Modest midcentury modern by Ray Kappe asking $875K in Laurel Canyon

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Known as the Margaret O. Smith Residence, this cozy cottage at 8322 Ridpath Drive in Laurel Canyon was designed in 1957 by the still-active Ray Kappe.

Measuring a compact 990 square feet, the boxy abode has two levels. On the upper level, you’ll find an open plan living and dining room, the kitchen, the master bedroom and bathroom, while the lower level contains a second bedroom and full bath.

Features include beamed ceilings, a freestanding fireplace, hardwood floors, built-in shelves, new appliances, skylights, a private balcony off the main bedroom, and sliding glass doors that open to the garden patio.

Surrounded by trees on a 3,219-square-foot lot, the pedigreed property is listed with Greg Harris of Compass and Michael Collins of Coldwell Banker at an asking price of $875,000. Open house is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.


The open plan living/dining area.

Features include hardwood floors, a freestanding fireplace, and modernized kitchen with new appliances.

Walls of glass slide open to the garden patio.

The master bedroom also has sliding glass doors that open to a private balcony deck.

The boundary between indoors and out is blurred.

The backyard has several distinct lounging areas.

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