Located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with spectacular views of the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounding canyons, this home is a celebration of everything that’s wonderful about Los Angeles. In 1949, John W. Wallis precisely positioned this house on its lot in order to take full advantage of the beauty that surrounds it, then gave it walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors to maximize exposure to the scenery and access to exterior spaces. Fifty-three years later, Dan Fawcett – and dog Bama – purchased the house and took Wallis’ work even further by opening up the interior and removing walls so that the views can be enjoyed no matter where you are inside.
“I was immediately drawn to the indoor-outdoor feel of this home and its location on a raised private bluff,” says Fawcett. “Because of how it’s designed, I’m able to take full advantage of the glorious SoCal climate.” The neighborhood was also a draw, with its quiet, tree-lined streets and convenient west-side location. “I’m close to beautiful beaches, hiking trails and parks, plus Santa Monica’s many fine shops and restaurants,” he says.
To complement the home’s laidback design and cedar exterior, Fawcett redid the landscape with cacti, succulents and Joshua trees. “They were exotic to me since I grew up back east where none of these plants can survive outdoors,” he says. A Pittsburgh native like Andy Warhol, Fawcett has always been a fan of his, which attracted him to the work of surfer-turned-artist Tim Bessell. “Having Warhol on a surfboard seemed like the perfect piece for the home of an East Coast transplant living near the beaches that helped shape the culture of surfing.”