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More people are interested in buying locally made products than ever before. You can capitalize on many consumers’ return to local shopping by emphasizing that all components of your furniture are made in the United States, or in your town or area. The same applies to handmade goods. Individuals who are tired of mass-produced goods are often the same people who are interested in buying locally. Given this climate, it is a good time to start a handmade furniture business.

A Glendale Three-Bedroom on a Secluded Dirt Road Where Not Much Has Changed Since 1968

Living room with sliding glass doors and wood-paneled walls. Photos by Listing Zen, courtesy of Jacqueline Tager/Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s on the market for the second time ever.

Location: Glendale, California
Year built: 1968
Last sold: 2002
Specs: 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 2,444 square feet, 0.28 acres
Notable changes: New roof, solar panel system, some flooring, HVAC
Price: $1,198,000


Once a private game preserve for the family of L.A. oil baron Edward Doheny, Glendale’s Chevy Chase Canyon remains to this day a wild, rural neighborhood where deer, coyotes, bobcats, and at least one mountain lion roam. Here, on a cul-de-sac street branching off from a winding dirt road, architect Gus Stamos built a modern house for himself and his wife, Sophie, in 1968.

Former high school sweethearts who eloped in the 1940s — Sophie’s parents didn’t approve of Gus — the Stamoses would reside happily together at 1105 Outlook Lane for decades. Last sold in 2002, the Stamos home is now on the market for only the second time ever.

The home’s double-door entry is located a few steps below street level.

While the two-story house — one of just five on the tucked-away lane — hasn’t been completely trapped in amber over the past five decades, its changes...


Living room with sliding glass doors and wood-paneled walls. Photos by Listing Zen, courtesy of Jacqueline Tager/Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s on the market for the second time ever.

Location: Glendale, California
Year built: 1968
Last sold: 2002
Specs: 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 2,444 square feet, 0.28 acres
Notable changes: New roof, solar panel system, some flooring, HVAC
Price: $1,198,000


Once a private game preserve for the family of L.A. oil baron Edward Doheny, Glendale’s Chevy Chase Canyon remains to this day a wild, rural neighborhood where deer, coyotes, bobcats, and at least one mountain lion roam. Here, on a cul-de-sac street branching off from a winding dirt road, architect Gus Stamos built a modern house for himself and his wife, Sophie, in 1968.

Former high school sweethearts who eloped in the 1940s — Sophie’s parents didn’t approve of Gus — the Stamoses would reside happily together at 1105 Outlook Lane for decades. Last sold in 2002, the Stamos home is now on the market for only the second time ever.

The home’s double-door entry is located a few steps below street level.

While the two-story house — one of just five on the tucked-away lane — hasn’t been completely trapped in amber over the past five decades, its changes have been relatively minor. Listing agent Jacqueline Tager says the current owners replaced the wood flooring in some of the common spaces, installed an intricate mosaic-tile floor in one of the bathrooms, and painted some of the molded-concrete blocks in vibrant magentas, yellows, and oranges. Other updates include a new roof with a solar panel system and central HVAC.

Sheathed in vertical redwood planks on its street-facing side, the home’s rear side is lined with ample walls of glass that look out onto the canyon and the city beyond. Other standout details include tongue-and-groove ceilings, original orange formica countertops, and walls paneled with stereo cabinet doors salvaged from the company where Sophie Stamos worked as an office manager. For a 3D-tour click here.

Dining room with a table and chairs and starburst chandelier.
A number of walls, such as the one seen on the right, are paneled with cabinet doors salvaged from the stereo manufacturing company where Sophie Stamos worked.
A kitchen with orange countertops and wooden cabinets.
Original tile, cabinets, and orange formica give the kitchen a nostalgic glow.
Room with a fireplace and large sliding glass doors.
A spacious den with a fireplace separates the lower-level bedrooms.
Bedroom with wood-paneled walls and large deck.
The largest of the three bedrooms has sliding-glass walls leading to a deck and an en suite bathroom.
Bedroom with pink walls and beige floors.
One bedroom features molded-concrete blocks painted a vibrant magenta.
High-ceilinged window with a bed, wood panels on the walls, and large sliding glass door.
Large sliding glass walls frame wide views of landscape.
A partially covered deck with rattan bench and side table, overlooking trees.
Expansive decks wrap around both levels of the house.

Living room with sliding glass doors and wood-paneled walls. Photos by Listing Zen, courtesy of Jacqueline Tager/Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s on the market for the second time ever.

Location: Glendale, California
Year built: 1968
Last sold: 2002
Specs: 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 2,444 square feet, 0.28 acres
Notable changes: New roof, solar panel system, some flooring, HVAC
Price: $1,198,000


Once a private game preserve for the family of L.A. oil baron Edward Doheny, Glendale’s Chevy Chase Canyon remains to this day a wild, rural neighborhood where deer, coyotes, bobcats, and at least one mountain lion roam. Here, on a cul-de-sac street branching off from a winding dirt road, architect Gus Stamos built a modern house for himself and his wife, Sophie, in 1968.

Former high school sweethearts who eloped in the 1940s — Sophie’s parents didn’t approve of Gus — the Stamoses would reside happily together at 1105 Outlook Lane for decades. Last sold in 2002, the Stamos home is now on the market for only the second time ever.

The home’s double-door entry is located a few steps below street level.

While the two-story house — one of just five on the tucked-away lane — hasn’t been completely trapped in amber over the past five decades, its changes have been relatively minor. Listing agent Jacqueline Tager says the current owners replaced the wood flooring in some of the common spaces, installed an intricate mosaic-tile floor in one of the bathrooms, and painted some of the molded-concrete blocks in vibrant magentas, yellows, and oranges. Other updates include a new roof with a solar panel system and central HVAC.

Sheathed in vertical redwood planks on its street-facing side, the home’s rear side is lined with ample walls of glass that look out onto the canyon and the city beyond. Other standout details include tongue-and-groove ceilings, original orange formica countertops, and walls paneled with stereo cabinet doors salvaged from the company where Sophie Stamos worked as an office manager. For a 3D-tour click here.

Dining room with a table and chairs and starburst chandelier.
A number of walls, such as the one seen on the right, are paneled with cabinet doors salvaged from the stereo manufacturing company where Sophie Stamos worked.
A kitchen with orange countertops and wooden cabinets.
Original tile, cabinets, and orange formica give the kitchen a nostalgic glow.
Room with a fireplace and large sliding glass doors.
A spacious den with a fireplace separates the lower-level bedrooms.
Bedroom with wood-paneled walls and large deck.
The largest of the three bedrooms has sliding-glass walls leading to a deck and an en suite bathroom.
Bedroom with pink walls and beige floors.
One bedroom features molded-concrete blocks painted a vibrant magenta.
High-ceilinged window with a bed, wood panels on the walls, and large sliding glass door.
Large sliding glass walls frame wide views of landscape.
A partially covered deck with rattan bench and side table, overlooking trees.
Expansive decks wrap around both levels of the house.


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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.