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Robert Skinner’s House in Los Angeles, CA. (Listed for $10 Million)


Robert Skinner is a renowned mid-century modern architect with beautiful houses under his belt and made an impact on the style of Coldwater Canyon and Beverly Hills. One of his most known work is the Rowan Residence that was constructed in 1961 and is now on the market priced at $10 million.

The single-story, split-level house is measured at 4,600 square feet on a half-acre land. It has custom cabinetry, terrazzo floors, redwood accents, and glass walls throughout. The interiors also has huge skylights in the courtyard and kitchen, spacious living areas with fireplace, a family room lined with bookcases, a primary bedroom with fireplace, a patio, an attached office, and an elegant primary bathroom. The grounds include an outdoor wet bar, a pool, a BBQ and firepit, mature trees and beautiful gardens.

Robert Skinner’s Rowan Residence is listed by Tori Barnao, Gersh Gershunoff and Aaron Kirman of the Aaron Kirman Group at Compass in Beverly Hills.

  • This is the main entry of the house that has concrete walkway adorned by landscaping of shrubs, trees and succulents with a view of the foyer through the glass wall brightened by the skylight above. Image courtesy of
  • The living room has a green velvet tufted sofa set of two sofas and two ottomans on a patterned area rug. These are then complemented by the large piano on the side and the fireplace on the far corner. Image courtesy of
  • The dining area has a large oval wooden dining table surrounded by matching wooden chairs with cushions. These are then complemented by the wall artworks mounted on the far wall. Image courtesy of
  • This is a view of the eat-in kitchen that has large built-in wooden cabinets and structures on the walls flanking the small round dining table and the kitchen island on the far side topped with a skylight. Image courtesy of
  • This is the family room that has built-in wooden bookshelves lining the walls and extends to the built-in wooden sofa structure with cushions paired with a small wooden coffee table and a TV. Image courtesy of
  • This is a large home office that has a a large wooden desk on the side paired with swivel chairs, built-in wooden bookshelves on the walls and a sitting area that has a pink sofa set. Image courtesy of
  • The large office is brightened by the glass wall on the side of the desk and on this view you can see the computer area on the far corner by the built-in bookshelves and the curtain. Image courtesy of
  • Outside the glass walls and doors of the house is the patio area fitted with an outdoor dining set on a graveled ground topped with a cover and adorned by the surrounding shrubs. Image courtesy of
  • The back of the house also has a large pool surrounded by concrete walkways and a lounge area on the far side of the backyard paired with a large firepit. These are all then complemented by the surrounding lush landscaping. Image courtesy of
  • This is an exterior view of the back at night to showcase the warm lighting of the interiors seen through the glass walls and the exterior lights along with the large sphere lighting above the dining area. Image courtesy of

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Robert Skinner was one of Los Angeles’ most renowned mid-century modern architects. A 1954 graduate of USC’s prestigious School of Architecture, Skinner’s homes made significant contributions to the style of L.A.’s Trousdale Estates, Coldwater Canyon and Beverly Hills. His most famous design, Rowan Residence, was built for the Rowan family in 1961 and appeared in the Taschen book Julius Schulman: Modernism Rediscovered, considered one of the foremost visual resources on the California Modern Movement. Mr. Skinner died in 2008.

Current owner Greg Cavic, a talent agent at United Talent Artists whose clients include Ed Helms, H. Jon Benjamin and Zach Galifinakis, purchased the Hidden Valley Estates home in 2012 and hired architect John Bertram to undertake a meticulous restoration that honors the original design, maintaining the spirit of the 1960s while updating the mansion for the current century with all new fixtures and state-of-the-art appliances. He has now listed it for sale at $10 million with agent Tori Barnao of Compass.

The single-story, split-level, 4,600-square-foot home sits on nearly half an acre of grounds designed by Elysian Landscapes. A patio with an outdoor wet bar, pool, BBQ and firepit are surrounded by mature trees and beautiful gardens with native plants for the ultimate in privacy and peace. Glass walls throughout allow seamless indoor/outdoor living and entertaining in a serene and elegant space.

Inside, Douglas Fir custom cabinetry, Terrazzo floors and Redwood accents provide a classic California atmosphere of warmth and beauty. A huge skylight in the courtyard entryway and another in the kitchen bathe the house in natural light. Fit for a chef, the kitchen includes the latest in top-of-the-line appliances, marble countertops, an island and a breakfast nook. The spacious living areas include a fireplace and museum-quality LSI lighting and a step-down family room lined with bookcases and a unique hideaway cabinet for a flat-screen TV. A sprawling open floor plan connects the common areas, while the personal spaces are carefully delineated.

The primary bedroom has its own fireplace, floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading to a patio, an attached office, and redwood tongue-and-groove siding. The master bath is equally elegant with dual sinks, deep tub and separate shower lined with stylish matching tile. With four more bedrooms and five additional bathrooms, the “Rowan Residence” offers a unique opportunity to live in an architectural work of art in one of LA’s most sought-after neighborhoods.

Hidden Valley Estates is a gated community located in the famous Beverly Hills 90210 zip code. With a 24/7 gate guard, the neighborhood has long been a sanctuary for A-list celebrities, including Adele, Katy Perry, Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lawrence.

The Rowan Residence is only a five-minute walk from Franklin Canyon Park and within easy access of Coldwater Canyon Park, the Mulholland Tennis Club, and the Los Angeles Country Club.

The listing is held by Tori Barnao, Gersh Gershunoff and Aaron Kirman of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass

Photo credit: Juwan Li and Adrian Anz


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