A Modern Mission in the Oaks of Los Feliz

A Modern Mission in the Oaks of Los Feliz

View of home in the Hollywood Hills at dusk.

5500 Tuxedo Terrace, Los Angeles CA 90068

Trust me, a tour of this home will make your heart flutter. The list of things that I love about this Mission-inspired home is long, but it starts with the basics. That is, this home is eminently livable. Walking through it, it’s evident that great care went in to its design – everything from the flow to the finishes to the flora. Designed by June Street Architecture, the attention to detail is second to none. And what I particularly admire about the entire package is that it manages to be spectacular without a hint of pretension.

Pool at golden hour with view of LA.

Mitered glass windows and a view of LA.

As an example of the details, just check out the windows. These are most definitely not off-the-shelf from Home Depot. The long, horizontal panes of glass with mitered corners provide a sleek view to the expanse of LA that spreads out below.  That sleekness, though, is made timeless by the rich wood that frames the glass. Frank Lloyd Wright used this to great effect many times.

Living room with a view of LA.

Under foot you’ll find one of the most beautiful hardwood floors you’ve ever seen. Made of reclaimed red and white oak from a 100 year-old barn, it has tones and a finish that are gorgeous. And with a complement of tongue-in-groove wood overhead as well, an otherwise enormous living room feels downright cozy.

Living room with a view of LA.

With an open floor plan, the living room and dining room flow right into the oversized kitchen, which is a true chef’s workspace as you’ll soon see.

Living room with wood ceiling and built in shelves.

The eye may go directly to the wall of built-ins at the far end of the living room. But after a longer look, you’ll notice that even the wall that frames them has a soft beauty to it. That probably comes from the fact that they’re made of hand-troweled plaster. The same is true of the home’s exterior walls.

A modern chef's kitchen.

Here’s the previously mentioned kitchen. No cabinets overhead – just open shelving. I love the functionality of that, as well as the clean lines that it creates. The cabinets down below adopt the same clean lines. And if you’ve always wanted to have a commercial grade oven with a faucet installed above the cooktop, you can now check that off your list.

Office with dramatic lighting.

Dramatic colors and light highlight this office, which features an outside entry door.

Primary bedroom with views of the city.

The primary bedroom opens to a patio, the perfect setting for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast, or a nightcap while looking at the stars.

Primary bathroom.

The primary bath – looks and feels like a spa to me.

Guest bedroom.

A second bedroom on the main level is nearly as spacious as the primary bedroom, and it features loads of closet space.


Outdoor stairway to separate guest room.

Although the home is essentially a one-story ranch, there is a bonus space below that can be used for any number of things.

Guest bedroom with retracting walls to outside.

In the present incarnation, the separate living space is set up as a bedroom. But it could easily be set up as a studio for art, yoga, music, a garden workshop, or the ultimate man cave.  With two walls that open to the outdoors, it’s such a cool space that you may end up needing to flip a coin to choose which use wins out.

Guest bathroom.

And it has its own bathroom with top-notch appointments.

Long shadows across the lawn at dusk.

What makes this property really special is the use of the land upon which it’s sited. The house itself is built on the promontory of a 34,489 sf lot, most of which extends down the hillside. For many properties, that means the land goes unused. In this case, it’s been transformed into a veritable parkland that includes paths, terraces, and multiple seating areas to choose from depending on your preferred view and degree of sun/shade.

With a dark bottom and framed by lush grass, the saltwater pool has the ambience of a mountaintop lake, which makes it somehow feel private even while offering180-degree views of forever.

Tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac, this 4 bedroom/4 bath home was effectively rebuilt in 2014, but its Mission inspiration is timeless. On that note, one of the last things worth mentioning is the roof, which is covered in tiles that were imported from Spain. So if you get to see this place, take it slowly and look close. It’s the details that make it a gem.

This is a hillside homestead where comfort abounds, inside and out. After a short walk down a path through the hills lined with mature grasses on all sides, you’ll come to this beautiful terrace where you can chill with a book or just enjoy the views of the canyon and city.

5500 Tuxedo Terrace, Los Angeles CA, 90068

Architect: Vernon F. Duckett
List Price: $4,995,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Sq Feet:  –
Lot Size: 34,489
Year Built: 1962
Air: Central
Floor: Hardwood, Stone, Tile
Parking: Carport
Views: Canyon, Catalina, City, City Lights, Hills, Ocean, Panoramic, Skyline
Fireplace: None
MLS #: 24-395273

Listing Courtesy of Michael Maguire and Victoria Massengale of Compass.

Note: Information above reflects market status as of the date this post was originally published. Feel free to call for current market status.

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