Sweet Dreams in Annie Lennox’s New Pad
Four-time Grammy-winning Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox, also a 2004 Golden Globe and Oscar winner in the original song category, has put down architecturally significant real estate roots in Los Angeles with the not quite $4.4 million purchase of a scrupulously restored and smartly expanded 1960s high-modernist pavilion designed by eminent mid- century architects Conrad Buff and Donald Hensman. The property is secreted up a long, gated driveway shared with a couple of other homes and photogenically nestled on a high, flat bluff in a rugged canyon setting surrounded by simply planted gardens and manicured lawns on more than three- quarters of an acre near the top of Nichols Canyon. The residence comprises a modest 2,700 square feet of rigorously tailored and austere yet comfortable clean-lined living space with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.
Pale, almost white, hardwood floors and exposed post-and-beam structural elements on the ceiling provide expansive horizontal planes held in place by vast expanses of floor-to- ceiling windows that visually confuse any easy distinction between indoor and outdoor living spaces. A white brick fireplace grounds the airy, uncluttered living room that spills out to a deep deck daringly cantilevered over the canyon with postcard-ready, cross- canyon sunset views. In the sleekly minimalistic kitchen and dining area, a massive bank of telescopic floorto- ceiling windows vanishes into the walls.
A main-floor guest bedroom with built-in desk opens to a slim deck that surrounds a picturesquely positioned plungesized infinity- edge swimming pool; the master suite connects through a solid wall of windows to a secluded patio that steps up to a grassy yard and entertainment ter- race. Sequestered on the lower floor, a third and notably ample en suite bedroom with private deck is joined by a powder room and discrete sauna with exterior entry.