Built by midcentury architect Marvin Beck in 1958, this 1,530-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home is located in upper Benedict Canyon, surrounded by nature, but just minutes from Beverly Hills. Beck built the residence for himself and his wife, and the quiet street where the home sits is in good midcentury company—its neighbored by a 1949 Craig Ellwood home, as well as two other homes that were designed by Beck.
The floor plan of 9617 Yoakum Drive is divided across two levels with the living space located on the upper level, which is a flush with the backyard. The lower level is home to a storage space, laundry, and the garage. Beck designed the home for indoor-outdoor living, and every room—except for the master bedroom—offers direct access to the outdoors. Thoughtful touches incorporate an even greater sense of the outdoors into the interior space: there are clerestory and transom windows strategically inserted to showcase the canyon's ridgelines, a skylight in the living room, and sliding doors throughout the home.
Many classic elements of midcentury design still exist throughout. There is an open-plan living space, original tongue and groove ceilings, original wood paneling, and a wall of glass (in the form of two custom-made retractable glass walls). The kitchen and living area were both updated prior to 2014 with renovations that sought to incorporate these midcentury elements and to also maximize the entry of natural light. And while the second bathroom is original to the home, the master bath was very recently modernized with black Italian porcelain tiles, Carrara marble, and light wood cabinetry, with the renovation wrapping up shortly before the home listed.
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9617 Yoakum Drive is currently listed for $1,995,000 by Boni Bryant and Joe Reichling of Compass.
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