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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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