The Ben Margolis Residence

Thank you for your interest in the Ben Margolis Residence at 5786 Valley Oak Drive, a truly unique and outstanding architectural achievement.

When one compares the work of most sought after midcentury architects in Los Angles and the nation, the Ben Margolis House is the only residence in Los Angeles that represents an intriguing history of the collaboration of two legendary mid-century architects, Gregory Ain and Pierre Koenig.


In 1951 Los Angeles’ progressive civil rights lawyer Ben Margolis, (who made history for defending the “Hollywood Ten” in the highest court of the country), commissioned architect Gregory Ain, and the Margolis Residence was finished in 1952.

43 years later Margolis sold his residence to Los Angeles lawyer William J. Koppany and it was he who commissioned then 79-year-old legendary architect Pierre Koenig, a former student and protégée of Ain, to construct a guest house with pool overlooking the city. The typical Koenig construction in steel, floor-to-ceiling accordion door front, and concrete floors is noted in the literature as the Koppany Pool House and was finished in 2002.

In 2012 fashion executive Ame Austin bought the Margolis residence from W. Koppany and lovingly updated the home keeping true to its wonderful mid-century architectural features.

The private residence is nestled into the eastern part of the Los Feliz Hills into a highly exclusive small enclave in Los Angeles, known as THE OAKS, secured by a private gate which is shared by no more than 20 homeowners.

After passing through the gate, the feeling of complete serenity enfolds, leaving the city noise behind. Located in an exclusive gated enclave of the Los Feliz Oaks, this his property offers privacy and security; safely tucked away on a little-traveled cul-de-sac.

Once you have reached the top of the entrance staircase, the well-balanced flow of interior/exterior takes over. The large living room which can be separated by a floor to ceiling glass sliding door of merely 15 feet (typical Ain feature) supplies privacy from kitchen to dining.

The outdoor concrete staircase, leading up through natural gardens from the patio to the pool, is an aesthetic walk to the golden sunset. Eye-catching also are three rectangular blue, yellow, and blue adjustable sun sails that Koenig installed to enhance the look and form a bridge to bellows clear modernist lines of the main house.


The Ben Margolis house neighbors the oldest craftsman home in America, the Artemesia, which sold for $12 million in 2018, and Samuel Navarro’s residence which Frank Lloyd Wright built, the most notable and original residence which just went under contract in May 2020.

The Ben Margolis home has only been on the market three times in 70 years, making this a truly rare opportunity for you to acquire an extraordinary home.