This iconic 1962 design is the original craftsmanship of notable local architect Hideo A. Matsunaga. The midcentury modern home embraces Japanese influences and was originally built as a home for his family. It recently appeared on the market for the first time and has since been sold to new owners.
Situated in California’s Los Angeles, the sizable home accommodates four bedrooms, two baths and common areas spread over 2.010 square feet.
After graduating from the USC School of Architecture in 1953, Hideo A. Matsunaga went on to work for George Vernon Russell & Associates, which set off his career as a significant architect in the area of Los Angeles. His work includes, for example, the Japanese American Community and Cultural Center in Little Tokyo.
Matsunaga’s unique midcentury modern design style is known for incorporating the architect’s Japanese heritage, and that’s no different in the case of his family home. ”Elegant and warm, this four bed two bath incorporates walls of glass sliding doors, skylights and decks to create a sense of spaciousness and bring the outdoors in, typical of Matsunaga’s designs.”
The interior favors wooden elements paired together with a clean white palette throughout the home, creating an open and inviting atmosphere.
While the facade appears deceptively modest, a clever floor plan and timeless design await inside the welcoming home. “Sliding glass doors open from the kitchen to a private outdoor lounge and dining area.
An oversized Japanese paper lantern hangs over the entryway leading downstairs to a large den with deck, two additional bedrooms, bathroom, and laundry area that could double as a bonus workspace. Bountiful yard with mature fruit trees, including lemon, avocado, fig, and loquat is perfect for entertaining, playing, and gardening.”
Another set of sliding glass doors open from the main living room to a wooden deck overlooking peaceful views of the Los Feliz hills. The location is ideal for those who love to catch a break in nature but also enjoy dining out and shopping.
The distance to Silver Lake Reservoir is walkable and the local hiking trail for walking, running, and bird watching is accessible all year round.