Own This Unique Hollywood Hills Midcentury For $3.2M

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Boasting an eccentric zigzag roofline and plenty of midcentury charm, get ready to fall in love with this Richard Banta–designed hillside home in L.A.

Known as the Banta House, this midcentury masterpiece was named after notable AIA architect Richard Banta, who designed the home as his own personal residence in 1959. Set on bright red stilts, the updated hillside home enjoys stunning city and canyon views, and features standout elements, such as Banta’s signature zigzag-pleated roof, floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors, an elegant post-and-beam design, and a spacious courtyard. Asking $3,200,000, the listing also includes approved plans and issued permits to build a 3,300-square-foot addition.

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The front of the home features a privacy wall and a peek at the pleated roofline. 

The front of the home features a privacy wall and a peek at the pleated roofline. 


The plans for the addition were designed by architect Thomas DeVoss and would increase square footage to the original home without upsetting its existing design. 

The front gate opens to the inner courtyard. 

The front gate opens to the inner courtyard. 

The plans propose inserting a glass cavity in front of the house, within the front-gated courtyard, that would hold a floating staircase leading down to a second and third level. The third level then would include an infinity pool and screening room. The signature red beams that criss-cross over the hillside would remain as they currently stand and continue to be an iconic part of the landscape. 

The courtyard has a serene sitting area and frames views into the house and straight through to the other side. 

The courtyard has a serene sitting area and frames views into the house and straight through to the other side. 

This private outdoor space would be otherwise unavailable within a hillside home. 

This private outdoor space would be otherwise unavailable within a hillside home. 

The entry leads to the open-plan living room. 

The entry leads to the open-plan living room. 

The living space has spectacular views thanks to the floor-to-ceiling wall of glass. 

The living space has spectacular views thanks to the floor-to-ceiling wall of glass. 

The updated kitchen offers contemporary living with a midcentury-modern vibe. 

The updated kitchen offers contemporary living with a midcentury-modern vibe. 

Wood paneling is set against the white cabinets and kitchen island. 

Wood paneling is set against the white cabinets and kitchen island. 

The pleated roofline adds light and shadow to the bright and airy interiors. 

The pleated roofline adds light and shadow to the bright and airy interiors. 

Here is the sunlit second bedroom. 

Here is the sunlit second bedroom. 

The bright and spacious master bedroom features sliding doors that lead to the terrace. 

The bright and spacious master bedroom features sliding doors that lead to the terrace. 

 The master also features an ensuite bath. 

 The master also features an ensuite bath. 

A look at the updated bathroom. 

A look at the updated bathroom. 

This is the terrace which is just off the master bedroom. 

This is the terrace which is just off the master bedroom. 

2081 Sunset Plaza Drive, Los Angeles is now being offered for $3,200,000
by Julia Delorme of Sotheby's International Realty–Sunset Strip Brokerage.

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