The 1966 Time Capsule 

A beautifully realized 60’s-era Modern in Silver Lake. Many months of design, planning and careful execution have resulted in a gracious hillside home that provides an ideal floor plan and sweeping city views.

1444 Murray Drive was a house that we couldn’t resist: a three-bedroom, two-bathroom “time capsule” circa 1966. Virtually untouched, yet worn by age, it presented unique challenges that inspired highly creative solutions. For example, the original ceilings made the living, dining and kitchen areas feel cramped — while an unused attic hinted at opportunity. We reclaimed that space, adding new beams to the now-soaring ceiling and opened the space into a Great Room.

The result is transformative as the now-combined spaces flow together to create an open, highly functional living area, distinctive for a home of this vintage. Wide-plank walnut floors are underfoot and industrial-use lighting hangs above. The retro-inspired kitchen is finished in reclaimed scaffolding wood, with a rare Western-Holly wall oven and range. A sliding door leads to a freshly resurfaced patio. Bedrooms are generously proportioned with a nostalgic nod to both the original home and the era. Bathrooms have been completely remodeled. There is a laundry area plus a two-car garage.

Finally there’s the view. From the upper terrace that features a new pergola and multiple sitting areas, a westward-facing vista takes in the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park Observatory and every sunset yet to come.