Maroon 5’s Guitarist Lists a Midcentury Stunner in Los Feliz for $3.8M

This steel-framed midcentury gem just hit the market.

Located in Los Feliz, the Steel House was built by architect Neil M. Johnson in 1960. Inspired by the Case Study program, the home features a low, rectangular roofline with cantilevered eaves, expansive walls of glass, and a sturdy steel frame.

The Steel House also recently underwent a major renovation under the thoughtful guidance of architectural restoration specialist Mark Haddawy. The project introduced updates and improvements throughout, while still staying true to the home’s midcentury roots.

The L-shaped home wraps around the pool deck, which features extensive, lush landscaping. 

The pool and the pool deck were redone in the renovation. Updates introduced a semicircular bench with a railing at the perimeter, a hot tub, a wood-clad sauna, and a cold plunge pool. 

Maroon 5 Guitarist James B. Valentine purchased the property in 2007, and the year-long renovation began in 2008. "It was great to see the house come back after so many unsympathetic changes," says Haddawy. "I felt from the beginning that there was a great house under all of that." And there is a great house—the steel-framed, L-shaped home is set in a lush, gated compound, and it offers spectacular views from almost every angle. 

A deck just off the living space overlooks the pool and provides a comfortable shaded area to enjoy the outdoors.

The expansive living space features floor-to-ceiling walls of glass. The tall steel-framed ceiling adds to the midcentury charm. 

The almost 2,100-square-foot home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms. One of the highlights is a luminous, open-plan living space wrapped in dramatic floor-to-ceiling walls of glass. The expansive room overlooks the pool area, which can be directly accessed via glass doors. The design perfect for indoor/outdoor living and entertaining.

The vintage hanging fireplace is original to the home. 

The dining area connects the kitchen and the living space in the open floor plan. 

The whitewashed interiors are bright, airy, and filled with abundant natural light thanks to the expansive glazing, which adds to the sense of space. The home is filled with authentic period-appropriate design elements, such as terrazzo flooring, a beamed ceiling, and the original hanging fireplace—all of which help to maintain an authentic midcentury tone.

The home is filled with an abundance of natural light.

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The kitchen is tucked behind the dining area. 

The period-appropriate kitchen is painted in Corbusier's Ceruleum Pale and features cabinets designed with integrated handles.

The master bedroom features expansive glazing and a bright blue carpet.

The terrazzo-floored master bath features cabinetry painted in Corbusier's Ceruleum Pale. The millwork incorporates sliding Factro-Lite glass panels. 

A sunken tub faces a glass wall. 

The second bedroom features a built-in bookshelf which was added during the renovation. 

The bright and spacious third bedroom is currently being used as a sitting area. 

All three bedrooms feature bright blue carpet. "The idea was to have a strong color set against the mostly white background," explains Haddawy.

The second bathroom. 

The Steel House is tucked away behind a gate, and it appears to float above the foliage. 

The Steel House is currently listed for $3,785,000 by Juan Longfellow and Louise Leach at Deasy Penner Podley. The property is co-listed with Alex Barad, Nourmand & Associates.

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