Richard Dorman’s Mid-Century Gem, the Seidenbaum House, Hits the Market for the First Time in 45 Years

One of the greatest pieces of Los Angeles architecture created between 1947-1967 is looking for its new owner.

Jenny Schafer
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Master architect Richard Dorman helped shape the mid-century modern landscape of Los Angeles. From homes designed for wealthy clients to commercial and industrial buildings that still grace the cityscape today, his talent lives on through the structures he left behind.

After serving as a pilot in World War II, a talented Dorman returned home to pursue his passion and enrolled in the USC School for Architecture. Five years after graduating, he was already starting his own firm, leaving his mark on the urban Los Angeles landscape, and not only.

According to the LA Conservancy, by the time he was 39, Richard Dorman was president of two firms, had nearly sixty projects in the works, and had won ten national awards, all of which landed him the cover of LIFE magazine’s special 1962 issue, “The Take-Over Generation.”

And while many of his projects were highly praised, a few stand out with their timeless appeal and unique approach to home design.

These include the Glazier House in Encino, the Stone Canyon Residence in Bel-Air, and the Trousdale Estates designs he spearheaded — alongside other legendary architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, A. Quincy Jones, Wallace Neff and Paul R. Williams, who all built homes in this exclusive enclave.

Now, one of his most prized projects, known as the Seidenbaum Residence, is on the market asking $2,499,000.

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The Seidenbaum Residence is a Mulholland Drive classic

Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, this award-winning home has hit the market for the first time in over 45 years.

It’s such a classic, it was named one of the greatest Los Angeles pieces of architecture created between 1947-1967. In fact, the Richard Dorman-designed Art Seidenbaum House won the Grand Prix Award.

Located on one of LA’s most famous streets, the house’s architectural appeal is complemented by its prime location.

For those less familiar with Los Angeles, Mulholland Drive is not just a cult classic film, but an upscale residential road that offers outstanding views of the San Fernando Valley and the Hollywood sign.  

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There’s plenty of peace and privacy at this mid-century home

Spanning 3,198 square feet, the five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is tucked away down a long private driveway into a quiet, secluded compound.

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Upon arrival at this private property, the lush hillside gardens offer a sense of seclusion and getaway from the busy city below.

The two peaked roofs and clerestory windows capture the California sunshine inside the main living area.

Boasting an open concept layout, the home blends mid-century and modern designs. From the dining and main living areas to the kitchen, the fluid design captures a sense of tranquility amid the walls of glass that draw in the natural light. 

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Providing warmth and intimacy, the see-through, double-sided fireplace is a show-stopper in the great room. While cuddling on the couch and enjoying the fire, one can’t help but admire the breathtaking mountain and city views through the walls of glass. 

The one-acre property also offers a detached, one-bedroom, one-bathroom guesthouse with kitchen, living room, laundry and loft. And of course, guests also get to enjoy the stunning landscape and views.

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Outside, the plush property offers a main deck with a pool and dry sauna.

And the lower level greenhouse is fully equipped with water and electricity — repurposing this structure into a gym, yoga studio or meditation room would be a breeze.

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This award-winning Mulholland Drive home is listed for $2.499 million, with The Agency’s Denise Snanoudj holding the listing.

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Jenny Schafer is the former senior editor of a high-profile celebrity blog she ran for 10+ years. A proud mom-of-three and resident of Vancouver, B.C., Jenny writes with a keen social consciousness and passion to keep things positive. She has been interviewed by various news sources such as CNN, Zimbio, Mom Spark and was a regular contributor for HerSay.