Blending original details with earthy new elements, a reimagined Mid-Century Modern home in Los Angeles has hit the market for $3.85 million.
Part of Nichols Canyon Colony in Hollywood Hills, the 1959 home was renovated this year by Hollis Jordyn Design, a Los Angeles-based firm helmed by Hollis LaPlante and Jordyn Grohl. The design duo bought the home in May for $2.75 million, according to records with PropertyShark.
“When we first toured this home, we were drawn to the mid-century yet minimal design, and we knew that we could give this space a much-needed refresh,” Ms. LaPlante said in an email. “We loved that the home was designed by Edward Fickett, an architect who was known for his iconic mid-century style.”
Indeed, Fickett designed around 50,000 homes in the area, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy. Many of these were tract houses, but the architect also designed private homes, military bases and the Port of Los Angeles, in addition to serving as architectural adviser to President Eisenhower. Fickett died in 1999 at the age of 83.
In their update, Ms. LaPlante and Ms. Grohl sought “to honor Fickett’s original design while updating the space for today’s living,” Ms. LaPlante continued. “We wanted to incorporate nature into the home by bringing the outside elements inside with skylights and an influx of natural light, along with earthy elements.”
To that end, the designers added 16 skylights to help bring in light and connect the 2,500-square-foot residence to the outdoors. In addition, they incorporated wood detailing and the original terrazzo tile flooring into the design. The stone around the fireplace was part of the original home as well, according to the listing.
“Prior to our renovations, the home was dark, cramped and disjointed with a lack of flow,” Ms. LaPlante noted.
The foyer of the home, which boasts the original tiling and stone mantle.
The kitchen got a makeover, too, and now features marble countertops and imported green tiles.
“The cabinetry in the kitchen was all original to the home and we decided to strip and retain the cabinets,” Ms. LaPlante said.
There’s also a pocket window that opens to the outdoors, allowing for drinks and snacks to be passed between inside and out, the listing said. Beyond the kitchen is a dining area with sliding doors to the outside patio, lounge area and lawn.
There are three en-suite bedrooms, the listing said. One has built-in cabinetry, another has a seating area and a third has access to the outside, listing photos show.
“One of the most significant changes we made was to the bathrooms, which now all reflect an updated Mid-Century Modern look with bold, unexpected tile and vintage, locally sourced light fixtures,” Ms. LaPlante said.
“The end result truly reflects the classic California Mid-Century [Modern] design,” she continued.
Tim Gavin of Keller Williams Beverly Hills listed the property last week. He did not immediately return a request for comment.
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