Majestic Mid-Century Modern with Pool in Glassell Park Hills

“…it was my interpretation of what Southern California architecture should be… clearstory windows… planters… pool… penetration of indoors and outdoors.” – Architect Allyn E. Morris on The Max Bubeck Residence.


4166 Verdugo View Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Price: $1,395,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3.5
Year Built: C. 1956
Square Feet: 1,950


This 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home in the heart of the Glassell Park Hills is an extraordinary example of mid-century modern with an edge. And I’m not just talking about the clean lines and fine edges of the residence’s architecture. This is mid-century modern at its finest, its most unique, its edgiest.


Once inside, you’ll immediately be made aware of the three predominant construction materials: steel, glass and concrete block, the floor-to-ceilings windows, and of the varied ceiling heights, which allow for multiple clerestories that let in plenty of attractive sunlight.


The living room features an open layout, a unique hearth fireplace, and an elevated glass-enclosed atrium at the center of the home that stretches up through the roof and shines out onto the neighborhood like a beacon. The atrium, similar to clerestory windows, walls of glass, and the home’s many patios, decks, and gardens, help to bring the outdoors indoors creating that rare and sought after Los Angeles al fresco living.


The updated kitchen opens out to the living area and boasts stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets with ample storage, and wonderful views of the pool area.


A relaxing den and a private dining patio complete the home’s common areas.


Each bedroom features a private exterior sitting area with distinctive barrier facades with sand-colored concrete patterns.


Propped up against the mountain hillsides, the patios are enclosed with lush greenery, including palm trees, bamboo, and cacti.


The H-shaped home is a bright and breezy case of thin line modernism. An additional pool-house, with bathroom, a two-car carport, all up a private drive offering great privacy and dramatic mountain vistas, are further highlights.


The architect also taught at USC, Cal Poly Pomona, and Sci-Arc. While he may not yet be a household name along the lines of Lloyd Wright or Neutra, Morris’s work is increasingly appreciated for its unique and influential qualities within Modernism.


The home is also, it should go without saying, an entertainer’s paradise.


To tour this home, or find other notable and unique mid-century moderns, call me at (323) 697-3040 or email me at jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes.com.

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Listing provided courtesy of Rob Kallick of Sotheby’s International Realty.

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