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Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine selling restored Steel House for $3.8M

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A pool, walls of glass, and views of Downtown LA

A hillside home with glass walls and a flat roof is surrounded by palms and green landscaping.
The home is nestled in the hills below the Griffith Observatory.
Photos by Simon Berlyn, courtesy of Deasy Penner Podley

The band members of Maroon 5 sure know how to pick ’em. They’ve racked up several impressive midcentury modern residences, including this glossy steel number in Los Feliz, appropriately named The Steel House. Lead guitarist James Valentine purchased the home in 2006, paying $2.2 million, and he’s now ready to part with it.

It’s come a long way in 13 years. About a year after scooping up the property at 2300 North Edgemont, Valentine enlisted Mark Haddawy, who restores architectural homes, to undo changes made in the ’90s that strayed from its original 1960 condition.

“You could tell it was a great house,” says Haddawy. But original elements, including the beamed ceilings had been covered up. “The idea was that the steel decking on the outside was to pass through the inside,” he says, but a previous owner “had dry-walled the whole inside of the house.”

Haddawy revealed the beams, stripped away slate flooring and installed terrazzo, and totally overhauled the kitchen and bathrooms. Without much, if any, original documentation to work on, he says “it took some imagination to try to create something that made sense.”

Sited on 0.29 acres directly below the Griffith Observatory, the 2,092-square-foot home wraps partially around a comma-shaped pool and is surrounded by verdant landscaping. Walls of glass offer views of that pool and greenery, along with the Downtown LA skyline. The home holds three bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a master suite with royal blue carpet, floating cabinets in Robin egg blue, and a built-in, sunken bathtub.

The home is on the market for $3.785 million and is listed with Juan Longfellow and Louise Leach of Deasy Penner Podley and Alex Barad of Nourmand and Associates.

An open living area with glossy white floors is decorated with a blue velvet sofa, rounded green leather chairs, and a white marble-topped coffee table atop a red and blue Persian rug. The kitchen is visible in the background.
A restoration peeled back drywall that had covered up steel beams that run throughout the inside of the home.
The entire home is bathed in natural light.
The built-in, sunken tub.
In the kitchen and bathrooms, sleek cabinets are a shade of Robin egg blue.
A bedroom with royal blue carpeting and a simple bed dressed in white linens. One of the walls is entirely glass and looks out over a pool.
The home is almost totally clad in walls of glass.
The home appears to hover over an oak tree that’s growing at an angle.