Robert Skinner’s 1961 ‘Rowan Residence’ Restored, Updated and on the Market for $10M!
Robert Skinner was one of Los Angeles’ most renowned mid-century modern architects. A 1954 graduate of USC’s prestigious School of Architecture, Skinner’s homes made significant contributions to the style of L.A.’s Trousdale Estates, Coldwater Canyon and Beverly Hills. His most famous design, Rowan Residence, was built for the Rowan family in 1961 and appeared in the Taschen book Julius Schulman: Modernism Rediscovered, considered one of the foremost visual resources on the California Modern Movement. Mr. Skinner died in 2008.Must SeeTop 10 Florida Condos For Sale
Current owner Greg Cavic, a talent agent at United Talent Artists whose clients include Ed Helms, H. Jon Benjamin and Zach Galifinakis, purchased the Hidden Valley Estates home in 2012 and hired architect John Bertram to undertake a meticulous restoration that honors the original design, maintaining the spirit of the 1960s while updating the mansion for the current century with all new fixtures and state-of-the-art appliances. He has now listed it for sale at $10 million with agent Tori Barnao of Compass.
The single-story, split-level, 4,600-square-foot home sits on nearly half an acre of grounds designed by Elysian Landscapes. A patio with an outdoor wet bar, pool, BBQ and firepit are surrounded by mature trees and beautiful gardens with native plants for the ultimate in privacy and peace. Glass walls throughout allow seamless indoor/outdoor living and entertaining in a serene and elegant space.
Inside, Douglas Fir custom cabinetry, Terrazzo floors and Redwood accents provide a classic California atmosphere of warmth and beauty. A huge skylight in the courtyard entryway and another in the kitchen bathe the house in natural light. Fit for a chef, the kitchen includes the latest in top-of-the-line appliances, marble countertops, an island and a breakfast nook. The spacious living areas include a fireplace and museum-quality LSI lighting and a step-down family room lined with bookcases and a unique hideaway cabinet for a flat-screen TV. A sprawling open floor plan connects the common areas, while the personal spaces are carefully delineated.
The primary bedroom has its own fireplace, floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading to a patio, an attached office, and redwood tongue-and-groove siding. The master bath is equally elegant with dual sinks, deep tub and separate shower lined with stylish matching tile. With four more bedrooms and five additional bathrooms, the “Rowan Residence” offers a unique opportunity to live in an architectural work of art in one of LA’s most sought-after neighborhoods.
Hidden Valley Estates is a gated community located in the famous Beverly Hills 90210 zip code. With a 24/7 gate guard, the neighborhood has long been a sanctuary for A-list celebrities, including Adele, Katy Perry, Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lawrence.
The Rowan Residence is only a five-minute walk from Franklin Canyon Park and within easy access of Coldwater Canyon Park, the Mulholland Tennis Club, and the Los Angeles Country Club.
The listing is held by Tori Barnao, Gersh Gershunoff and Aaron Kirman of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass
Photo credit: Juwan Li and Adrian Anz