A Wood-Clad Retreat in the Hills of Los Angeles Asks $2.6M

A Wood-Clad Retreat in the Hills of Los Angeles Asks $2.6M

By Kathryn M.
Perched high on a hillside in Topanga Canyon, this revamped home is dressed with natural wood inside and out.

Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said, "No house should ever be on the hill, it should belong to the hill." These words perfectly capture the design of this architectural gem in Topanga, California. Originally built in 1984 and recently renovated, the residence radiates an organic feel with its richly textured, wood-clad exterior.

The exterior of the three-level home is clad in Kayu wood.

A red-brick staircase leading to the main entrance complements the natural wood palette.

Measuring nearly 3,000 square feet, the interior spans three floors. An open layout leads from the entrance to a large living room, where a wall of windows frames picturesque canyon views. Here, a sliding glass door opens to a long terrace, blurring the boundary between inside and out.

Just inside the entrance, the living area features crisp, white walls—a stark contrast to the wood-clad exterior.

A staircase connecting the first floor with the upper levels picks up on the exterior’s richly textured wood palette.

A closer look at the wood-clad staircase, which leads up to the upper levels.

A wood-clad staircase connects the first floor to the upper level, where the main living areas lie. Exposed radiata pine lines the walls and ceilings, strengthening the home’s indoor/outdoor connection. An open floor plan seamlessly connects the living areas, and tall, wide windows in the kitchen invite ample natural light inside, enhancing the room's warm, homey feel.

Radiata pine lines the walls and ceilings of the second floor—including in the kitchen, which features a long row of custom cabinetry.

A black-framed sliding door in the kitchen opens up to an outdoor dining area.

Steps away from the kitchen is the main living room. A black, wood-burning fireplace’s stovepipe stretches to connect with the tall ceilings, enhancing the room’s grand sense of space. Lush greenery complements the neutral color palette. In total, the home offers four bedrooms and three and a half baths, in addition to a private, two-car garage. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for $2,600,000.

Clerestory windows in the living room usher daylight inside while casting playful shadows across the wood floor.

Glass doors link the living room to an additional terrace.

A closer look at the terrace, which provides stunning views of the canyon and the landscape beyond.

Each of the four bedrooms features hardwood floors and plentiful natural light.

All of the bathrooms are newly renovated with contemporary features.

Another exterior view showcases the home’s many terraces and windows.

21144 Hillside Drive in Topanga, CA, is currently listed for $2,600,000 by Kerry Ann Sullivan of Halton Pardee +Partners.

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