The iconic Mid-Century Modern home of Grammy-winning composer and arranger Paul Buckmaster, who died in 2017, is now on the market for $1,385,000. The Los Angeles home is being sold by Buckmaster’s estate.
Designed in 1957 by the architecture firm Buff & Hensman, it is one of the first—if not the first—residence designed by the team when they started working together.
The firm went on to form the partnership of Buff, Straub & Hensman, and designed iconic Case Study House #20, which “cemented their legacy in the celebrated Case Study Program and Los Angeles’ Modernism movement,” the Los Angeles Conservancy website notes.
What set their work apart in the Case Study Program had to do with their choice of building materials. Rather than using steel, the designers opted for wood, a decision that would become a trademark.
The notable look is evident in this sleek, rectilinear, wood-and-glass jewel box on the market.
“It’s supercool,” says Richard Stearns, who is co-listing the home with Carrie Berkman Lewis; both are with Pacific Union International.
The well-preserved home hasn’t changed much since its inception.
“It’s got that vibe. You walk in, and here I am in 1950s,” says Stearns. “The finishes, the glass, the ceilings, and courtyards—it’s pretty authentic.”
Buckmaster bought the pad in 1998, and made some updates. He added the cantilevered pool, modernized the kitchen with stone counters and new appliances, and gave the bathrooms a refresh as well.
The 1,540-square-foot home sits on a large, street-to-street lot in the serene setting of Nichols Canyon. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The open floor plan features walls of glass, cantilevered overhangs, and several “flex spaces,” according to the listing. The sliding glass doors open to the pool, spa, and deck.
Buckmaster, who died at age 71, had collaborated with rock greats, including Elton John, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and more recently Guns N’ Roses, Heart, and Taylor Swift. Buckmaster famously arranged “Space Oddity” for Bowie, and scored the 1995 movie “12 Monkeys.”
“That house was his working studio,” says Stearns, who notes that there’s been interest in the mod pad from people in the music business. “They probably love it for the same reasons he did. It’s a very Zen, inspirational place.”
While the list price seems reasonable for a Mid-Century Modern masterpiece, it most likely will go for more. A Buff & Hensman design in mint condition isn’t easy to find.
“They’re pretty rare, especially when they haven’t been ruined. We’re going to be getting multiple offer insanity,” Stearns predicts. It sounds like a hit to us.