Sherman Oaks Timeless Treasure Ted Tokio Tanaka, FAIA
3937 SUMAC DR, SHERMAN OAKS | $3,200,000 | 4 BD | 3 BA
Architecture is timeless. At first glance we thought we stumbled upon something amazing from the late 70’s or early 80’s (we know, not likely). But this house from Ted Tokio Tanaka, FAIA was built in 1940. Gorgeous wood gives way to vertical and horizontal glass windows. Bright green accents in several rooms are bold frames for this geometric treasure.
Museum-like high ceilings define the living room and library. Rows of windows allow for natural light and stunning views of mature trees which surround the property. Intriguing form extends to the quadrilateral pool with various length sides. A canopy of trees creates abundant shade for outdoor endeavors. This exceptional modern house is a one-of-a-kind treasure.
A poetic arrangement of geometric forms, abundant natural light, open space, and the subtle fusion of Eastern and Western architectural traditions best describe the design concept of famed architect Ted Tokio Tanaka, FAIA, for 3937 Sumac Drive. Tanaka focuses on the natural space that surrounds this ~3,240sft home as he uses raw materials, colors, and shapes to fully immerse this home into the private ravine in which it sits.
The use of glass and spatial volume throughout creates a seamless transition to the outdoor settings, allowing the home and its inhabitants to feel part of the majesty of the oak trees that long preceded this structure. Sited on two lots totaling over 1/2 an acre of land and benefiting from an additional undisturbed hillside above, 3937 Sumac Drive provides numerous private outdoor destinations and moments, complete with views ranging from the hillsides and cross-canyon Neutra stilt homes to the city lights of the greater San Fernando Valley.
The first-story public rooms open to wooden decks and areas for entertainment, including a tranquil swimming pool/spa. The entire second story is occupied by the primary suite, featuring a bright sunroom, an open loft office, and a private deck. Rounding out this one-of-a-kind experience is nearly 1,000 sq ft of additional enclosed spaces, providing opportunities for work, exercise, or escape.
Finding a home with these “far from the city” qualities is rare, while still having quick access to LA’s central areas, such as Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Century City. Sherman Oaks Timeless Ted Tokio Tanaka, FAIA.
Listing courtesy Jonathan Butler, Marny Maslon, Zoe Kasiske with Douglas Elliman
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