In 1966, famed midcentury architect Richard Neutra completed 3737 Oakfield Drive, one of 17 distinct "stilt homes" in Sherman Oaks, California. Sited with dramatic views overlooking Beverly Glen, the homes are known as Platform Houses because of their large cantilevering volumes that jut out above the steep slope of the valley below.
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At 1,800 square feet, 3737 Oakfield Drive incorporates classic elements of Neutra’s California homes, including broad expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass, a simple, open floor plan, and a strong horizontal emphasis.
The building appears to be a typical midcentury residence from the street, with an overhanging flat roof, stucco and wood cladding, and simple punched windows.
This impression is completely upended when one enters the two-bedroom, two-bathroom house. The back of the home features large, floor-to-ceiling glazing and an open living/dining space. An original wood-burning fireplace clad in fieldstone provides a textured, earthy contrast to the glazing.
The home has undergone a series of updates over the years while still retaining its original character. New systems include Sonos and smart home Control 4 technology, push-button automated blackout shades, a drop-down projection screen, a theater-grade projector, and a 7.1 sound system for the ultimate home theater experience.
The updated kitchen and bathrooms feature stone counters and simple white cabinetry, while the master en-suite bathroom has heated floors and a steam shower.
An outdoor terrace can be accessed via generous floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. A Zen side garden and a second bedroom with a walk-in closet and garden views completes the residence.
3737 Oakfield has been frequently featured in movies and television shows, and while its views may be priceless, the residence is currently on the market for $1,550,000.