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Timeless Ray Kappe midcentury in Encino asks $3.2M

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A treehouse (in that there’s a tree growing through it)

Courtesy of Tim Enright/The Enright Company

Known as the Strimling House, this Encino post and beam was designed in 1964 by Los Angeles architect and SCI-Arc founder Ray Kappe.

A tree is growing through its atrium—but that’s hardly the most striking feature.

The four-bedroom, four-bathroom house holds a wealth of terraces and balconies, a step-down living room, a fireplace with a cantilevered hearth, and walls of glass. The house itself is described in the listing copy as a “multi-cantilevered structure,” which, from the inside looking out, makes it feel even more like a treehouse.

A neutral palette and natural but sleek, minimal finishes manage to make the house look both vintage and contemporary, a kind of timeless cool.

Set on a wooded property that measures almost a full acre, the approximately 4,000-square-foot house is “tucked away behind a long gated drive to a generous motor court,” says the listing.

Last sold in 2014 for just over $2.67 million, city records show, the Strimling House is now whisper-listed for $3.2 million.