11499 Thurston Circle, located in a clean cut 1950s neighborhood slivered between the 405 Freeway and Sunset Boulevard, provides the setting for 1980s designed, Patrick Bateman-esque extravaganza as seen through the lens of the prolific modernist John Lautner. The entrance into the house is obscured from the street by bamboo and lily of the Nile, style choices that hide the raw, angular beauty of this home. Yet once you approach the front door, a beautiful blue-grey exterior paint scheme melds with austere angles to provide a delightful interplay between forms.
As we progress inside the home, the Patrick Bateman, American Psycho, design aesthetics become particularly apparent: clinical white walls, stainless steel everywhere, walls of glass, and ceilings filled with canned lights. Beyond this display of aggressive 1980s design acumen, the view stretches out over the treetops all the way to the Pacific Ocean, which is a similar color to that chosen for the exterior, a cold, indifferent grey-blue.
And don’t you fret, the 1980s flourishes follows us into the private spaces of this home as well! Dyed leathers, trapezoids, triangular windows, and mirrors galore allow you to really make sure your hair sprayed and shoulder padded into perfection. Yet, in the middle of all this artifice, I am very humbled and excited by the inclusion of a miniature courtyard, adding a smidgen of greenery into this modern space.
Down the hillside, on the lower level of the property, is a wonderfully freeform, lava rock encrusted pool, a pool which, in all its post-war design aesthetic glory, was featured in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine as an example of pristine California life, poolside.
11499 Thurston Circle is currently listed by Clifford Rowe of Douglas Elliman of California for $2,475,000. The home encompasses 3 bedrooms, 3.25 bathrooms, and is located on a roughly 12,600 square foothillside lot.
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