Architect: James V. Womak
Nestled in a secluded corner of section one in Glenbrook Valley, this sprawling Atomic Era Ranch sits perched atop a lazy, rolling hill. Designed as the personal home of John Johnson, a local builder and lumber company owner, this house expresses one man’s vision of a haven created for his young family. Mr. Johnson personally oversaw and participated in the two month construction of this home. It was designed in accord with a local architect and friend named James V. Womack A.I.A. Johnson insisted in selecting each piece of wood used though out.
Approaching the home, the low slung roof rides on redwood eaves, antique Chicago brick and painted rough-cut cedar siding. Upon entering the reception hall, one notices the natural finished diamond matched teak wood paneling that has been untouched by time. Turning, one enters the “lounge” which is designed in a striking Hollywood regency style. It has a scalloped cove lit ceiling which warms the space along with floor to ceiling windows that draws the viewer’s eye to look out and survey the hill. Adjacent to the lounge, a formal dining room follows the lead and includes the same Hollywood regency style scalloped cove lit ceilings and more windows looking down to the front yard. The Breakfast room provides ample room and seats 6 with facilities just steps away. A kitchen built for entertaining sports natural finished, up-lit plywood cabinets that are actually suspended from the 14 foot, vaulted ceiling. Matching bottom cabinets carry a tile service bar and lower work spaces, all electric appliances as well as a built-in original Nu-tone food center that converts from blender to mixer to food processor. Flowing from the kitchen is the living room with adjoining vaulted, wood beamed ceiling, brick fire place and custom built-ins. On the long side of the living room is 25 feet of sliding glass doors that leads to a private courtyard with an original built-in brick BBQ pit and large back yard. The courtyard also offers access to the two car porte-cochère and two car garage with a bonus room above large enough to host an intimate cocktail party. The en-suite master bedroom features an extra “bump out” room designed for Mr. Johnson’s wife as a sewing room and also has access to the courtyard. The two other bedrooms of the house were for the children, one with a vaulted ceiling and the other connected to the 2nd full bathroom.
The Johnson House is today in original, maintained condition. The home is currently in the hands of a couple who truly appreciates the architecture of the home and the story behind it, as well as the integrity of the neighborhood.