An Alluring Kazumi Adachi Home Is Listed For $1.79M

Meticulously renovated and restored in 2014, this home combines the best of Japanese-inspired details, modern living, and midcentury design.
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Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Granada Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, the Sakaguchi residence was completed in 1969 by noted Japanese-American architect Kazumi Adachi. 

Adachi, who was born and raised in the United States and attended the University of Southern California School of Architecture, was known for his work throughout Los Angeles in the 1950s and 60s, when he designed a number of residences, schools, and commercial projects. 

The five bedroom, five bathroom home is sited on over half an acre of land, and sits adjacent to a local golf course. The owners have installed solar panels on the roof.

While distinctly modern, the Sakaguchi house boasts subtle details that are Japanese-inspired, from shoji-like screens in the living room to imported Japanese wallpaper. 

The open living room features Adachi's signature inverted-butterfly ceiling for a sense of height, drama, and movement in the space.

More public spaces like the living room and dining room have high vaulted ceilings and tall sliding glass doors to let in plentiful California sunlight. The home’s five bedrooms and five bathrooms maintain the airy feeling with wood paneling, built-in cabinetry, and floor-to-ceiling glazing. 

Together, these characteristics result in a home that is filled with well-crafted spaces and subtly contrasting textures that are simultaneously timeless, yet also midcentury-modern. Scroll ahead for even more glimpses inside this historic house. 

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When entering the house, visitors are greeted with a series of original rice-paper screens imported from Japan.

The entry opens out onto the oversized living room, with its high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glazing, and ample space for multiple seating arrangements.

Off of the living room is a den that could easily be converted into a master bedroom, and is complete with its own private entrance and private patio. 

The den has a wall of custom wood cabinetry with original midcentury hardware.

The dining room opens to the kitchen, which features glazing to the yard. The flooring here is the original terrazzo.

The original kitchen boasts modern updates, including a Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer, a Gaggenau electric grill/griddle, and Kitchen Aid stainless steel appliances.

The charming kitchen retains its original walnut cabinets.

An updated bar area is conveniently adjacent to the kitchen and the outdoor patio.

The master bedroom has windows and glass doors that open onto the back yard. The wood floors in this room are new.

Bedrooms with paneled walls and built-in shelving are unique features to the home.

Most of the property's bathrooms have original features, including Japanese wallpaper and midcentury hardware. 

The backyard covers more than half an acre, and features a pool and a separate guesthouse.

The Sakaguchi residence at 16674 Demaret Place is currently being listed for $1,799,000 by Diana Hagopian of Pinnacle Estate Properties, Inc. Here is the full listing.

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