Beverly Hills Mid Century house by Robert Kennard

For the first time since 2001, the iconic Sommers House is back on the market. This Beverly Hills mid century house is an expression of design that was created in 1954 by the renowned architect Robert Kennard. Kennard was a trailblazer in his own right, standing as a towering figure in the second generation of notable African-American architects, drawing significant inspiration from the legendary Paul Williams. Much like Williams, Kennard was a native of Los Angeles and chose this vibrant city as the birthplace of his architectural firm in 1957. Initially, he dabbled in residential design, demonstrating his mastery over form, space and aesthetics in every project he undertook. From the late 50s to the early 60s, Kennard’s creative genius birthed around 40 residences, each one a testament to his stylistic flair for design.

Living room of  the Sommers home, a Beverly Hills mid century house by Robert Kennard.

Meticulously restored by the design firm Marmol Radziner, the home spreads over a generous 3,322 square feet, offering four spacious bedrooms and four luxurious bathrooms. Upon entering, you’re greeted by an open floor plan, the hallmark of Kennard’s design, allowing natural light to flood in through the panels of glass. Wood paneling lines the interior space, lending an unmistakably mid-century feel to the overall design.

As you step into the backyard, you are greeted by the serene, mesmerizing water of the pool shimmering under the early morning sun. Truly a lush oasis, the property is perfectly nestled amidst verdant greenery and mature trees layered in an array of vibrant colors.

It’s believed that the Sommers House was the inaugural masterpiece that Kennard bestowed upon the world following his departure from Richard Neutra’s office. You can trace Neutra’s iconic aesthetic all throughout the house, while Kennard’s unique style emerges and begins to take shape. The clean lines, the balance between form and function, and the seamless harmony with nature – all quintessential Neutra trademarks – are beautifully integrated into the design.

The property sits on nearly a half-acre lot stretching from street to street. This lushly planted sanctuary exudes a forest-like feeling, complete with hillside nature trails that lead up to Loma Linda Drive above. The home is strategically elevated behind a circular private drive, granting the property a commanding view of the surrounding landscape as well as a buffer from the auditory impacts of traffic on Coldwater Canyon. The Sommers House presents the best of both worlds – the convenience of luxury city life combined with the tranquility of a secluded getaway.

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Listing Courtesy of Crosby Doe, Crosby Doe Associates, Inc.