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Former Waymo CEO Purchases Santa Monica Canyon Home

John Krafcik Settled Into a Modern Twist on a Classic Mid-Century Compound

John Krafcik, former CEO of Waymo, has found his new abode in leafy Santa Monica Canyon, settling into a contemporary twist on a classic mid-century compound, Dirt.com.

The property, initially listed in February for $10.5 million, was secured by Krafcik at a price of $9.6 million. The hillside estate comprises three distinct structures: a main house, a detached art studio, and a detached garage with a guesthouse on top. 

Originally designed in the 1950s by renowned midcentury architect Thornton Abell for muralist Richard Haines, the property served as the Haines family’s residence for nearly five decades.

Entrepreneur Adam Mizel and architect Taunya van der Steen-Mizel acquired the property in 2014, which spans approximately one-third of an acre. Over the course of four years, the couple undertook an extensive demolition and reconstruction project, incorporating Abell’s original plans while infusing the compound with cutting-edge technology and contemporary amenities expected by buyers in this prestigious price range.

Today, the main house boasts an expanded area of 3,450 square feet, featuring three bedrooms, a spacious great room, and a chef’s kitchen equipped with Miele appliances. The residence also showcases radiant heated floors, UV-filtering walls of glass, and custom-built oak cabinetry throughout. The luxury upgrades extend to the renovated art studio, covering approximately 650 square feet, and the 700-square-foot guest apartment located above the garage.

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