I have to admit I had two favorite homes from the twenty-two I toured this week, but 7256 Sunnydip Trail in the Hollywood Hills gets the nod for a couple of reasons:
- Price: This is Los Angeles, so it is not a given that $2 million will buy you an architecturally significant home with views and a pool. Whereas, expectations tend to change when the price tag is just short of $16 million dollars as is the case with the equally impressive co-favorite at 1240 Benedict Canyon Drive in the Beverly Crest neighborhood of Benedict Canyon.
- New Listing: The home on Sunnydip Trail has only been on the market for a week, whereas my co-favorite known as The Rothschild / Harvey Mudd Estate in Beverly Hills has been listed for a combined 300 days since being listed at $22.995M after an extensive renovation. Chances are it will still be available for the next few days until I can write a post about it.
Enough about the house I'm not writing about today and on to the mid-century modern perched on a promontory overlooking the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains beyond.
The home, designed by Buff & Hensman, was built in 1959 and is an example of both their early work and their post-and-beam design style. In 2002, a renovation and addition were overseen by Buff, Hensman, & Smith, the firm which had evolved from the original design firm. The result is a human-scale home filled with details you continue to discover long after your first visit.
The beauty of the house is you often do not notice the details because the house is so comfortable in its layout and scale. Or you will find yourself looking outside the house, beyond the walls of windows, and beyond its location high in the Cahuenga Pass.
Entering the home from the street, you climb a private drive and park underneath the home in a carport that also contains storage and a laundry facility. The private drive easily accommodates four cars, with two covered, and additional parking is available on the street. Walking up the steps, you begin to hear the water feature featured in an atrium beyond the front door. The home opens up off the entry to a tastefully renovated kitchen and a family room framed by glass walls and a fireplace. Beyond the living room are a pool and patio with ample room for outdoor dining and chaise lounges. On the other side of the kitchen are a dining room and the sleeping quarters. The home features two master bedrooms and a third bedroom currently being used as a recording studio, with two of the bedrooms featuring patios cantilevered over site facing the valley.
The home is listed for $2.295 million after last selling in 2006 for $1.92 million. For additional photos and details, follow the link to the listing for 7256 Sunnydip Trail. Contact our Hollywood Hills Realtors with any questions or to schedule a showing.
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Photos courtesy of Rodeo Realty