The Mod House Hits the Market in La Jolla, California

Once in a while a property comes on the market with such architectural significance, you simply want to pinch yourself. And if the property is in a prime location? Well, that’s the icing on the cake. Situated in a landmark La Jolla neighborhood is where you will find what is affectionately called, The Mod House – a 4 bedroom, 3 ½ modern
masterpiece designed by renowned architect Rod Youngson, AIA.

Built in 1968, this sophisticated, mid-century 3,221 square foot property, filled with every exquisite original detail, is now for sale and listed by Cathleen Shera of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty.

Youngson, whose work has been included in Architectural Digest and several other prestigious publications, has designed residences throughout the United States as well as the French Rivera and Puerto Vallarta. Many of his high profile clients have hired him for multiple homes due to his clean, crisp aesthetic look.

The Mod House is such a place and may possibly be one of Youngson’s sentimental favorites. Like many of his homes, he built this property fifty years ago for his young family and they lived here for three years before selling it to its current owner.

In an interview with Palm Springs Life magazine a few years ago, Youngson’s son Mark commented that his family moved to a new home often. “It seemed that just as we’d get the last piece of silverware in place, there would be a knock on the door from a complete stranger asking, “Want to sell?”

Profiled in the Los Angeles Times in 1968, The Mod House was described as a “contemporary residence with pleasing proportions and lines of classic simplicity.” Youngson himself said at the time, “I developed a three-level plan and placed the structure at the rear of the property. I gave the house a sense of size and dignity by placing it on a brick podium and accenting the vertical lines.” Because of its long, narrow lot Youngson’s goal was to design a modern home that provided privacy while blending in with the neighborhood aesthetics. To create a tranquil, peaceful environment, Youngson placed blank walls close to the property line to minimize the sight from neighbors’
windows and strategically placing landscaping to further conceal the view.
Inside, you will delight in this spacious and bright architectural gem.


On the main level is an inviting living room, complete with fireplace and 10-foot window cantilevers with views of the sloping terrain. A galley kitchen with breakfast nook leads to one of the property’s inner courtyards and is conveniently located next to the light-filled
dining room, den, and two guest rooms. Upstairs is dedicated to the relaxing and private master suite with peak views of the Pacific Ocean, walk-in closet and master bath.

The lower level has a full bathroom and can be used as an additional bedroom, recreation room, in-law suite or theatre. With plenty of room to grow the seller is offering not
only developed plans with estimated costs for those looking to add additional space, but also the home’s original architectural drawings by Youngson himself.

Jan Horn, Executive Director of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Architectural Division says the Mod House exudes the pedigree of Rod Youngson. “Each room is just the right scale and bathed with natural light,” he says.“Walls of glass define the organic interplay of the indoor/outdoor spaces and the house and grounds are simply

As a result of Youngson’s work, the home was honored by the San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Architecture shortly after it was completed. Today, this visionary architect is still at work and, not surprisingly, living in one of the homes he created in Palm Desert.

For more information on this one of a kind property visit or contact Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Cathleen Shera at 858.342.9373 for a private showing.

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