It feels fitting for a musician like Martin Johnson—whose milieu is American rock and pop—to have settled here, in this modern cabin with a wide-open view of one of the most iconic sights in the U.S., the Hollywood sign. Helmer of The Night Game and former frontman of Boys Like Girls, Johnson has also made career as a songwriter of multi-platinum songs. When he’s not touring, he retreats to this inviting haven, built in 1978 byaward-winning architect Tony Ngai and updated to reflect a modern sensibility with hints of timeless Scandinavian style.
Los Angeles, California | Patricia Ruben, Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage
The interiors display an emphasis on clean lines, natural materials—including Swedish Kährs wood flooring and clear-cedar ceilings that mirror the home’s striking façade—and the maximization of natural light. This sort of warm modernism—relatable and appealing yet sophisticated—creates a deep-seated sense of comfort, furthered by such spaces as a cushioned “conversation pit” with a fireplace and a library with custom shelving and track ladder for accessing its upper reaches.
The charming and colorful Miele-outfitted kitchen features a cozy window seat and an adjoining dining area with doors to a balcony. Throughout, soaring ceilings contribute to an airy lightness, and oversized windows transform views of the surroundings into veritable works of art.
The home offers three restful bedrooms, four light-filled baths, and generous closet space—including a well-appointed room-size walk-in in the master suite. The master bath offers a soothing soaking tub, a relaxing steamshower, custom floating vanities, and—appropriately for the home of a musician—surround sound speakers.
Picture windows offer views of the enveloping canyons. The cabin’s enviable location—at the end of a cul-de-sac on a road less traveled—affords desirable privacy.
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