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his gem of an East­side com­pound has some se­ri­ous his­toric cre­den­tials. It holds the homes and stu­dios of two renowned artists: Wil­lard Nash (1898-1943) and Glenna Goodacre. Nash was one of the five painters known lo­cally as Los Cinco Pin­tores— and some­times as the “five nuts in mud huts” be­cause they all lived in rel­a­tively small adobe homes, and, be­ing artists, lived and worked with some de­gree of artis­tic aban­don. Nash built his house in the mid-1920s with as­sis­tance from artist and builder Frank Ap­ple­gate and lived here un­til 1936. Some called Nash “the Amer­i­can Cezanne” and his work was even ad­mired by Diego Rivera.

Lo­cated at 566-568 Camino Del Monte Sol, the estate to­tals six bed­rooms and eight bath­rooms on 0.47 acres. There are three build­ings: the his­toric Nash House (now a guest house), 1,630 square feet; the his­toric Nash Stu­dio (a ca­sita), 822 square feet; and the 30-year-old main house, which is 3,771 square feet.

The ram­bling prop­erty is ac­cessed through a gated en­try on the Camino. The Nash House is just inside, on the street level. In from the brick-floored porch, the vis­i­tor im­me­di­ately no­tices the authen­tic feel­ing of the home, with its old flag­stone floors and viga ceil­ings. Here and there is an ala­cena (a wood-doored cab­i­net re­cessed into the adobe wall) or an old-fahioned metal-frame win­dow. In the cozy liv­ing room is a tra­di­tional cor- ner fire­place known as a fogón, a planks-on-vi­gas ceil­ing, and built-in book­shelves. There are two bed­room suites. The bed­rooms have hard­wood floors and the bath­rooms, like the kitchen, are bright­ened by col­or­ful tile. Ap­pli­ances in the lit­tle kitchen in­clude a Magic Chef range and a cab­i­net-fronted Sub Zero re­frig­er­a­tor.

The prop­erty slopes down from the street. Just be­hind the old house is Nash’s stu­dio, also adobe, with wood floors and plenty of light through a slanted bank of win­dows. This has been con­verted to serve as a one-bed­room guest house.

The il­lus­tri­ous sculp­tor Glenna Goodacre bought this prop­erty in the 1980s and em­ployedWolf Con­struc­tion to build her adobe sculp­ture stu­dio at the bot­tom of the hill; this is now the com­pound’s main house. It orig­i­nally had a din­ing room and a kitchen, a base­ment, and two bed­room suites. The sub­squent owner added two more bed­room suites; one is now a lovely up­stairs sit­ting room with a wood floor, a ceil­ing of her­ring­bone latil­las on vi­gas, and a raised fire­place.

The liv­ing room in the Goodacre house is an awe­some space, bright with very high ceil­ings, glass chan­de­liers, a wood-plank ceil­ing sup­ported by huge beams and cor­bels, and tall, mul­lioned win­dows and doors topped with glazed tran­soms. The newly re­fur­bished kitchen sports a big apron sink, a mod­ern ap­pli­ance pack­age, and beau­ti­ful cab­i­nets.

The prop­erty is listed by Tim Van Camp and Ray Rush, Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty, for $2.9 mil­lion.

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