A striking midcentury is now up for grabs in Sherman Oaks, California. Originally built in 1947, the home sits tucked away on a gated, oversized lot in the tree-lined Chandler Estates neighborhood. Architect Leonardo Chalupawicz redesigned the home in 1997, and it recently underwent another transformation in 2020 by its current owners, Nicky Buerger, an interior designer and stylist, and Steve Clarke, a creative director at an advertising agency.
For the remodel, the couple sought to "create a serene yet practical environment," while retaining the original midcentury aesthetic. "We reimagined the kitchen by preserving the room’s bones, but added contemporary touches such as repainting the cabinet doors," they say. "We also kept the wooden surrounds, but added new hexagonal tiles and countertops."
To optimize natural light, the couple fine-tuned the 2,300-square-foot home with an open, free-flowing layout. Upon arrival, a generous foyer leads to a sun-filled sitting area, and the kitchen and living room lie just around the corner.
Exposed beams span the merged living spaces, complementing the refinished hardwoods and wood-framed French doors that line the back wall in the dining area. "We repurposed original redwood beams and vintage plywood to make new furniture—including bookcases and a bench—as a way to create a connection to the home’s past life," say the couple.
The home’s three bedrooms are located away from the living areas. The primary bedroom suite offers pool views, a fireplace, dual walk-in closets, and a spa-style bath. The two-and-a-half additional baths are outfitted with designer finishes and original glass blocks that channel daylight.
In the backyard, a lush lawn awaits—along with a swimming pool and secluded guest cottage, which features a bedroom, bathroom, and well-equipped kitchenette. By infusing warm, soft textures throughout the property, the couple aimed to "create a tranquil, restful space that flows seamlessly from indoors to out." Keep scrolling to see more of the home, currently listed for $1,799,000.
5526 Calhoun Ave in Sherman Oaks, California, is currently listed for $1,799,000 by Olga Crawford of Sotheby’s International Realty – Topanga Brokerage.
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