Perfect Nichols Canyon Hideout, $2MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
It’s hard to imagine Los Angeles’ legendary canyons today without their Mid-Century homes. Names like Laurel, Mandeville, Nichols conjure up a booming, cinematic time here, when optimism drove so much innovative construction with new techniques and materials, enabling (and celebrating) the indoor-outdoor living that so many of us enjoy here. New ways of living, perched on steep slopes, often with lovely views across the canyon.
This wonderfully simple c.1961 2-bed, 2-bath home, set on a private lane, remade in 2012 by Wes Jones of Jones, Partners: Architecture, taking on a sadly neglected property in an effort that the firm describes as “Part design and part archeology …a demonstration of the positive virtue of restraint.” on their website.
Entry is through the former carport, now a sheltering outdoor lounge, with the interior crisply framing the view through a continuous, sliding wall of glass.
What We Love: This is the ultimate distillation of Mid-Century Modernism re-scripted for living today, and the perfect venue for a well-curated collection of period furniture and objects.
Photo Credit: Taiyo Watanabe for Compass