Palm trees and Pacific Ocean views aside, California’s spectacular midcentury-modern homes are one of its most memorable sights. Even though the style cropped up all over the U.S. during the middle part of the 20th century, the design vernacular’s emphasis on indoor-outdoor living has always been particularly well-suited to the Southern California climate. Today, the abundance of floor-to-ceiling windows and use of natural materials—like wood paneling and stone fireplaces often seen in such houses—continue to resonate. Below, we’ve selected some of the best midcentury-modern homes to be featured by AD in recent years. As you’ll soon find, each one displays a fresh contemporary take on a now classic style.
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“We lucked into this amazing architect that we didn’t really know anything about,” Mark tells AD. “We’re really happy to have fallen into that.” Nearly two decades later, after raising their 19-year-old son Jack in the home and holding onto it through a three-year stint in London, they’re still enamored with its abundance of windows and sweeping curves, including a round sunken den. What Skye never loved, however, was the home’s original rectangular terrazzo bathtubs. “While they looked stunning and were super interesting architecturally, they just were not comfortable,” she says. This desire for a more comfortable place to soak created a ripple effect. Finally, in 2015, Mark and Skye brought in Marmol Radziner to give the entire house a facelift. —Rachel Wallace