The Divine Franks House In Brentwood, $3.4MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Not published since it was built in 1966, this glamorous Post + Beam in Brentwood’s architecturally significant Crestwood HIlls neighborhood was designed by architect Raul Carduno as an urbane bachelor pad for Robert Franks, a Los Angeles real estate developer. Originally photographed by Julius Shulman, the 2-bed, 3-bath 3-level property is still in immaculate and mostly original condition, and currently owned by iconoclast interiors photographer Todd Selby and fashion creative director/designer Danielle Sherman. The couple has moved on, but the respectful staging by the multidisciplinary design firm SZalay does nothing to interfere with the glorious jetliner views.
At top, setting the stage with a dramatically lit foyer, sheathed in cork (with stair treads inset with shag carpet) leading directly to the view.
The entrance is past a koi pond and waterfall; this lower level has an ensuite guest room and office in addition to the spacious foyer.
What We Love: A masterwork of Post + Beam construction and detailing, this is a deeply personal Modernist pavilion set off the on side of a hill. Unlike so many properties from the ’60s, it hasn’t been painted white, and the palette of natural materials is from another epoch altogether. Below, the main living/entertaining space– also paneled in cork– is overlooked by the top floor master suite.
The recent renovated kitchen, however, very much keeps to the period.
The sybaritic top floor master suite (and yes, the tub does overlook the living area) has a private view deck, a sauna and extensive built-in closets.
Photo Credit: Juwan Li, courtesy of Compass