Eye on Design: A Reimagined Mid-Century Modern Dream

Los Angeles is a melting pot of architectural styles — from Googie Arts and Spanish Colonial Revival to Hollywood Regency. But when I think of L.A. architecture, my mind turns instantly towards the flat planes, open spaces and expansive walls of glass of Mid-Century Modern architecture. Mid-Century Modern homes tend to be informal, free from excessive ornamentation, infused with light and connected to nature. The lines between indoors and out are blurred via large swaths of glass and a post-and-beam construction technique that eliminated heavy support walls. Materials like cement breeze blocks, wood, steel and raked concrete made the style seem accessible, yet still sophisticated. Entertaining was made effortless, less stuffy. These homes were monuments of freedom and martinis — all of the things I picture when I think of the California lifestyle, even today. Even now, Angelenos want that easy flow of living and entertaining that Mid-Century Modern design facilitated. New homes are still being designed with Mid-Century Modern principles. The Bird Streets are home to some of the most striking Mid-Century Modern inspirations — like this recently listed 5,031 square-foot residential dream. Playing up its enviable location in the Bird Streets with explosive city and ocean views from nearly every space, the residence celebrates the Mid-Century Modern style and elevates it for a contemporary audiences. Listing agent Philip Baroda of Coldwell Banker Realty in Beverly Hills calls it "an entertainer's paradise." It's easy to see why, thanks to a sophisticated open floorplan allowing for a seamless flow through all spaces that culminates in floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors opening to multiple outdoor view terraces. With indoor/outdoor living as its central expression, the quintessential California lifestyle can be experienced no matter where you are in the house. The stunning yard features endless patio space for al fresco dining/lounging by an infinity pool that effortlessly blends into city light vistas. The design begins to veer away from its mid-century past in the designer kitchen: open and spacious with sleek wood cabinetry, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances and an expansive eat-in island meant to encourage guests to sit and watch the chef of the house prepare a meal. There are a total of three bedrooms, with the master suite serving as the ultimate retreat with a fireplace and sliding doors opening to the views. In another departure from the past, the master bath is a portrait of present-day luxury and decadence with elegant wood accents, tub, dual sink vanity, shower and oversized windows overlooking the endless views. From sunrise to sunset, this is the space from which to relish California openness at its best. The property's dramatic setting in the Bird Streets — not far from major studios and the world-class entertainment, dining, and shopping found in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and the Sunset Strip — adds that extra layer of L.A. glamour.  Since the turn of the century, this neighborhood has attracted celebrities who flocked to the hillside setting for its views, convenient location and bold architecture. What could be more Los Angeles than that? For more information on this property, contact Philip Baroda at 310-968-3844 .

Story by Alyson Pitarre 


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