A German artist lists Laurel Canyon's bohemian-inspired Spanish as one of her favorite styles
Real estate investors began developing Laurel Canyon in the 1910s, once a secluded valley that provided water and grazing for livestock. The rustic enclave seemed to draw artsy types from the get-go, housing renowned film stars (Clara Bow, Ramon Navarro, Marlon Brando), musicians (Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison), authors (Noel Coward), and painters (Erté) at various points in time. It appears one of the neighborhood's current creative denizens, German artist Sophie Wahlquist, will soon leave the bucolic neighborhood.
Earlier this year, Wahlquist was named one of Frieze magazine's "10 Emerging Artists to Watch at Frieze Los Angeles" for her ceramic work. A Spanish-style residence designed and built by noted designer-builder Albert Beach Crist was located on a narrow cul-de-sac street in Hollywood Heights, Beachwood Canyon, and Laurel Canyon.
According to Rich Report, this 2,614-square-foot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, including a newly added primary suite with chartreuse-tiled bathroom. There are also cosmetic modifications, including ceramic sconces made by Wahlquist and walls painted with primitive trompe l'oeil scenery. These details, along with hardwood floors, stenciled wood, archways, casement windows, wrought-ironwork, brick fireplaces, and decorative tiles, coexist harmoniously with the period details.
The home's upper level contains the living room, dining room, and kitchen, as well as a wrap-around deck and built-in benches on the lower level. The remaining backyard is divided into a flat terraced grass section and a sloped (but meticulously tended) landscape below with lemons, grapefruit, limes, apricots, mandarins, and olive trees.