1955 Hollywood Hills Retreat Serves Midcentury Modern in all its Glory

Midcentury Home Bobby Darin

This iconic midcentury pad carries a look straight out of the lavish ‘50s Hollywood condos. Built in 1955 for couple Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee, the Hollywood Hills residence has since been retouched by designer Jim Walrod to tailor the clean-lined midcentury house into a retreat for hotelier Jason Pomeranc. The original design is believed to be the craftsmanship of pioneering American architect William Krisel.

Midcentury Home Bobby Darin
Midcentury Home Bobby Darin
Midcentury Home Bobby Darin
Midcentury Home Bobby Darin
Midcentury Home Bobby Darin

With its butterfly roof and desert style exterior, this home screams California midcentury modernism from the get go. Featuring a clean and light exterior mixed with a bit of natural stone by the garage as well as chimney, the home sits harmoniously within the hillside surrounded by lush plantations native to the area.

Inside, the single story open plan encircles the central swimming pool. The light grey hued terrazzo floor has been brought up to date since the days of Bobby Darin. With stylish furniture carefully selected to match, the spacious living area carries a breezy feel while enjoying views of the pool area outside. 

Midcentury Home Bobby Darin
Midcentury Home Bobby Darin
Midcentury Home Bobby Darin
Midcentury Home Bobby Darin

The pool area is accessible from various rooms of the house. Glass doors slide open to the inner courtyard not only from the main open plan living area, but also from the bedroom and a second smaller lounge space. In addition to the mostly glazed walls on the side of the home looking out to the pool, clerestory windows throughout the home’s design allow plenty of natural light to pour in from different angles.

Midcentury Home Bobby Darin
Midcentury Home Bobby Darin
Midcentury Home Bobby Darin

The same natural stone from the home’s exterior decorates the inside of the house. What extends into a chimney outside makes for a chunky pillar in the master bedroom. The pillar creates a break into the open bedroom space and includes an embedded fireplace. Similar to the bedroom, the end of the main living room area is made completely of natural stone, also inclusive of an embedded fireplace.

The bathrooms are draped in Calacatta gold marble and the spacious bathrooms exude a grand impression.

Midcentury Home Bobby Darin
Midcentury Home Bobby Darin
Photos by Lauren Engel

Outside, the central pool is surrounded by plenty of area for hosting and entertaining even the larger groups of people without feeling crammed. Beautiful views of the surrounding hills serve as a backdrop, topping off the relaxed, refuge from the big city life feels.