At the top of Beachwood Canyon lies a stylish mid century retreat with panoramic views and whimsical interiors
LISTING BY LILIAN PFAFF & NATE COLE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CODY JAMES
Situated at the end of a long drive and behind a gate atop Beachwood Canyon is a serene and incredibly private property with long views. At its center, a mid century post-and-beam residence that takes full advantage of the secluded site. Orginally constructed in 1957, the house was redesigned and remodelled by Tony Unruh and Trish Boyer of Unruh Boyer Architecture in 2000.
Walls of glass frame dramatic vistas: the Griffith Observatory and San Gabriel Mountains to the east, the iconic Hollywood sign to the north, and distant ocean views to the west.
An expansive and flat lawn expands the living spaces outside and lead the eye toward the canyon below. A newer pool and hot tub are well placed to maximize the yard with an additional patio beside the kitchen. At certain points throughout the property there are enchanting views of the trees and canopy, which together with the dappled light, leaves one with the distinct impression of being in a treehouse, albeit an elaborate and stylish one.
The floor-to-ceiling glass allows the open-plan living and dining space to be bathed in sunlight throughout the day, thus creating a rich atmosphere. A second, partially-sunken living space opens via French doors to the lawn and pool area, whilst the opposite side of the house opens onto a spacious, shaded deck. The deck spans the building from the dining area to the master bedroom and also connects the main upper level to the lower guest level.
Three bedrooms and two and half bathrooms are accommodated in the upper level: two equally sized bedrooms, each with en suite bathrooms, have been recently re-modelled. Full-height closets are provided in the bedrooms and in the hall lobby. Another bedroom with fireplace and garden views completes the trio.
The lower level comprises a guest bedroom with a rich forest-inspired wallpaper and full bath as well as laundry, family/screening room and exercise studio. From the lower level the green-painted house reveals itself to be a two-story building featuring prominent post-and-beam construction.
Subtle mid-century architecture is thoughtfully contrasted with playful interior design, particularly evident in the eclectically-styled private areas and contrasting minimal, calming public areas. A sheltered and inspirational Hollywood Hills retreat.