Brad Laner's Eichler house in Granada Hills
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Brad Laner's Eichler house( Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times )
By Eric Ducker
Brad Laner was raised in the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, back when his neighborhood was called Sepulveda, not North Hills. This section of the Valley was developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when mid-century modern architecture really took root in Southern California. "Growing up then and being around that stuff as small child, it's just in there in the subconscious," Laner says.
The musician, formerly leader of the American shoegaze band Medicine and now a solo artist, stays true to his Valley roots, living in Granada Hills with his wife, Nydia, and their 5-year-old son. The legendary developer Joseph Eichler built their six-bedroom home in 1964, and after Laner's restoration, it stands as a tribute to Eichler's modernist vision.
This is the third house Laner has owned, but it's "the first one we loved," he says. Click through the gallery and you will see why, here in the latest installment of our Backstage Pass series on personalities in the Southern California music scene.