A Redwood-Clad Mid-Century Gem in Los Angeles Comes Fully Restored
Notable talent agent Greg Cavic and his wife, Jessica Cavic, have updated the 1960s home by architect Robert Skinner
he Rowan Residence is a Mid-Century Modern masterpiece by architect Robert Skinner, nestled within the enviable Beverly Hills gated enclave of Hidden Valley Estates. Built in 1961, the iconic home was photographed in 1964 by Julius Shulman and featured in Taschen’s tome “Modernism Rediscovered,” according to listing agent Tori Barnao.
The seller is noted talent agent Greg Cavic, whose clients include actors like Will Ferrell and Chris Pratt, according to Mr. Barnao. He and his wife, Jessica Cavic, bought the home in 2012 from the architect Bruce Beckett—who had owned it since the late ’60s—and hired the well-regarded Los Angeles architect John Bertram to undertake a restoration, in collaboration with interior designer Sarah Shetter and Judy Kameon of Elysian Landscapes.
“Bertram dove deep into the project, extensively researching the home’s original plans and referring to the Julius Shulman photographs in order to perform as authentic a restoration as possible,” Mr. Barnao said. “Any element of the restoration that doesn’t directly reflect the original plans at least maintains a ’60s vibe, honoring the time period.”
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The restoration incorporated redwood tongue-and-groove interior and exterior siding, Douglas fir furniture-grade custom cabinetry, terrazzo flooring and specialty lighting, while balancing personal spaces with a sprawling central open-plan warren of common spaces. Walls of glass throughout—combined with an impressive outdoor space complete with pool, lounge area and verdant gardens—facilitate an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
The home had everything the Cavics love about California’s mid-century architecture, including voluminous spaces and the seamless flow with the outdoors, he said.
“From the time we set foot into the house, we could feel its warmth, serenity, and soul,” Mr. Cavic said. “The redwood inside and out reminded us of places we’ve been in Big Sur, and we were taken with the floor-to-ceiling glass everywhere and the huge skylight, which bathed the house in natural, dappled light.”
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The 4,614-square-foot home, on a 0.42 acre lot, has five bedrooms and six bathrooms.
The home features a sleek home office, a children’s wing, LSI museum-quality lighting, newly poured terrazzo flooring and all new fixtures, finishes and systems.
The property boasts a sky-lit courtyard entryway, while a lengthy glass-encased hallway overlooks the outdoors; and the lush grounds are punctuated by mature trees and designer gardens, along with a new pool, a barbecue, an outdoor dining area and a wet bar.
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Hidden Valley Estates is a highly private and guarded enclave of the Beverly Hills Post Office area of Los Angeles, known for being a celebrity hotspot—the area is reportedly home to such stars as Adele, Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Lawrence.
The property is just a five-minute walk from the beautiful trails and mountains of Franklin Canyon Park, while also being within easy reach of Coldwater Canyon Park, Wilacre Park and Mulholland Tennis Club.
Nearby schools include West Hollywood Elementary School, Berenece Carlson Home Hospital and Amelia Earhart Continuation School.
Agent: Tori Barnao, Gersh Gershunoff and Aaron Kirman of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass