The band members of Maroon 5 sure know how to pick ’em. They’ve racked up several impressive midcentury modern residences, including this glossy steel number in Los Feliz, appropriately named The Steel House. Lead guitarist James Valentine purchased the home in 2006, paying $2.2 million, and he’s now ready to part with it.
It’s come a long way in 13 years. About a year after scooping up the property at 2300 North Edgemont, Valentine enlisted Mark Haddawy, who restores architectural homes, to undo changes made in the ’90s that strayed from its original 1960 condition.
“You could tell it was a great house,” says Haddawy. But original elements, including the beamed ceilings had been covered up. “The idea was that the steel decking on the outside was to pass through the inside,” he says, but a previous owner “had dry-walled the whole inside of the house.”
Haddawy revealed the beams, stripped away slate flooring and installed terrazzo, and totally overhauled the kitchen and bathrooms. Without much, if any, original documentation to work on, he says “it took some imagination to try to create something that made sense.”
Sited on 0.29 acres directly below the Griffith Observatory, the 2,092-square-foot home wraps partially around a comma-shaped pool and is surrounded by verdant landscaping. Walls of glass offer views of that pool and greenery, along with the Downtown LA skyline. The home holds three bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a master suite with royal blue carpet, floating cabinets in Robin egg blue, and a built-in, sunken bathtub.