The Duckett Residence, 1964 – Vernon F. Duckett, A.I.A

The Duckett Residence, 1964 – Vernon F. Duckett, A.I.A

Front of the Duckett Residence illuminated at dusk.

7330 Pyramid Dr, Los Angeles CA 90046

For the second time in the past 4 months, there is a home on the market that was the home of the architect himself.  The previous one was the residence of Pierre Koenig, an architect who was catapulted to becoming nearly a household name thanks to the Stahl House, which he designed as a part of the Case Study program. In this case, the architect does not garner the same type of recognition. Not even close. In fact, I hadn’t even heard of Vernon Duckett prior to this listing, and so I needed to do a bit of research to learn about him. But the beauty of this Hollywood Hills home, built in 1964, is a testament to his vision and skill.

Wood beamed dining room filled with light from a wall of windows.

More often than not, post-and-beam homes found throughout SoCal are rather modest in size – especially those with 2 or 3 bedrooms. This home, on the other hand, feels massive. It’s not just a because of the home’s square footage, which is a little over 4,000 square feet. But when combining its footprint with ceilings that are 27 feet high, the overall volume of space occupied by the structure leaves you in awe as soon as you enter the home.

Kitchen filled with light from a wall of windows.

“Walls of glass” is a commonly used phrase when describing the attributes of many modern homes. But just look at this. If this is not truly a wall of glass, I don’t know what is. And on the opposite side of the street, all you see are mature trees.  If you want to see any of the neighboring homes, you’ll need to walk outside toward the end of the huge patio. Quiet seclusion is one of the hallmarks of this home.

Loft overlooking the main living area.

A split-level living room/den occupies the loft and looks down upon the kitchen, dining room, and out through the windows at the entrance of the home.

Loft overlooking the main living area.

At the far-left corner of this photo of the loft is a fireplace, which, astoundingly, had been entirely walled in by the owners who bought the home from Duckett. Thankfully, the next owners discovered this (purely by chance!) and opened it back up to the way it originally was.

Primary bedroom of Duckett Residence.

Two bedrooms are situated at one end of the home, including the Primary bedroom pictured here. Both of these rooms open up to a large wood deck surrounding a pool and spa.

En-suite bathroom of primary bedroom.

Now, this is super cool. The bathroom of the primary suite is in a cantilevered section that protrudes from the front of the house and the mitered glass windows on both sides of the tub offer beautiful views of the lush greenery all around. If you go back to the first photo of this blog post, you can see this feature on the right side of the house. Privacy is not an issue thanks to the secluded location at the end of the road without any homes facing it.

Lagoon-like pool and spa off surrounded by foliage.

The lagoon-like pool, waterfall, and spa at the west end of the house blend in beautifully with its lush surroundings.

Seating area of the loft.

Let’s take a moment to rest in the loft and learn little about the architect, Vernon Duckett.  Unlike so many of the area’s well known architects that attended USC, Duckett  studied at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., the Beaux Arts Institute of Design in New York, and the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts in France. Also, unlike the legion of LA based architects, rather than making his name in the area of residential design, he went on to become a senior architect for the State of California between 1946 and 1954. One of his projects was the pavilion at the Venice Beach Recreation Center, which was dedicated and placed into service in 1961.  Unfortunately, that structure was torn down in 2000.

Fireplace in the common area of the dining room and kitchen.

The home has two fireplaces, including this one in the open area of the dining room and kitchen. The other one is in the loft just above and to the left of this one.

Second bedroom with a wall of built-in shelves.

Pictured above is the second bedroom that leads to the pool area, just outside the sliding doors.

Third bedroom with a private patio.

The third bedroom has its own little private patio, which is covered by the wood of the decking outside the primary suite on the floor above.

Patio outside of third bedroom.

Spacious, tiled patio shaded by matures trees.

At the east end of the house is an expansive tiled patio with overhanging trees, large enough for a small wedding reception.

A view of the Duckett Residence illuminated at dusk from the pool area.

If you’re looking for a home that offers a distinct sense of serenity, this is a home that you should put on your list to tour soon.


7330 Pyramid Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Architect: Vernon F. Duckett
List Price: $4,850,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Sq Feet: 4,072
Lot Size: 15,500
Year Built: 1964
Air: Central
Floor: Wood, Tile
Parking: Garage, 1-Car, Driveway
Views: Canyon, Greenbelt, Tree Top
Fireplace: Dining, Living Room
MLS #: 24-382039

Listing Courtesy of Ashley Martin, Shauna Walters and Nicole Plaxen of Beverly Hills Estates.

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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