Father of personal computing Alan Kay and his novelist wife list L.A. home with Secret Room and Performance Hall

American computer scientist Alan Kay (known as the “father of personal computing”) and his  wife, writer Bonnie MacBird (who penned five Sherlock Holmes novels and the original script for TRON) are selling their long-time Los Angeles residence.

Photo By Marcin Wichary from San Francisco, U.S.A. - Alan Kay, CC BY 2.0, / Wiki Commons

The two have recently listed their John Byers-designed house — which they’ve been calling home for the past 35 years — for $6.995 million.

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Alan Kay's extraordinary house

The property is known as the Contrapuntal House, a moniker it borrowed from its most striking feature:

its Contrapuntal Performance Hall, a meticulously designed, acoustically perfected two-story concert hall and 8,000-book library with a secret room.

But our favorite part of the house is the upper-level, custom-designed library that’s every booklover’s dream, with the capacity to house over 8,000 books.

The 5,389-square-foot home sits on a half-acre in the coveted Brentwood Heights area north of Sunset in Los Angeles, and has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths.

Lovingly maintained and expanded over the years, the house features an expansive living room with soaring, beamed ceilings, skylights, and a designer fireplace.

The 5-room primary suite has high ceilings and a marble fireplace, with a large walk-in closet, a marble-clad bathroom, a sunny gym with French Orangerie detailing, and a Japanese-style Zen retreat.

Outside, there's a lighted tennis court and a classic, kidney-shaped pool along with al fresco dining areas surrounded by soaring sycamores, mature avocado & fruit trees, and a rose garden.

Alan Kay, widely recognized as one of the forefathers of personal computing, was one of the earliest advocates for using the computer as a dynamic instrument of learning and creativity.

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