Delicately balanced along a natural ridgeline in Topanga Canyon is a one-of-a-kind architectural dream.
Listed for just under $3 million, this 3,600-square-foot home is obviously special. The home's facade is a bold, burnt orange, the color of the sunset in the canyon. The layer of Sarnafil, a rubberlike material usually used for roofing, wrapped around the home gives it its burst of color and industrial feel.
Designed by Sarah Graham of AGPS Architecture, the home has three pillars: dining, living and sleeping areas that all face out toward the canyon with wall-to-wall windows. The design inspiration was "all about the views," says the owner, Dr. Stewart Middler.
"I've been told it looks like three french fries crisscrossing each other," Middler adds.
Pass the ketchup, because when you step inside, the home's polished, postmodern feel will have you hungry for more.
"There are no right angles in the house. There are no curves. All lines are linear," Middler says. Lines intersect with one another, adding another visual layer. In the dining room alone, the walls intersect at five different points. In the kitchen, even the island seems to play into the lines above. "It may not make sense at first," Middler says, "but when you look up and follow the lines, suddenly you get it."
The house is bright, open, and airy throughout. Instead of blocking off spaces with room-darkening doors, "most of the divisions are done with curtains. You can draw the curtains closed for privacy without losing the light," says listing agent Anthony Marguleas. In fact, there are only five doors in the home.
The 12- to 18-foot ceilings emphasize the open feel of the home and provide plentiful wall space. "The owners have an amazing art collection, and the high, white walls display the collection beautifully," says Marguleas.
The third aspect of this home's masterful design is glass. The end of each pillar is floor-to-ceiling windows, and almost every room has either a hillside or canyon view. Even the massive walk-in closet has its own wall of windows overlooking the treetops.
Unlike other homes in the canyon, this property has plenty of flat, usable outdoor space. There are small decks, gardens with citrus trees, and enough yard space to host a large party.
If that's not enough, the home sits on nearly 10 acres of land. Just a short walk from the main house is a stable, tack room, and corral. Not far from the stable is access to canyon hiking trails.
Built originally as a home in which to retire in style, it is perfect for anyone who appreciates fine architecture, but wants to get away from it all, Middler and Marguleas believe.