"From charming cabins to lavish celebrity havens, award-winning architecture firm Buff & Hensman fashioned hundreds of dreamy California dwellings from 1950 to 2000. Among them, this Mid-century modern classic built in 1962 and recently restored and expanded with the utmost attention paid to maintaining its historic bones, complete with post-and-beam construction and walls of glass overlooking a large, open lot offering stunning canyon views.
'This is one of the chicest homes I have had the honor to bring to market,' says Steve Frankel of Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills, who is listing the property for $4.375 million. 'Pristine Mid-century architecture infused with modern amenities creates a contemporary Zen living experience.'
Found off a long, private gated drive at 2530 Astral Drive in Nichols Canyon, the home originally was crafted as a wedding gift to the Johnson family (friends of Buff & Hensman partner Don Hensman) and then sold after Mrs. Johnson’s death, with the proceeds going to the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. Expect approximately 2,723 square feet of modern living space showcased by a European kitchen that opens to a living room sporting a classic 1960’s oversized brick fireplace and expansive balcony.
A gallery hallway leads to a stylish master suite boasting an elegant bath and ample closet space, while a second bedroom and bath can be found on the main level, and a large suite with full bath and private patio anchors the lower level. Outdoors, an infinity pool, sauna, lush lawn and gardens, and a patio perfect for entertaining are highlights of the 33,452-square-foot grounds.
'This home is a rare find,' says Frankel. 'It’s an important piece of L.A. architecture that has a terrific layout, taking full advantage of the outdoors with oversized sliding glass doors, an infinity pool and grassy yard, and sumptuous canyon views.'"