Open House Obsession: Designer Takes on a c.1951 Valley Classic in Sherman Oaks, $1.5MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 13061 Hartsook Street, Sherman Oaks
When: Sunday, November 6th from 1:00PM-4:00PM
What: Tucked away in a subdivision idyllically called “Hidden Woods Estates” this 3-bed, 2-bath ranch dates to 1951. built by prolific Valley developer William Mellenthin (1896-1979) and a modest variation on his own version of the classic Monterey Colonial. That said, Mellenthin was noted for both the high quality of his construction and the simple, livable floor plans that connected to the outdoors but were more traditionally formal than a rival developer, Joseph Eichler. Like Eichler, Mellenthin homes have developed a cult following for their charm and scale.
In her first development/renovation project, designer Susan Devall had the good fortune to find a vintage Mellethin whose owners not only lived there since it was built, but had maintained it as well. The designer recently closed her eponymous Larchmont Village shop to concentrate on real estate, design and staging, and her years of experience show through in this austere but chic renovation.
What We Love: The good bones are all still there– the house retains its romantic Mid-Century vibe but acquired some sensational new details, like the master bath, below.
More: Check out the listing for additional details and information.