This Tranquil, Japanese-Inspired Midcentury Home Asks $1.2M

The lovingly cared-for property, located outside of Salt Lake City, is now available for the first time since its completion in 1958.
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A recently listed home in the Salt Lake City suburb of Holladay, Utah, is looking for a new owner to enjoy its many original and unique features. Designed by local architect Stephen Macdonald in the 1950s, the Japanese-inspired home offers a series of sunlit spaces separated by Shoji screens, along with natural finishes and a glassy facade overlooking a Zen garden.

Recently listed for sale in Holladay, Utah, this post-and-beam-style residence was built in 1958. The children of the home's original owners are now working with Preservation Utah to find a buyer who will commit to maintaining the home's original architectural integrity.

From a gravel driveway, the main entrance opens to reveal views of the lush backyard. Square-shaped slabs of concrete bordered by wood are repeated throughout the interior and exterior.

The home's L-shaped floor plan clearly delineates between public and private spaces, with a sunlit living area to the right of the entryway and a streamlined bedroom wing expanding toward the rear along a single hallway. Both wings also receive an abundance of sunlight thanks to the structure's south and east facing rear facade, with the movable Shoji screens and large exterior overhangs helping to shade the interior.

Concrete floors and full-height windows continue into the living area, which also features a suspended fireplace hood in the center. In the corner, concrete slab walls embedded with stone carry over from the front facade.

The living area also flows into a sunlit dining area.

A sliding door behind the fireplace opens the living and dining area to the poolside patio.

Around the corner from the dining area, the kitchen features several large windows overlooking the front yard. The space is also filled with mix of new and vintage appliances, as well as the original cabinetry and countertops.

The single-story home comes with just over 2,500 square feet of living space, including five bedrooms and four full bathrooms—as well as a pavilion-like backyard studio that would make a tranquil home office or art studio. Offered in nearly original condition, the current owners are most interested in meeting buyers who would like to preserve the home for years to come. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for $1,200,000.

Back in the entryway, a Japanese-style Shoji screen delineates between public and private spaces by separating a hallway that leads to the home's bedrooms.

All along the hallway, movable Shoji screens run along both the right and left sides, enclosing bedrooms and helping to control sunlight. The home's original owners added a bed of granite rocks and log rounds in place of traditional flooring.

The principal suite is located at the end of the hallway and offers direct access to the backyard, as well as an en-suite sauna in the rear.

Another view of the bedroom shows more of the screens along the south-facing wall.

A look at one of the home's four full bathrooms.

One of the secondary bedrooms is currently staged as a workspace.

Another of the bedrooms comes complete with walls of built-in bookshelves.

Several of the secondary bedrooms also provide direct access to a side area of the yard.

A large deck off of the principal suite provides a space to relax overlooking the pool.

The centrally placed pool serves as a focal point for many spaces within the L-shaped home.

Tucked away in a rear corner of the property, the detached studio provides a flexible space for a home office, art studio, or guest house.

The home sits on a .74-acre lot, with various outdoor areas connected by winding gravel paths.

4979 S Cottonwood Lane in Holladay, Utah, is currently listed for $1,200,000 by Cody Derrick of cityhome COLLECTIVE.

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