Living The Mid-Century Life in Malibu, $3.2MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 20595 Seaboard Avenue, Malibu
What: The DeVault House, believed to by the first residential commission for LA architect Herbert Kameon, and a sublimely simple reminder of why this kind of woodsy modernism became so popular.
For its time, it was a highly original composition, clinging to the edge of its site, with inflections of Japanese architecture and the influence of a notable, more senior architect, Harwell Hamilton Harris. The sloping lot is perfect for this complex composition of roofline and eaves, resulting in a multi-level 5-bed, 3-bath structure with an intimate connection to the outdoors.
What We Love: Maintained by the DeVault family over the decades and in excellent original condition, it’s the perfect setting for a growing collection of Mid-Century furniture and objects; the house frames the views, but is never subservient to them.
The original kitchen has been updated, but just barely.
More: Have a look at the the listing for additional details and images. Represented by Michael Phillips at the architectural specialist firm of Crosby Doe Associates; their website is an outstanding trove of California Modernism in all its forms.