Grab This Sleek L.A. Midcentury by John Lautner For Under $2M

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By Lucy Wang
The Bergren Residence boasts hallmarks of iconic Lautner design, including a striking roofline, walls of glass, and breathtaking hilltop views.

With a prolific career that spanned nearly 60 years, acclaimed American architect John Lautner has left his mark across Southern California. As one of the original Taliesan Fellows, Lautner imbued his works with lessons learned from Frank Lloyd Wright, including an "organic architecture" approach, which can be clearly seen in one of his earlier works known as the Bergren House. Luckily for us, this property has just hit the market for $1,999,000.

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The exposed redwood beams have been stripped of layered paint and carefully restored for a natural look.

The exposed redwood beams have been stripped of layered paint and carefully restored for a natural look.

An indoor water feature runs along the length of the living room.

An indoor water feature runs along the length of the living room.

Nestled in the Hollywood Hills just above Runyon Canyon, the Bergren Residence boasts sweeping views of the San Fernando Valley.

Nestled in the Hollywood Hills just above Runyon Canyon, the Bergren Residence boasts sweeping views of the San Fernando Valley.

Fresh off a sensitive restoration by current owner Christian Lamb, the 1,582-square-foot abode maintains its architectural integrity and has gained updated appliances along with a pared-down palette of timber, glass, steel, and concrete.

The raised living room steps down to the eat-in kitchen. Polished concrete floors are used throughout.

The raised living room steps down to the eat-in kitchen. Polished concrete floors are used throughout.

The kitchen features updated appliances, stainless steel countertops, and a poured concrete island.

The kitchen features updated appliances, stainless steel countertops, and a poured concrete island.

Lautner originally built the home in 1953 as a one-bedroom bachelor pad for guitarist Ted Bergren. After Bergren married, the architect was invited back to expand the residence with a second bedroom and another bath.

The first bedroom shares the long main wall with the living room on the other side.

The first bedroom shares the long main wall with the living room on the other side.

A look at the attached bathroom.

A look at the attached bathroom.

In addition to two bedrooms and two baths, the midcentury home comes with an attached carport for two vehicles and two outdoor patios.

The sculptural butterfly roof accentuates views.

The sculptural butterfly roof accentuates views.

A pair of Acapulco chairs provide comfortable seating for soaking in valley views.

A pair of Acapulco chairs provide comfortable seating for soaking in valley views.

In contrast to the bright interior colors that originally dressed the home in the 1950s, the Bergren Residence now has a more restrained and subdued appearance that highlights the material palette.

In contrast to the bright interior colors that originally dressed the home in the 1950s, the Bergren Residence now has a more restrained and subdued appearance that highlights the material palette.

The kitchen opens up to a rear timber patio that's enclosed with bamboo and concrete walls.

The kitchen opens up to a rear timber patio that's enclosed with bamboo and concrete walls.

Shielded from view by lush vegetation, the home enjoys privacy and quiet despite its full-height glazing.

Shielded from view by lush vegetation, the home enjoys privacy and quiet despite its full-height glazing.

The second bedroom, a later addition by Lautner, is roomier than the first.

The second bedroom, a later addition by Lautner, is roomier than the first.

Here is the second added bathroom.

Here is the second added bathroom.

7316 Caverna Drive, Los Angeles, CA is now being listed by Patricia Tercek, Barry Sloane, and Marc Silver of Sotheby’s International Realty for $1,999,000. See the full listing here.  

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