Offered at: $1,399,000
If these canyon walls could talkâ€¦Laurel Canyon has been a unique part of the Los Angeles landscape since the earliest part of the 20thÂ century (1905-1912) when a scant few hunting lodges dotted the hills. Most were reachable only on horseback. Once people started to traverse the canyon in larger numbers and were wowed by its natural beauty, the first wave of home development began (1922-1928). After that initial push of mostly Spanish-influenced structures, more roads were planned and paved and a stream of people built their dream cottages, â€œtreehouses,â€ family homes, â€œfunkyâ€ cabins, and a number of homes that were examples of the mid-century modern architectural movement, of which 2234 Ridgemont Drive is one.
Another type of development was afoot the mid-to-late 1960â€™s: The hills were alive with the sound of musicâ€”rock, to be exactâ€”when a whoâ€™s who of pop musicâ€™s legends or soon-to-be legends lived, worked, and played (instruments) in the Canyon. Many books (including the one pictured here on our website) chronicle the canyonâ€™s highest of highs. Meanwhile, houses like 2234 Ridgemont stood by as a witness to a unique time in L.A.â€™s history.
But thatâ€™s all in the pastâ€¦
This 2BR/2BA mid-century has been modernized for the way we live today. Fundamental elements of â€œthe periodâ€ remain intact; vaulted ceilings, beams, an open floor plan, and a desire to bring the outdoors inside through glass windows and doors. The heart of this home beats in a combination of public spaces: dining flows toÂ kitchen, kitchen flows to living, living flows to dining and to a great big outdoor deck. A quartz-mantled wood-burning fireplace (with gas starter) in the living area addsÂ ambienceÂ to the home year-round. Â The homeâ€™s consistent soft-grey palate, including its dove-grey hardwood floors, infuses a contemporary design sensibility in the rooms.
The homeâ€™s five-star kitchen also has quartz finishes, gleaming chrome fixtures, and high-end stainless-steel appliances.
TheÂ residenceâ€™sÂ 1950â€™s inspired single-level layout means both bedrooms are on the same floor as the public spaces, which was typical during the period. The homeâ€™s master bedroom has a Juliet balcony and a door that leads to a private grassy yard. A large guest room has access to a full bathroom.
Outside are two private areas for entertaining. A large deck hangs into an awesome canyon view. A back area (off of the master bedroom) is perfect for pups, kids, or an above-ground hot tub.
BONUS ALERT:Â This home is locatedÂ withÂ the highly-desired WONDERLAND School District. No need to go private here!
A large-scale garage accommodates two cars as well as mountain bikes,Â surf boards, and long-term storage items. The cul-de-sac location means plenty of parking for party guests. As the saying goes: Once you go Laurel Canyon, you never go back!