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Artistic Laurel Canyon Hideaway on Lookout Mountain

Ask anyone in Hollywood where the craziest people live and they’ll say Laurel Canyon. And ask anyone in Laurel Canyon where the craziest people live and they’ll say Lookout Mountain. So I bought a house on Lookout Mountain. — Joni Mitchell

This large and light-filled home located in Laurel Canyon’s Lookout Mountain was one of the original homes of the hillside. Built in 1922, this expansive log cabin-esque six bedroom retreat will have you tapping your foot to the music of The Mamas and the Papas, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, and more. All of whom lived nearby on the mountain the 1960s and 1970s.

8420 Lookout Mountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Asking Price: $2,395,000

Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 5
Square Feet: 3,527
Lot Size: 9,871 square feet
Year Built: 1922
School District: Wonderland Elementary

The home is truly one-of-a-kind, with architectural details and flourishes sure to inspire and impress.

The property is sited on a nicely sized lot just a single block from the prestigious and highly coveted Wonderland Avenue Elementary School. It was one of the very few public elementary schools in Los Angeles with a Great Schools rating of 10/10.

Inside the home, you will find original architectural details combined with contemporary features. Notice this open layout living space’s hardwood floors, gorgeous wood beamed ceiling, and original brick fireplace.

Many large windows overlook out to California oaks and blooming fruit trees, while others provide stunning views of the canyon.

Beautiful and unique wood work that dates back to the Golden Era of Hollywood can be found throughout the house.

The kitchen has been recently remodeled and icludes a new Thermador 6-burner oven, recessed lighting, and an eat-in counter for four. The Spanish tile combined with the rustic woodwork and the hardwood floors creates a look that feels quintessentially Laurel Canyon.

Just off the kitchen is an amply sized pantry and laundry room.

Off the kitchen, you will find a tiled and enclosed deck with its own outdoor kitchen workspace. A convenient spot for al fresco food preparation, especially in the event you are throwing a catered summertime soiree.

The lovely master suite has a vintage fireplace, a wonderful open-beamed ceiling, built-in cabinets and workspace, a walk-in closet, and treetop views.

And, yes, the home boasts five more bedrooms for a grand total of six.

How you use each one is, of course, up to you. One could be dedicated to music, the next a home gym, the next a nursery, a home office, or a writing studio.

In fact, the home has, in the past, been used a writers and a musicians retreat. With each room unique and different from the next, 8420 Lookout Mountain Avenue provides plenty to inspire.

The home’s five bathrooms are likewise all different. This full bath has lovely turquoise tile work throughout.

While this charmingly vintage bath has tiles in a deep and royal shade of blue.

Two more bedrooms complete the main house.

A private studio is located on its own level and provides a full bathroom and separate entrance, perfect as a recording studio or a guest quarters.

From the sunroom, the home reveals magical outdoor spaces, shady spots for lounging, a large brick courtyard patio ideal for entertaining.

Imagine the dinner parties and hallmark celebrations on the courtyard patio.

According to Vanity Fair, “Some say the Laurel Canyon music scene began when Frank Zappa moved to the corner of Lookout Mountain and Laurel Canyon Boulevard in the late 1960s. Former Byrds bassist Chris Hillman recalls writing “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” in Laurel Canyon in 1966 in his house, on a steep winding street with a name he doesn’t remember. The Doors’ lead singer Jim Morrison reportedly wrote “Love Street” while living behind the Laurel Canyon Country Store. Michelle Phillips lived with John Phillips on Lookout Mountain in 1965 during the Mamas and the Papas’ heyday. Books and documentaries have mythologized and romanticized this woodsy canyon nestled behind Sunset Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills.”

And let us not forget the secluded property also includes the absolutely divine PebbleTec-lined pool and a hot tub. The outdoor space is surrounded by lush greenery and mature trees.

8420 Lookout Mountain Avenue is an inspiring sanctuary that offers an intriguing blend of Los Angeles ephemera: The Bohemian chicness of Laurel Canyon’s heyday, Spanish elements, and an experimental creativity all its own.

If you would like to view 8420 Lookout Mountain Avenue or find other Laurel Canyon and Hollywood Hills homes for sale, call me at (323) 697-3040 or email me at jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes.com.

Listing provided courtesy of Gene Bush, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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