This $1.2M California Midcentury House Looks Like It Came Straight Out of “Mad Men”

This $1.2M California Midcentury House Looks Like It Came Straight Out of “Mad Men”

By Kathryn M.
Architect Gus Stamos built the canyon home for his family in 1968—and not much has changed since.

Available for only the second time since its construction in 1968, a recently listed home in Glendale, California, is a haven for someone seeking a retro-style interior. Designed by architect Gus Stamos for himself and his wife, Sophie, the family reportedly lived in the home for decades. The current owners, who purchased the home in 2002, retained most of the original finishes, replacing only the flooring and painting some of the concrete block walls.

Located along a winding dirt road in Glendale's Chevy Chase Canyon, this '60s-era home was for decades the family residence of Los Angeles–area architect Gus Stamos. The home's second owners recently listed the home for sale, having made only minor interior changes.

Beyond the front entryway, a living area fills one side of the upper level. Original beamed and wood-clad ceilings mix with vintage wood paneling and light fixtures.

According the listing, the home's original details include tongue-and-groove ceilings and formica counters, as well as wood-paneled walls clad in an array of cabinet doors salvaged from the stereo manufacturing company where Sophie once worked.

The upper level features the main living and dining area, as well as the kitchen and laundry area. Downstairs, a split-level floor plan divides each of the three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a family room. Both an upper-level balcony and lower-level deck are accessible from multiple spaces throughout the home.

A corner fireplace separates the living area from a dining room on the opposite side. Both the living room and dining area offer direct access to a covered balcony overlooking the canyon.

A look at the upper-level outdoor space.

Back inside, the formal dining area is located next to the kitchen. The current owners replaced some of the hardwood floors, leaving other original finishes intact.

The kitchen features the original cabinetry and formica countertops.

Another view of the kitchen. Only some fixtures and appliances have been updated since the home's original construction in '68.

A small breakfast area is located in another corner of the space.

The home offers nearly 2,500 square feet of interior space and sits on a .28-acre lot. With only a few neighboring structures, the location affords privacy while being just a few miles from central Glendale and Eagle Rock. New solar panels and some updated utilities complete the package. Keep scrolling to see more the home, currently listed for $1,198,000.

Downstairs, a split-level floor plan divides the family room and principal bedroom suite from the home's secondary bedrooms.

Another view of the family room reveals a fireplace, more wood paneling, and a large sliding glass door that leads to the lower-level deck.

The deck also extends to provide direct access from the principal bedroom. 

A look at one of the two full bathrooms. The current owners updated the space by adding a mosaic of floor tile and painting a concrete block wall behind the vanity.

One of the home's other bedrooms also features original concrete block walls along two sides. The current owners painted these walls in a bright magenta.

A look at the third bedroom.

The lower-level deck runs along nearly the entire width of the home and opens to the sloping lot at one end.

1105 Outlook Lane in Glendale, California, is currently listed for $1,198,000 by Jacqueline Tager of Sotheby's International Realty. 

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