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Just Listed: Laurel Canyon Eco-Friendly Celebrity Retreat | 8459 Ridpath Drive

Featured in Los Angeles Times, Architectural Digest, People Weekly, and Cottages & Gardens.

Welcome to the LA Green House, a modern and organic luxury retreat originally built in 1924 and recently re-imagined by Interform Architecture utilizing exclusively green and eco-friendly design principles.

8459 Ridpath Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Offering Price: $2,298,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3 full | 1 partial
Square Feet: 2,835
Lot Size: 6,000 sf.
Year Built: 1924

This private, gated, and celebrity-owned Laurel Canyon home is an inspired creative residence at the absolute forefront of the low-carbon and sustainability movement. While incorporating the original 1920s structure, the home was rebuilt from the ground up using 100% certified sustainable forestry lumber and plywood. And that’s just one example of the home’s extensive list of green principles. 8459 Ridpath Drive is a home you can feel proud about owning.

Sited on a hillside lot with a minimized disturbed area of site, the property’s impressive courtyard entry is surrounded by lush greenery. The landscape design was done by the revered Laurie Sorenson. There is also a direct access two car garage. The home’s exterior cedar siding is grown in California and is a rapidly renewable resource.

The formal entry has built-ins, shoe storage, and a coat rack.

The entry leads to the sleek and sophisticated living and dining areas. The living room has a gorgeous stone fireplace. Eco timber natural hickory hardwood floors and high efficiency fixtures and fittings are used throughout. All lighting is controlled by dimmers.

The lovely dining room has Nanawall bi-fold doors that open to the backyard oasis that includes the saltwater pool, spa, and resort-style patio – all surrounded and enclosed by sky high privacy hedges.

Whether you’re planning a romantic evening for two or pulling out all the stops for an all night bash, 8459 Ridpath’s entertaining and lounging spaces are exquisite and primed for both. It’s the ultimate in low maintenance with everything for the entertainer seamlessly built in. The landscape design uses only non-invasive plants.

The cook’s eat-in kitchen  features a Fischer Paykel Range, stainless steel appliances, and custom cabinetry made with rapidly renewable bamboo.

There’s also a wine chiller, more storage, and a casual breakfast area with backyard views. The open floor plan provides plenty of sunlight and and more efficient temperature control.

The first of the the first floor’s two bedrooms is currently set up as an excellent den, the perfect place to relax.

The second bedroom enjoys great treetop views.

Each of the first floor bedrooms have stylish en suite baths. There’s also a half bath designed for guests.

Upstairs, you will find the luxe master suite. It occupies the entire second floor. Besides the generous walk-in closet, the master enjoys a private patio perfect for taking in the sunsets over Laurel Canyon.

It’s the kind of jaw-dropping, only in Los Angeles, master suite your friends and family will beg to see. In addition to the bedroom, the second floor includes a sitting room with two more sets of Nanawall bi-fold doors that allow a calming mountain cross breeze.

A luxurious master bath with both a walk-in shower and a soaking tub.

A wraparound balcony that’s absolutely divine.

And a separate office that provides just the right amount of removal from the rest of the house for you to be able to accomplish the day’s work.

8459 Ridpath is rumored to be the property where Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin had their legendary first  – and last – encounter. The home has a long and storied artistic history that one can simply feel as they enter.

The home’s eco-friendly bones run deep. The original tiny shack from the 1920s is still the basis for the house. It was constructed by longshore men out of wooden music boxes that were used to ship high-end pianos to stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era. Think Laurel & Hardy attempting to push a boxed piano up Silver Lake’s Music Box Steps.

Only here, the longshore men pushed the pianos up the steep hills of Laurel Canyon. Once they arrived at their destination, the shipping containers would be abandoned. The stray music boxes were then collected by an enterprising architect who used them to build the original structure. These petrified wood boxes make up the basis for the first floor bedroom with the fireplace.

Located in the extraordinarily desirable Wonderland Elementary School District, this serene, inspiring, and environmentally pioneering architectural home is just moments to the Sunset Strip, Hollywood, and the Valley.

For more photos, go here. If you would like to view 8459 Ridpath Drive in Laurel Canyon or find other eco-friendly homes for sale in Laurel Canyon, Hollywood Hills, Beachwood Canyon, Los Feliz, and beyond, call me at (323) 697-3040 or email me at jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes.com.

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