In the Valley, midcentury modern serves up stupendous views for $1.3M

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This striking residence in the hills just west of Tarzana’s El Caballero Country Club was designed in 1961 by William E. Mader, a USC grad who went on to become principal architect for the Irvine Company. The home was commissioned by Allan Johnson, an industrial designer whose products included the Waterpik, for himself and his family.

Now on the market for the first time ever, the Johnson residence contains three bedrooms and four bathrooms within its 2,060 square feet. Notable architectural elements include a center atrium with pond, clerestory windows, vaulted ceilings, a brick fireplace, and ample walls of glass serving up knockout views of the Santa Susana and San Gabriel Mountains.

Sited on a promontory lot at 18706 Edleen Drive, the .4-acre property is listed with Alan Taylor of Compass at an asking price of $1.299 million. Open houses are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.


Differing rooflines and a semi-transparent exterior wall make for complex interplay between light and shadows.

The center atrium with pond.

The kitchen has openings on two sides. The one on the right looks out to the dining room.

Sliding glass doors off one of the bedrooms open to a private patio.

A commanding brick fireplace anchors the living room.

The .4-acre grounds are carpeted with grass, plants, and trees.

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