This serene modernist post-and-beam home is the creation of an all-star band of starchitects including Richard Neutra, Alexander Ban and Josef Van Der Ker.
The lush garden setting was designed by [Garret Eckbo], one of the early pioneers of the indoor-outdoor lifestyle that became a hallmark of the southern Californian style. Although a tad bit out of step with today’s drought conscious mindset, the garden does provide a wonderful shady retreat with which to enjoy the expansive valley views.
Built in 1949 for 1950s screenwriter Millard Kaufman who was mostly known as the creator of the cartoon character Mr. Magoo. Mr. Kaufmann lived in the home until 1997.
The Millard Kaufman Residence should not be confused with Neutra’s masterpiece, the [Kaufmann Desert Housein Palm Springs.
Nevertheless, the home exemplifies many of the hallmarks of the Neutra touch: the low-slung geometric lines, generous use of wood and natural materials, and a sensitivity to the site. Neutra is the most famous of the minds behind the Millard Kaufman house but over time other significant architects made their own contributions. Alexander Ban created the studio addition and Josef Van Der Ker was responsible for the trellis work and the service porch.
The home features four bedrooms, three bathrooms and occupies just over 2,500 square feet of living space. It is currently listed at $2,495,000.
Listing and photos courtesy of Keller Williams Beverly Hills and Jeff Yarbrough.