This Nifty Fifties Traditional Ranch Will Take You Back in Time
When we see a Mellenthin home that isn't an authentic Mellenthin property, one that appears to be in almost original condition and that appears to be close to original, then we should stop, hold our phones, and turn the car around - unless it is an actual Mellenthin property! The San Fernando Valley has long been known for its midcentury ranches that used to be as plentiful as sunshine in the San Fernando Valley (and for those who have observed the real estate of Los Angeles for many years), however these sweet ranches are sadly becoming scarcer as hen's teeth these days, relegated to the ubiquitous "modern farmhouse." It would be remarkable to come across a pristine example of such a building in Hollywood Hills in the year 2023.
In the 1930s through the 1950s, Mellenthin homes were built by the prolific developer William Mellenthin, who was the founder of the company. At Mellenthin, the majority of the houses were typically adorned with some variation of a birdhouse; these could range from a cupola topped with a finial, to dovecotes that were constructed as part of the exterior of the house. Aside from its diamond-pane windows, brick fireplaces, and board-and-batten siding, this particular residence has another feature that sets it apart from its counterparts, the presence of diamond-pane windows, brick fireplaces, and board-and-batten siding, all of which can be found in this structure.
This property is located at the entrance to Nichols Canyon, a short distance from the 62-acre Trebek Open Space park, and it was built in 1955, and appears to have been well maintained ever since its construction. This 2,244 square foot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and it measures 2,244 square feet in total. A row of three bedrooms can be found at the south end of the home, while the living room, dining area, family room, and den are all arranged around the long galley-style kitchen that can be found at the north end of the house. One of the most notable features of this home is the vaulted ceilings with beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, two wood-burning fireplaces, the colorful period tile (hello, "Mamie pink" bathroom), the many picture windows and skylights, the built-in bookshelves and seating, and the knotty pine paneling.
There is a long brick patio that is situated between the rear facade of the house and its backyard, and is perfectly positioned to enjoy the magnificent canyon views as well as the city lights of the city. Despite the fact that there is no pool in this home, there is plenty of room for one with a lot that stretches for half an acre. For the first time since 1997, the property is on the market with Jeffrey Daniels at an asking price of $2.57 million, marking the first time it has been listed since 1997.