When it was time to leave their desert oasis (part 1), Chase and his partner wanted a full-time residence that was just as chic and stylish. Enter a midcentury home that is the envy of every LA modernist.
Their Mulholland full-time residence, which they bought in 1997, began life as a 900-square-foot, 1948 clapboard house that was remodeled in the ’60s to 2,100 square feet. The size of the living room doubled, and a dining room and master suite were added, along with a pool, patios and decks that overlook the Santa Monica mountains setting, a view beloved by many an LA modernist. This resulted in some quirky spaces, like a bedroom that was partially swallowed by a hallway.
“You walk in the front door and to the left are the public rooms, with the private spaces to the right; the bedroom proportions are a little odd,” admits Langford. “That suits us fine because we don’t have kids but do entertain a lot. Many of the midcentury architects did that, of course, labeling their bedrooms ‘chambers’ on their floor plans. They’d devote more space to the public rooms with the idea being the family had gathering spaces for social interaction.”
“And the indoor-outdoor vistas really connect with the public rooms,” Ziel adds. (The couple then debates if describing ‘sweeping panoramas as far as the San Jacintos in Palm Springs on clear days’ doesn’t sound far better than the more mundane ‘valley views of Encino and reflector panels at Universal Studios.’) “We often have dinner parties for eight or 10, but because of the wall of glass, you never feel [constrained] for space—it goes on and on.”
Of course, no LA modernist dream home would be complete without a credit roll of celebrity cameos—check back in for part 3 of this double feature to get the scoop!