Nestled on a sweeping corner lot in Los Angeles’s Chatsworth suburb, this one-level home dates back to 1964 and presents an abundance of original charm to show for it. Acclaimed midcentury architect Doug Rucker was commissioned to design the pilot residence for the Roy Rogers Estate neighborhood—a project he had to compete against renowned modernist architect A. Quincy Jones for.
"At the time, Jones was one of the chief architects for the Eichler-built development in nearby Granada Hills," explains colisting agent Margot Tempereau. "But unlike the Eichler homes, Rucker’s pilot house for the Roy Rogers Estates was the only one built—so, in that sense, it holds a unique place in the [San Fernando] Valley’s modern architectural history."
To design the 2,756-square-foot home, Rucker relied on a harmonious mix of stone, timber, and natural finishes, accentuating the classic lines of the structure with extensive floor-to-ceiling glazing. An expansive open floor plan connects the various living spaces, all of which center around a large interior atrium. "The grand scale rooms, fitted with walls of glass, allow for natural sunlight to effortlessly sweep inside," adds Tempereau.
Although the interiors include modern amenities, the residence is still largely in its original form. "From the transverse skylight that spans the length of the public areas, to the wood beams [that] connect to the skylight and give the impression of an airplane in flight—there are so many wonderful features about this home that it’s impossible to pick out favorites," continues Tempereau.
"At our initial open house, Rucker stopped by with his daughters and son-in-law to see the home and share his memories of it," says Tempereau. "It was the first time he’d been to the home since it was built in 1964, so it was a wonderful and unexpected treat."
In addition to large gathering areas that promote indoor/outdoor living, the dwelling also offers four bedrooms, three bathrooms, an office, and a two-car garage. Last sold in 2018, the Los Angeles property is now back on the market—this time asking $1,350,000. Scroll ahead to see more.
9761 Andora Avenue in Chatsworth, California, is currently listed for $1,350,000 by Margot Tempereau of Deasy Penner Podley and Stephen Pannesco of Coldwell Banker.
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