After unofficially floating onto the market for just under $2 million barely a week ago, this one-of-a-kind time capsule in the upper Nichols canyon area of Hollywood Hills is already under contract to be sold.
That means an obviously ardent fan of midcentury-modern architecture — one armed with a grand imagination and enough cash for the hefty remodeling project that surely lies ahead, mind you — practically jumped at the chance to take up the realtors on their loaded proposition: “Someone can bring the grandeur back to this property … will it be you?”
Crafted by noted L.A. architect Edward Fickett, the post-and-beam fixer-upper was originally commissioned by building contractor Jack Weisskopf in 1959 and purchased nearly a decade later by former ABC operations manager Jon Meyers, who lived there until his death in 1981. Most recently occupied by Meyers’ wife Mary Ann until she turned 101, the place has been carefully, and almost perfectly, preserved through the years.
Many of the original details have gone almost untouched, for instance, sans the updated kitchen. Think groovy gold and multihued shag carpets, a rose-colored bath sporting a sunken tub/shower combo and the original two-sided brick fireplace, just for starters.
Nestled on a heavily wooded 0.19-acre parcel, the low-slung residence is fronted by a wide driveway that curves around to a covered carport that can accommodate two vehicles. An inviting entryway off to the left boasts a bright-red double front door topped by a vintage light fixture; and inside, four bedrooms and three baths are situated in a little more than 2,300 square feet of living space spotlighted by high ceilings, and plenty of natural light courtesy of numerous clerestory windows and sliding glass doors.
A terrazzo-clad foyer flows into the sunken living room, which connects via the aforementioned wood-burning fireplace to a dining room outfitted with floor-to-ceiling glass doors spilling out to a spacious backyard patio. Adjacent is the snazzy wood-paneled kitchen, which features a center island with cooktop, a ceramic backsplash and lots of storage.
Sequestered down a hallway on the other side of the front door are the bedrooms, which include a primary suite with a built-in headboard and sliders leading outside, plus a bath equipped with dual vanities and a shower stall; and though the private, tree-shaded backyard is in dire need of some landscaping, it does seem to have ample room for a pool should the new owner decide to add one.