With a setback from the street that is nil, the sense of privacy and tranquility that exists in this entry is remarkable. Featuring wood, glass, foliage, a water feature, and wall art at the door, a dramatic tone is established even before setting foot into the house.
The main living space of this 1953 mid-century home features an open floor plan that leads to a deck with incredible vistas. That alone is enough to beckon a small army of visitors at its first open house. But when you visit, you really must linger and pay attention to the details – many of which cannot be appreciated enough in these photos. For instance, the custom screen-like shelving at the far end of the living room above is composed of a series of uniquely curved planks, adding both beauty and dimension to the room.
Thanks to a picture window in the living room, which frames the lush entryway outside, one might possibly not even notice the sleek fireplace right next to it.
The lower level is accessed via spiral stairway, itself a little gallery of art. Overhead, a ceiling fixture in circular relief is a fanciful demarcation of the area. Near the floor, a short wall makes a perfect picture frame. And a beautiful, curved wood bannister guides the way down.
The kitchen is a bold blend of styles and finishes. The cabinetry and countertops are ultra contemporary, the gas stove and wallpaper are ultra vintage, and the flooring is eco-friendly cork. A Mod dining set is the perfect way to balance it all out.
This bathroom alone is worthy of a blog post. Almost everything about it represents thinking that is outside the box. Rather than sheetrock and wood, the hallway wall and door that mark its entry are made of glass, whose textured surface makes it entirely opaque while still allowing a sense of space beyond it. Inside the bathroom, the wall facing the outside is also glass, this time transparent enough for the foliage outside to be enjoyed and compliment the green of the room’s finishes. And perhaps my favorite feature of the room is the sink, which juts out from the wall with exposed plumbing on the underside. That is way cool and practical at the same time.
The master bedroom, which also opens up to the deck, enjoys the same explosive views of the canyon and city as the living room.
Downstairs, at the bottom of the spiral staircase is a bedroom that features floor-to-ceiling windows complemented by beautiful floor-to-ceiling wood closets.
The same tall closets also line the hallway, which leads to the other bedroom on this level.
I love the contrast of the polished concrete floors and poured concrete walls on the lower level.
The second bathroom has its own cool little touches, such as the shower being placed outdoors. On the deck, just a few steps beyond, is a retro cedar hot tub.
The huge lower level deck, made of ipe wood, is private and features both shaded and sun-filled areas making it perfect for entertaining.
Beyond the decks and beautiful living spaces are yard areas that are filled with the sort of things that help to keep one’s feet on the ground while living out a dream in Tinseltown, including fruit trees, raised box vegetable gardens and a chicken coop. Rather than stopping by to ask for a cup of sugar, your neighbors are more likely to pop in and ask if you have any eggs to spare!