A pedigreed, 1951-built modern-style Los Angeles-area home is new to the market. The Chatsworth property comes with a substantial privacy buffer: the grounds measure in at 13.72 acres, and overlook the Chatsworth Preserve. It is priced at $21.5 million.
The seven-bedroom house is notable for being the longtime rented residence of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra during the peak of his career, and for being an extra in television programs and feature films. It was designed by William Pereira, a modern-minded architect whose high-profile work includes the Transamerica Pyramid, which continues to define the cityscape of the financial district of San Francisco.
For an early-1950s modern, the single-level house’s overall transparency seems prescient; glass walls illuminate the living areas, virtually obliterating the demarcation between interiority and exteriority. Additional materials at work include block glass and masonry.
The shared spaces are incredibly buoyant and liberating, but the glass-and-space emphasis isn’t the whole story. Warm wood sneaks in, as well as a bit of ornament here and there, including midcentury fireplaces, terrazzo kitchen countertops and hardwood floors.
Other interesting design elements of this property include the arcade lounge connecting the studio/guest house and main house and overlooking the 50-foot pool, a modern twist on a classical flourish.
Sinatra’s records have sold over 150 million units worldwide. His first studio album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, topped the Billboard chart, foretelling the success to come. He released 59 studio albums over a career spanning 54 years.