Having recently doled out $5.4 million for a John F. Galbraith-designed home in the affluent San Gabriel Valley suburb of San Marino, Wes Lang no longer needs his Los Feliz “starter” home. And unsurprisingly, the heavily tattooed contemporary artist — best known for his collaborations with musicians ranging from the Grateful Dead to Kayne West — has now officially listed the smaller property, asking nearly $3 million for the beguiling midcentury tucked away in the exclusive Oaks neighborhood section. Lang paid $2.6 million for the place almost four years ago.
Originally built in 1950 and designed by architect Peggy Galloway, the three-bedroom, four-bath home rests at the end of a cul-de-sac, on a half-acre parcel with views of Griffith Park. Meticulously maintained and updated through the years, the structure has 2,800 square feet of living space. Clerestory windows and walls of glass bathe the interiors with natural light.
Garnering attention at the outset is a combination living and dining area sporting a wet bar, plus a door that opens to a sprawling deck ideal for entertaining and al fresco dining. The adjacent gallery-style kitchen has been modernized with cobalt blue cabinetry and high-end stainless appliances. Elsewhere in the house is a media/game room, and a family room featuring large wood-lined double doors that spill out onto a yoga patio and garden.
The spacious master suite includes a luxe bath with dual vanities and a soaking tub. An additional ensuite bedroom can be found upstairs, replete with a colorful bath boasting a blue-tiled walk-in shower and mustard-hued vanity, while the lower level hosts a loft-style bedroom. A guest house/office is sequestered off to one side of the aforementioned deck.
A New Jersey native who never set foot in an art school, 49-year-old Lang has since gone on to become one of L.A.’s most acclaimed artists. His work — a collection of often sensationalist and controversial drawings, sculptures and paintings containing imagery from American history — has found a following among celebrities the likes of Kanye West, Damien Hirst and Jay-Z, just to name a few. West collaborated with him on merch for his 2013 “Yeezus” world tour and again for the rapper’s Wyoming-inspired collection of hoodies featuring an image of snow-covered mountains near Jackson Hole.