James Valentine appears to have another hit on his hands. The guitarist of Maroon 5 fame has sold his longtime home in Los Feliz for $4.1 million, or $315,000 more than the asking price. The buyer, per property records, is a limited liability company tied to Aileen Gretty, a granddaughter of oil magnate J. Paul Getty.
Called the Steel House for its steel-framed construction, the Midcentury Modern-style home was designed by architect Neil A. Johnson and built in 1960. During Valentine’s ownership, the single-story house was restored by Mark Haddawy, whose past projects include John Lautner’s Elrod House and Richard Neutra’s Kun and Wirin houses.
Some 2,100 square feet of interior include a living room with a suspended fireplace, a garden-view dining room, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Terrazzo floors and beamed ceilings are among the period details. Walls of floor-to-ceiling windows take in views in three directions.
The Midcentury Modern-style home is built around a swimming pool. (Berlyn Photography)
Tropical landscaping surrounds the home. (Berlyn Photography)
The house features clean lines and walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. (Berlyn Photography)
A patio area. (Berlyn Photography)
The glass-walled Midcentury Modern-style home, built in 1960, was designed by architect Neil A. Johnson and recently restored by Mark Haddawy. (Berlyn Photography)
A balcony overlooks the swimming pool. (Berlyn Photography)
The balcony wraps around two sides of the residence. (Berlyn Photography)
The pool has a built-in spa. (Berlyn Photography)
A suspended fireplace makes a statement in the living room. (Berlyn Photography)
The living room features glass walls on two sides. (Berlyn Photography)
The dining room sits off the open-plan living area. (Berlyn Photography)
Period furniture is found throughout the house. (Berlyn Photography)
Floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room bring in natural light and tree-top views. (Berlyn Photography)
The galley-style kitchen. (Berlyn Photography)
Cabinetry creates a boundary between the kitchen and living spaces. (Berlyn Photography)
Exposed beams top the master suite. (Berlyn Photography)
There are dual vanities in the master bathroom. (Berlyn Photography)
The master suite has a view of the pool. (Berlyn Photography)
A glass-enclosed shower and soaking tub are among the features. (Berlyn Photography)
Another bedroom has built-in bookshelves, a staple of modernist architecture. (Berlyn Photography)
A bedroom. (Berlyn Photography)
Floating steps lead up to the balcony. (Berlyn Photography)
Overhanging eaves are a hallmark of the modernist style. (Berlyn Photography)
The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. (Berlyn Photography)
Besides a swimming pool, the grounds feature a cold plunge and sauna in the garden. (Berlyn Photography)
A carport sits below the house. (Berlyn Photography)
Outside, landscaped grounds hold a swimming pool, various patios, a cold plunge and a sauna. A carport sits below the house.
Valentine has since moved on to Toluca Lake, buying a Spanish-style pad from Hollywood producer Dana Brunetti for $6.4 million.
The 41-year-old musician was part of the musical trio Square and also played with the ska band Reel Big Fish before joining Kara’s Flowers, later renamed Maroon 5, in the early 2000s. The group is known for such hits as “Harder to Breathe,” “Makes Me Wonder” and “Moves Like Jagger.”
The band’s most recent studio album, “Red Pill Blues,” was released in 2017 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
Juan Longfellow and Louise Leach of Deasy Penner Podley and Alex Barad of Nourmand & Associates were the listing agents. Brett Lawyer of Hilton & Hyland represented the buyer.