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.
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.
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 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.
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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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