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One of L.A.’s Greatest Midcentury Homes Now Available for $2.5M

For the first time in over 45 years, the award-winning Art Seidenbaum House is on the market, for $2,499,000.

It was built in 1965 for Seidenbaum, a popular columnist for the Los Angeles Times, by the architect Richard Dorman.

Praised by the American Institute of Architects as one of the “greatest pieces of architecture in Los Angeles” created between the years 1947 and 1967, it offers an exceptional opportunity to purchase an acclaimed midcentury home.

The property sits up in the hills on a 1.15-acre terraced lot between Bel-Air and Sherman Oaks, on L.A.’s famous Mulholland Drive.

The unique compound is accessed by a long, private driveway. It’s surrounded by tall trees and mature foliage, which provide an additional sense of seclusion.

You know it’s an original when you first drive up to the front door.

“My favorite aspect of the property is the two peaked roofs with clerestory windows,” says the listing agent, Denise Snanoudj of The Agency. “Aesthetically, they are beautiful, but they also serve a great purpose.”

Apparently, she says, Dorman created them to capture the sunlight from the south—because the house is north-facing.

Seidenbaum House

Peaked roofs with clerestory windows

The main living space in the 3,198-square-foot home is elevated, allowing residents awe-inspiring vistas of the hills and the city below.

“There are phenomenal views of mountain and city lights, all of which are revealed through the walls of glass,” adds Snanoudj.

Living room with walls of glass

The walls of glass, many of them with balconies and terraces, are spectacular, and make you feel as if you’re floating above the city.

A wide-open floor plan allows light to flow through the large great room, which is partially divided by a double-sided fireplace.

Great room with double-sided fireplace

The dining room and the kitchen are also seamlessly connected, illuminated by more south-facing windows.

Light-filled kitchen

Dining area

At least three of the four bedrooms in the main house also boast floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as their own bathrooms.

Bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows

Extra bedroom

The master suite has a private wraparound deck of its own, as well as more remarkable windows.

Master suite

In addition to the well-pedigreed main house, there’s a detached one-bedroom guesthouse with a kitchen, living room, laundry and loft. It could easily serve as a studio or office.

Guesthouse with loft

The outdoor design and landscaping are as carefully crafted as the residence, with a large main deck that features a pool and sauna.

Main deck with pool


On the lower level, a spacious greenhouse supplied with water, gas, and electricity is ideal for growing whatever your heart desires. Even the greenhouse has a gorgeous view of the valley below.

Greenhouse on lower level

“The owner had a great admiration for gardening, so the grounds are very lush,” says Snanoudj.

As lovely as the house is, it will require a buyer with an eye for renovation and preservation.

According to the listing, “This property is exceptional and with a buyer’s TLC and magic touch it can be elevated to its true glory.”

With some work, the residence will become worthy of its esteemed architectural pedigree.

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