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Laurel Canyon midcentury serves up seamless outdoor connections for $3.8M

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The polished modern sits on a private, tree-filled lot

A photo of a large fireplace with a bookshelf behind it and, on either side, a wall of large glass windows that run floor to ceiling.
The house has two wood-burning fireplaces.
Courtesy of Compass

This swanky Laurel Canyon home occupies .69 tree- and grass-filled acres and offers enough windows to really take it all in.

Designed in 1953 by architect Robert Thorguson, then a recent graduate of architecture school at USC, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house incorporates many hallmarks of the period, including huge walls of glass and sliding glass doors, clerestory windows, and a post and beam construction.

A glass-walled communal room is flanked by the pool and the forest-like backyard, and throughout, the proliferation of glass windows allows the line between indoor and outdoor to be blurred.

The residence also boasts two wood-burning fireplaces, radiant-heated concrete floors, and wood paneling.

Located at 8956 Wonderland Park Avenue, the residence is said to be one of the “three very special houses” designed and built by Thorguson for himself, the listing says. Last sold in 1999 for $810,000, the residence is now listed for $3.79 million. Sasha Anthome-Kuzemka and Sherri Rogers of Compass have the listing.

A pphoto of a galley kitchen with a clear view of the backyard because one of the walls of the house is just glass.
The kitchen gets loads of natural light and has a direct line of sight to the backyard.
A photo of a fireplace with an adjacent wall of open sliding glass doors.
Besides views, features include radiant-heated concrete floors and wood paneling.
A photo of the swimming pool and, very close by, the sliding door into the master bedroom.
Step outside the bedroom and into the pool in less than 20 steps.
A photo of a bathtub with deep red tiles surrounding it. In the background, a rainbow-tiled shower area is visible.
The master bedroom is a fantasy of tile.
A photo of a wall of the house—largely glass doors and panels—reflecting the grass and trees.
The house blends into the outdoors—the three-quarter acre lot that surrounds the house.