RESTORED POST-AND-BEAM ARCHITECTURAL IN LAUREL CANYON
4 Beds • 3.5 Baths • 2,890 SF • 7,585 SF Lot • PRIME CUL-DE-SAC LOCATION • VIEWS OF CANYONS, MOUNTAINS, HOLLYWOOD SIGN • $2,630,000 SOLD
2104 Ridgemont Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90046
This 4BD/3.5BA 3,180 sq.ft. mid-century modern in Laurel Canyon offers today’s conveniences alongside great examples of 1950s post-and-beam originality. Located in the highly sought-after Wonderland School District, this residence was recently restored and features gleaming porcelain floors inside and out, a sky-lit double-door entry area, a large living area with soaring ceilings, clerestory windows, and a white brick fireplace, and an adjacent den/office area. The home’s spacious dining area is bordered by glass on three sides, taking in dramatic canyon views. A custom kitchen has a massive skylight, top-of-the-line (including Bertazzoni) stainless-steel appliances, quartz counter tops, wrap-around island (seats 6), and custom walnut cabinetry. Off the kitchen is a mud room/pantry that leads to the home’s attached 2-car garage. A powder room makes entertaining in these public rooms more convenient. And speaking of entertaining: Over 1,500 sq.ft. of decks, patios, and outdoor spaces surround the house and define the California lifestyle of indoor-outdoor living. There’s even room for a pool on the 7,585 sq.ft. lot.
Lofty ceilings and walls of windows and glass doors continue in the upstairs primary bedroom suite. Views of the Hollywood sign and the surrounding mountains can be seen from the bedroom’s ample private patio. A gleaming spa-like bathroom has two sinks, a stone tub, large shower enclosure, and plenty of storage.
Dueling for the top bedroom spot in this home is another suite downstairs, also with an enclosed patio, plenty of closet space, and a well-appointed bathroom with two sinks and a step-in shower enclosure. Two additional main-floor guest rooms have access to a bathroom with a tub/shower combo and lots of storage. Side-by-side laundry machines with folding counter, too.
The house sits at the end of a cul-de-sac, which delivers an unusually big dose of privacy and solitude for the area. Plentiful street parking. Minutes to Laurel Canyon Blvd. or Sunset Blvd.
- Highly-desirable Wonderland School District
- Close to all the area has to offer
- 4BD/3.5BA 3,180 sq.ft. mid-century modern in Laurel Canyon
- Recent restoration highlights great examples of 1950s post-and-beam originality
- Custom windows throughout and custom wood sliding doors
- Porcelain floors inside and out
- Open floor plan creates great flow among living, office/den, dining, and kitchen areas
- Custom kitchen (and bathroom) cabinetry
- Top-of-the-line appliances including Bertazzoni cooktop, oven, and convection/microwave oven
- Gleaming quartz counters
- Over 1,500 sq.ft. of outdoor decking and patio (covered) spaces for entertaining
- Two primary bedroom suites (both with double sinks)
- Two additional guest rooms with bathroom access
- Powder room
- Mud room/pantry
- Direct-access 2-car garage
- Laundry area with side-by-side machines and folding area
Laurel Canyon is a neighborhood and canyon located in the Hollywood Hills region of the Santa Monica Mountains, in the Hollywood Hills West district of Los Angeles, California. Laurel Canyon is focused on its central thoroughfare, Laurel Canyon Boulevard. However, unlike other nearby canyon neighborhoods, Laurel Canyon has houses lining one side of the main street most of the way up to Mulholland Drive. There are many side roads that branch off the main canyon, but most are not through streets, reinforcing the self-contained nature of the neighborhood. Some of the main side streets are Mount Olympus, Kirkwood, Wonderland Avenue, Willow Glen, and Lookout Mountain Avenue. The zip code for a portion of the neighborhood is 90046. Laurel Canyon Boulevard is an important North-South route between: West Hollywood, Hollywood, and Central Los Angeles; and Studio City and the eastern San Fernando Valley. The canyon's division between the two regions is defined by Mulholland Drive.
The Laurel Canyon area was inhabited by the Tongva people, a regional tribe of the indigenous peoples of California, for thousands of years. A spring-fed stream flowed year-round providing water. The reliable water attracted colonial Spanish ranchers who started sheep grazing on the hillsides in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. After the Mexican-American War and U.S. statehood, the area was settled by Americans interested in water rights. Around the turn of the 20th century, the area was subdivided and marketed as mountain vacation properties. Between 1912 and 1918, a trackless electric trolley bus from the Laurel Canyon Pacific Electric stop ran up the canyon from Sunset Boulevard to the base of Lookout Mountain Road, where a road house served visitors. Travel to the newly-subdivided lots and cabins further up the canyon was, at first, made on foot or by mule. As the roads were improved access was possible by auto.
Among the famous places in Laurel Canyon are the log cabin houses, one owned by silent film star Tom Mix, that later became home to the Frank Zappa clan--and now Lady Gaga--and another (directly across the street) that magician Harry Houdini inhabited.
Laurel Canyon found itself a nexus of counterculture activity and attitudes in the 1960s, becoming famous as home to many of L.A.'s rock musicians, such as Frank Zappa; Jim Morrison of The Doors; The Byrds; Buffalo Springfield; the band Love; and Micky Dolenz & Peter Tork of The Monkees. Tork's home was considered one of Laurel Canyon's biggest party houses with all night, drug-fueled, sleep-overs well attended by the hippest musicians and movie stars of the era. John Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas took inspiration from their home in Laurel Canyon in the song "Twelve Thirty" a.k.a. "Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)", released in 1967. In 1968, John Mayall recorded and released Blues from Laurel Canyon based on his experiences on a vacation earlier that year.
Famed photographer Henry Diltz was also a resident and used the scenic Canyon backdrop for many of his historic photos of rock musicians casually socializing. Several of his photos became iconic representations of the 1960's & 1970's West Coast music scene and many others became famous album sleeve covers (such as CSN's debut album: Crosby, Stills & Nash - photographed in nearby West Hollywood). Joni Mitchell, living in the home in the Canyon that was immortalized in the song, "Our House" (1970), written by her then-lover Graham Nash, would use the area and its denizens as inspiration for her third album, Ladies of the Canyon (1970). Crosby, Stills, and Nash first met each other in her living room. Musician J. Tillman has said that his output under the moniker Father John Misty was partly inspired by a relocation to and personal reinvention in Laurel Canyon. The song "I Went to the Store One Day," from his 2015 album I Love You, Honeybear, recounts the story of how Tillman met his wife, Emma, in the parking lot of the Laurel Canyon Country Store. Former California Governor, Jerry Brown, was also a longtime resident; at one point living in Laurel Canyon with then-girlfriend and music superstar, Linda Ronstadt.
A feature-length documentary, "Laurel Canyon," was released earlier this year and aired (on EPIX) to rave reviews.