A Ray Kappe Home Revitalized After the Northridge Earthquake Lists for $2.4M

First built in the ’60s, this Ray Kappe home was reconstructed in 1996—and it just hit the market for the first time since.
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The post-and-beam home in Sherman Oaks was originally built by celebrated architect Ray Kappe in 1961, only to be heavily damaged three decades later during the Northridge earthquake. The owners loved the original design so much that—rather than starting fresh—they asked Kappe to rebuild the residence.

A look at the Meyer Residence by award-winning architect Ray Kappe. Rebuilt in 1996, the dwelling aligns with Kappe’s original vision—complete with a sweeping roofline that extends over the main entrance.

The entryway opens to a glass-walled interior with views of the backyard pool and a zen garden planted just behind the glass to the right.

Rebuilt in 1996, the two-bedroom, two-bath hilltop residence is ideal for entertaining, with spacious living areas and multiple outdoor patios. The post-and-beam construction is on full display throughout the glass-walled interior, which features hardwood and brick flooring.

The home has an open floor plan, and the master suite is located in a private, separate wing. Sliding glass doors connect the master bedroom to the poolside patio, while a glass ceiling illuminates the master bathroom with natural light.

An opposite view from the entryway reveals a home built for entertaining. A large gathering area with a bar opens to the sunken dining area to the right.

Built-in cabinetry subtly divides the dining space from the large entry area.

Ray Kappe, who passed away in 2019, designed some 100 homes throughout his career—and he also founded the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). His work is often considered an extension of earlier master architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, and R. M. Schindler. Keep scrolling to see more of this home, currently listed for $2,395,000.

The dining area features one of the home’s two copper-and-brick fireplaces. Sliding glass doors open up to the lush backyard and a patio surrounding the pool.

Handsome brickwork lines one wall in the dining area, providing continuity with the brick-laid floor in the adjacent living room.

A view of the living space looking back toward the dining area.

Another living space is located behind the bar.

To the right of the bar is a new galley kitchen—a modification from Kappe’s original design. The space features wood cabinetry and granite countertops.

The single-story home offers two bedrooms. The master suite (shown here) occupies its own wing and looks out onto a private corner of the backyard.

Natural light illuminates the master bathroom from a glass roof overhead.

The home’s second bathroom features a glass roof over the shower.

Outside, a canopied patio offers a private space for dining just off the living room. The pool and patio are located on the opposite side of the house.

Perched on a hilltop bordering Deervale-Stone Canyon Park, the lush lot has several fruit trees and views of the San Fernando Valley.

The star of the backyard is an inviting swimming pool nestled into the corner of the home’s two wings. The glass-walled interior glows once the sun goes down.

The Meyer Residence, located at 3893 Deervale Drive in Sherman Oaks, CA, is currently listed for $2,395,000 by Matthew Berkley and Scott Lander of deasy penner podley.

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