This 1924 Hancock Park brick Tudor was built as part of the original development by the Hancock family from their profits earned by drilling oil on the formerly known Rancho La Brea property.  To meet the needs of its new owners, in 1990, Michael & Sandra Piller hired architect Matt McMullen, who had previously worked with Frederick Fisher FAAR, to create an open dining-room that would bring light and nature to the interior of this traditional home. Matt transformed the basement into a trophy-room den to host Michael’s baseball card and memorabilia collections, with an adjacent spa bath for relaxation and pool use. While creating this new space, many elements of the original home were restored and updated.

Avalon then transformed the backyard into a lush playful setting with an infinity pool which creates the appearance of water flowing into the natural stream. This area is mirrored by a rock waterfall using the natural stream water that flows from the Koi pond with fountain features.  Special filters gently circulate the water while avoiding the occasional tar that comes from the La Brea Tar Pits at the core of the Hancock Family property.

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