Photography: Juwan Li

Long glass walls peek onto cacti, palms and succulents at this 1961 Beverly Hills midcentury gem, giving its elegant living spaces a verdant backdrop.

Architect Robert Skinner designed the steel-framed Los Angeles property for the Rowan family in celeb enclave, the Hidden Valley Estates. The single-storey dwelling was later photographed by Julius Shulman in 1964 and featured in his Taschen book, Modernism Rediscovered.

The 3,477 sq ft Rowan Residence’s lateral structure encloses a front courtyard with a central tree and a minimalist pool and garden to the rear. Inside, it has open sight-lines, wood panelling and long skylights that create pools of indirect light.

The Rowans sold the five-bedroom home to the Becket family, who owned it for 40 years before it was bought by United Talent Agency partner Greg Cavic in 2012. He commissioned its top-to-toe revamp, carried out by midcentury modernism specialist John Bertram with Sarah Shetter.

Photography: Juwan Li

They added redwood tongue-and-groove sliding along with a chef’s kitchen with Calacatta gold and salt marble countertops, Douglas fir custom cabinetry, and terrazzo flooring. Meanwhile, Judy Kameon of Elysian Landscapes introduced architectural planting to its gardens. It’s now on sale for $9,350,000 via Tori Barnao at Compass.

Photography: Adrian Anz
Photography: Adrian Anz
Photography: Juwan Li
Photography: Juwan Li
Photography: Juwan Li
Photography: Juwan Li

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