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    All-Aluminum Midcentury-Modern Paradise on the Market in SoCal for $3.5M

    The only “All-Aluminum” house of its kind still standing, the colorful Albert Grossman House in Studio City‘s Doñas neighborhood is on the market for $3.5 million.

    It carries the prestigious designation City of Los Angeles Cultural Historic Monument No. 638, and its first resident was Albert Grossman.

    But don’t be confused. This house was not built for the Albert Grossman you may be thinking of—the successful music manager who handled talent like Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and The Band.

    No, the Albert Grossman who built this four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 3,886-square-foot home was the Los Angeles businessman also known as “Mr. Aluminum.”

    True to his nickname, Grossman’s companies produced a variety of aluminum products. He teamed up with the celebrated Raphael S. Soriano, a former intern of the renowned architect Richard Neutra, to build a spectacular home.

    Of course, Grossman was intrigued by the idea of displaying Grossman aluminum products in his residence.

    Pool and patio

    The finished product eventually become known as El Paradiso, thanks to its remarkable and almost maintenance-free aluminum structure. It remains an original architectural treasure 57 years later.

    It was built with an aluminum frame and anodized exterior panels that never require painting. Interior surfaces are lined with easy-to-maintain Formica, terrazzo, and cork.

    Cork wall, terrazzo floor, aluminum ceiling

    The home’s brilliant colors are baked into the finishes, and the classic midcentury color palette remains intact.

    The different shades range from tangerines to yellows to avocados to blues to purples and everything in between. The home lends itself to additional pops of midcentury color in the furniture and accessories.


    Walls in the original color

    Dressing area


    Children’s room

    Nowhere is the cheery color scheme more evident than in the bright yellow kitchen. Bright cabinets are accentuated by a unique and functional pop-up table. An awesome breakfast bar has the fun feel of a Googie diner.


    Breakfast bar

    Thanks to Grossman’s direction, the home was designed with 28 aluminum-and-glass sliding doors. They were all designed expressly for the house and have proved to be unusually sturdy over the decades.

    Relatively frequent California earthquakes have done nothing more than rattle those sliding doors—the worst damage suffered from the temblors involved a few small cracks in the terrazzo floors.

    Aluminum sliders

    The indoor atriums are also standouts. The glass-enclosed spaces with tropical plants growing inside were the original “California rooms.”

    Way ahead of their time, they provide the seamless blending of indoor and outdoor spaces that’s so popular throughout Southern California these days.


    Bedrooms and bathrooms and most of the public spaces are on the home’s first level. The entire second floor is an intriguing office space, ideally configured for the members of a large family to work and study at home, an eerily prescient design choice.

    Second-story office

    Outdoors, the sparkling pool is surrounded by mature, tropical foliage in harmony with the modernist style. A car port, rather than an enclosed garage, is also typical of the midcentury aesthetic.


    The home has only had two owners since it was built. In 2016, the current owners purchased it from the Grossman family for $2,475,000. They performed some restoration work and kept the place in immaculate shape, preserving the modernist qualities that make the home so intriguing.

    Ideally, new owners will have similar respect for the home’s heritage and will continue this stewardship.

    Historical designation

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