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Home on the ranch

Glendale Historical Society begins home tour with original ranch-style home and adds others inspired by mid-century modern style.

September 21, 2010|By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com

Arlet Davoodian says weekends at home with her husband Harach are like a spa vacation.

Their Ranch-style house was built in 1959 on a hillside above Oakmont Country Club in Glendale. It's typical of the ranch-style design — one story and L-shaped with a hallway linking the dining room, kitchen, guest bath and bedroom. Windows along the hallway look out onto the pool and patio. Graceful trees around the yard's perimeter offer privacy for sunbathing or entertaining.

It's one of the homes on the Glendale Historical Society Fall Home Tour, "Adobe to Atomic: Glendale's Ranch Heritage," on Oct. 3.

"It's mid-century modern with Asian influences," Harach Davoodian said.

An Asian character greets guests at the front door, and the handles on the built-in cupboards in the sitting room and dining room have Asian designs.

The Davoodians bought it in 2001 from relatives of the original owners, Arlet Davoodian said.

Upon entering the home, the living room is off to the left and the sitting room is straight ahead. The two-sided fireplace accommodates both rooms. The sitting room has sliding glass doors going out to the pool and another set on the opposite wall leading to a Japanese patio and garden.

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When both sliders are open, a breeze streams through.

"We found the architect's sketches of the garden, which had fallen to disrepair, and we had it restored," Harach Davoodian said. "A stone lantern was refinished, and bamboo plants were added."

A table with four chairs is placed in the center of the garden, and is an intimate place for coffee in the morning, Arlet Davoodian said.

"On the weekends I can stay home, and there's an indoor/outdoor feeling, like we're on vacation," she added.

The couple have upgraded some of the home's features, but tried to maintain the feel the original owners instilled in the home, they said.

They replaced the carpet in the living and dining rooms with bamboo flooring and window treatments. The original tile in the hallway was refurbished.

The kitchen has the original stainless-steel oven and broiler, and the couple added a stainless-steel refrigerator and dishwasher.

"I like to maintain the style of the original owners, Cora and Wendell Wall," Arlet Davoodian said. "I always ask myself, 'Would they have liked this?' They kept it so nice."

Her husband has added his own touch to the walls of the home by hanging his original acrylic abstract paintings that have Picasso influences.

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