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Stylishly revamped Buff and Hensman in Nichols Canyon on the market for $7M

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The 1960s post and beam was “restored and reimagined” in 2010 by design firm Commune

The Ajioka House, designed by Buff and Hensman in 1960, remodeled by Commune in 2010.
Photos by Anthony Barcelo, courtesy of Steve Frankel and Carl Gambino

One of several Buff and Hensman-designed homes in Nichols Canyon, this two-story post and beam, known as the Ajioka House, was built in 1960. According to a 2011 Architectural Digest feature on the home, decades of alterations had left it with a “built-by-duct-tape feel” by the time it was acquired by its current owner, menswear designer and tech entrepreneur Derek Mattison, in 2008.

To restore and renovate the property, which contains four separate structures, Mattison enlisted the services of design firm Commune, whose efforts were honored with a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2015.

During its two-year overhaul, the three-bedroom, three-bath main residence was clad throughout with reclaimed oak planks. Interior walls were removed, and windows and skylights were returned to their original locations, though all windows now slide into walls or stack.

Other notable interior features include concrete floors, a dramatic two-story brick fireplace with a mirrored wall, a “floating” staircase, extensive ceramic tiling, and built-in walnut seating.

The home’s outdoor space is reminiscent of a luxury resort, replete with a full bar, dining patio, outdoor shower, firepit, swimming pool, spa, and towering wall sculpture by celebrated ceramicist Stan Bitters.

Surrounded by trees on a .82-acre lot, the property is asking $6.995 million. Steve Frankel of Coldwell Banker and Carl Gambino of Westside Estate Agency share the listing for 2563 Nichols Canyon Road.

The home’s walls are clad in rustic oak planks reclaimed from barns.
Amping up the drama in the living room is the two-story mirrored fireplace wall.
The deluxe kitchen sports a 24-foot stainless-steel-and-walnut counter.
In the master bedroom, you’ll find built-in walnut day beds and grasscloth walls.
The master bath is lined with ceramic Heath tiles, and looks out to a water-wall sculpture by artist Stan Bitters.
The house is on a .82-acre lot with abundant trees.