Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine selling restored Steel House for $3.8M

By Jenna Chandler

The band members of Maroon 5 sure know how to pick ’em. They’ve racked up several impressive midcentury modern residences, including this glossy steel number in Los Feliz, appropriately named The Steel House. Lead guitarist James Valentine purchased the home in 2006, paying $2.2 million, and he’s now ready to part with it.

It’s come a long way in 13 years. About a year after scooping up the property at 2300 North Edgemont, Valentine enlisted Mark Haddawy, who restores architectural homes, to undo changes made in the ’90s that strayed from its original 1960 condition.

“You could tell it was a great house,” says Haddawy. But original elements, including the beamed ceilings had been covered up. “The idea was that the steel decking on the outside was to pass through the inside,” he says, but a previous owner “had dry-walled the whole inside of the house.”

Haddawy revealed the beams, stripped away slate flooring and installed terrazzo, and totally overhauled the kitchen and bathrooms. Without much, if any, original documentation to work on, he says “it took some imagination to try to create something that made sense.”

The home is on the market for $3.785 million and is listed with Juan Longfellow and Louise Leach of Deasy Penner Podley and Alex Barad of Nourmand and Associates.

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Maroon 5 guitarist James B. Valentine lists Midcentury stunner in Los Feliz

By Neal J. Leitereg

Maroon 5 lead guitarist James B. Valentine has listed his Los Feliz home for sale at $3.785 million.

Built in 1960, the striking Midcentury Modern-style house is known as the Steel House for its steel construction and cantilevered wing. Architect Neil A. Johnson drew inspiration from the postwar Arts & Architecture Case Study House program when designing the residence. A recent restoration by Mark Haddawy has brought it back to its original form.

Set on a knoll with city-light views, the single-story home epitomizes cool California modernism with its clean lines, overhanging eaves and walls of glass. Some 2,100 square feet of interior features Terrazzo floors, beamed ceilings and an open floor plan.

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960-square-foot Sierra Madre cottage has chalet charm for $689K

By Bianca Barragan

Way up in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, this Sierra Madre cottage is close to hiking trails and far from the action and crowds of city life.

The 960-square-foot house in Little Santa Anita Canyon was built in 1949. It features “Swiss chalet”-style details, like the high pitched ceilings, the exposed ceiling beams, and the wavy decorative wooden details. The rock fireplace is another reminder that the mountains are nearby.

Its two bedrooms are ample and sunlit, and out of every window, there’s a view of mature trees or glimpses of the mountains or both.

Behind the house, a rambling, terraced backyard with a seating area stretches across the nearly 7,000 square foot lot. The trailhead for Mt. Wilson is about a mile away.

The house last sold in 2016 for $628,000. 674 Alta Vista Drive is for sale now for $689,000 with Vanessa Withers of Deasy Penner Podley.

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Here’s what $599K buys around Los Angeles

By Jessica Flores

Looking for a home in need of some TLC? This 1923 bungalow has good bones: a little front porch, wood floors, a 5,404-square-foot lot, and a detached garage. The dwelling comes in at 628 square feet and holds one bedroom and one bath. Walking distance to the Glendale Narrows, Frogtown Brewery, and Glendale Boulevard, it’s asking $599,000.

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Actors Topher and Ashley Grace buy in La Cañada Flintridge

By Neal J. Leitereg

Actors Topher and Ashley Grace have bought a home in leafy La Cañada Flintridge through a trust for $2.975 million.

Last month, the couple put their Studio City home of two years on the market. Located in the desirable Fryman Canyon area, the updated Midcentury home is listed for $2.695 million, records show.

The new house — a charming traditional of nearly 4,000 square feet — sits back from the street and is fronted by horseshoe driveway. Exposed brickwork, a trio of dormers and a covered front porch lend classic curb appeal to the two-story. Picture windows paired with black shutters create visual contrast against clapboard siding.

Inside, the 1940s house has a living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room and a vaulted-ceiling family room that adjoins the kitchen. Four bedrooms and five bathrooms includes a master suite with a fireplace and French doors that open to a balcony. A lower level holds a game room and sauna.

Wrap-around decking extends the living space outdoors. The home sits on about two-thirds of an acre with mature trees, lawn, a fire pit and a swimming pool with a spa.

Kristal Moffett and Juan Longfellow of Deasy Penner & Podley represented the buyers, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

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