Sharpless Studio / Residence

Los Angeles, CA
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On a private cul-de-sac with views out to the Pacific, this light-filled structure was built in 1940 by sculptress Ada May Sharpless with a double-height living room to serve as her home & studio.
When film director Martin Davidson & his wife interior designer Sandy Davidson first laid eyes on it, “it was love at first sight.” Honoring the original, beautifully-sited structure, the couples’ attraction to the Streamline Moderne and Mid-Century Modern styles inspired the details of their remodel. The widely-published home offers hand-crafted wooden Moderne built-ins, a Palm Springs-inspired sandstone fireplace, inlaid hardwood floors and a carefully considered custom lighting design with both Japanese and Art Deco antecedents. Open plan design brings views inside and expansive decks invite outdoor living. Views, pool and yard (with separate street entrance) make for a rare trifecta of Hollywood Hills living above the Sunset Strip.