behold—a single-story modern ranch home that's a beautifully scaled example of California Modernism, constructed of ages-old heart redwood. Modernist aficionados won't find a more private, more lovingly preserved, more reasonably priced property on the market today. Photos courtesy George Mimnaugh/Compass

Happy to report, we've just been floored by a very special architectural 'sight for sore eyes'—eyes that have seen way too many tragically remodeled mid-century homes.

At the end of a long, private road located in the hills above Fillmore, California, in a quiet farming community straddled between Los Angeles and the seaside city of Ventura, sits a modernist time capsule, nestled on a parcel of land looking out to an awe-inspiring view of the Santa Susana Mountains.

And it's for sale too!

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Designed by Ojai-based architect Chalfant Head, 526 Hunter Drive (AKA the Bryce residence) is listed by George Mimnaugh of Compass Realty at $1,195,000.

While showing us vintage photos of the home, Mimnaugh pointed out that "finding a home of this quality, a home that has been so thoughtfully maintained for 70 years, is a real rarity."

In March 1953, the Bryce residence was featured in Better Homes & Gardens' 'Five Star Homes' program, and appears much the same today as it did then.

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The 2,128-square-foot, single-story modern ranch home is a beautifully scaled example of California Modernism, constructed of ages-old heart redwood. A neighboring home, built for Dr. William French, was also designed by Chalfant Head.

Built in 1950, 526 Hunter Drive was designed for Fred Bryce, an accountant and Fillmore city councilman, and his family. The main house includes two well-appointed bedrooms, original tiled bathrooms, and a semi-detached guesthouse designed eight years later by the original architect.

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