Open House Obsession: Beck’s Exquisitely Romantic Colcord in Brentwood, $3.75MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 2528 Mandeville Canyon Road, Brentwood
When: Sunday, October 8 from 2:00pm-5:00pm
What: Set in a grove of sprawling sycamores, this c.1964 English cottage is by a master of the genre– Gerald Colcord– and restored by a master of his own genre, the musician Beck. Colcord was one of the great historicist architects during a golden period of home building in Los Angeles, working primarily in a personal hybrid of Colonial American and English styles. This 3-bed, 3-bath Brentwood cottage is one of his more modest designs in terms of scale and size, but no less well-detailed and still enduringly comfortable.
Beck was active in the renovation and expansion of the house (which included sympathetic expansions as well as new systems and a reworking of the landscaping) with Pam Shamshiri of Commune Design. The result is a romantic, evocative retreat from LA and a tribute to Colcord’s innate style.
Details: The “wood” beam above the fireplace is a Colcord signature, actually cast concrete finished to look like a massive (but firebroof) timber. The open stairs, cantilevered to create a nook– another late but classic Colord detail, inserting a little interest into a modest project.
What We Love: The uniformity of the palette– timbers are stripped, doors are black, walls are white– gives this compact house a measure of serenity. Below, the kitchen is self-contained, not open, with a comfortable nook and a serving pantry leading to the formal dining room.
A detail of the master bath (below) with a bathtub that Colcord would have loved.
More: Go to the listing for additional information and images. Represented by Richard Stearns and Carrie Berkman Lewis at Partners Trust.