A Hilltop Midcentury Home in Los Angeles Asks $1.5 Million

This pristine Woodland Hills property has been exquisitely maintained since 1958.

Covering over 2,000 square feet of space at the top of a hill near Old Town Calabasas, a secluded midcentury modern estate sits soaked in the California sun. The post-and-beam home features soaring, sloped ceilings and glazed walls that, despite their age, look virtually untouched by time.

According to owners Joe and Krista Fotheringham, the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom house maintains the original spirit that was infused into the architecture upon its completion in 1958. "We’re only the fifth family to live in the house," says Joe, "and everyone has put so much care into preserving the property."

With floor-to-ceiling glazing and post-and-beam construction, this Woodland Hills home looks contemporary, but still maintains its midcentury-modern spirit. 

The previous owners gave the home an extensive but tasteful update and expansion that added nearly 500 square feet in the form of a larger primary bedroom, an en-suite bath, and as space for a home office. They also installed period-correct terrazzo flooring in the living areas, replaced the clerestory windows and sliding doors, and redid the roof.

Several original elements in the home were replaced with period-correct finishes—such as the terrazzo flooring in the shared living spaces, and the jalousie windows, which provide a cross-breeze perfect for cooling the hillside structure.

Joe then pulled out the carpeting in the three bedrooms and home office and replaced it with light oak flooring to warm up the spaces. "None of these changes feel heavy-handed," he notes. "The overall feeling of the house is that it’s timeless. It hasn’t been spoiled with overtly modern upgrades."

An expansion completed in 2019 added a new primary wing to the house, which includes a larger bedroom and en suite bath. The Fotheringhams combined the split en suite into one luxurious room featuring marble flooring, subway tile, and a large vanity.

The property is spread out over 12,000 square feet of land in Woodland Hills and is accessible via a gated entrance and long driveway. Thanks to its hilltop location, privacy is paramount—and the views of Topanga Canyon to the south are unparalleled, according to Nate Cole and Lilian Pfaff, listing partners at the brokerage Suprstructur. The recent owners have kept up the lawn and garden as well, which boasts numerous agave plants and fruit-bearing lemon and fig trees.

"We get sun all day from different angles in the house," says Joe. From the pergola-covered patio to the main living room, the California sun floods every inch of the house—but it doesn’t feel too overpowering thanks to the shadows created by the architecture.

Overall, it’s an oasis of indoor/outdoor California living. "This house really allows you to appreciate that properly," Joe says, noting that the beauty of the house unfolds from room to room—and only after "taking this in and in traveling through the house does the nature around you expose itself."

Sliding doors found throughout the house—from the kitchen to the backyard-facing bedrooms—open up to the patios and gardens. An oversized pergola with outdoor seating and a dining area is the perfect space to entertain guests or relax in warmer weather. The backyard even has an outdoor shower.  

Though it feels like its own getaway, the Crespi Street house is also close to other coveted parts of Los Angeles. Malibu Beach is just a half-hour drive away. 

The 380-square-foot garage, which fits two cars, was retrofitted into a carpenter’s workshop during the pandemic. A breezeway links the garage to the laundry and utility room passthrough and kitchen. The rest of the driveway can fit three uncovered cars.

For Joe and his young family, the home’s simple, midcentury-modern architecture and the bright interior are its biggest selling points. "It’s light, it’s airy, and it feels practical all while still being a vintage house," he says.  

In the cooler months, the original fireplace (made of Palos Verdes stone) can be used to make a gas or wood-burning fire. The wood paneling found throughout the house also lends a feeling of warmth.

22940 Crespi St. in Los Angeles, California, is listed by Nate Cole and Lilian Pfaff at Suprstructur for $1,550,000.

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