This RM Schindler-designed home in Los Angeles is priced at $2.4 million – Rob reports
In an ever-evolving city like Los Angeles, where older homes, even those bearing some architectural distinction, are frequently torn down to make room for larger, more modern homes, it’s rare to find an 80-year-old house virtually untouched by one of the country’s most respected architects. world to become available.
In the historic Outpost Estates neighborhood rising in a steep valley above Hollywood’s west end, a 1941 residence by iconoclastic architect R.M. Schindler, described in marketing materials as “in original condition with minor modifications,” has come to market By great request. The price is $2.4 million. Bryn Faraday and Matthew Berkeley at Compass hold the list.
Known as the J.H. and Margaret Druckman House, after the original owners who commissioned it, this modest-sized house is set behind a forest of mature greenery near the top of the valley, where it meets Mulholland Drive. There are three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms as well as a 1,662-square-foot study.
At the front door, a cantilevered flat roof creates a tiled outdoor living space with an unadorned but remarkably oversized fireplace. Schindler used humble materials like brick and rotary-cut plywood to great effect throughout the house. Vaulted ceilings add volume, and windows are strategically placed to harness light and provide glimpses of the sky through glass windows and open views of the lush valley thanks to expansive glass surfaces.
The main floor consists of a fireplace-side living room, a dining area with plywood built-ins, and a kitchen with tile countertops over plywood cabinets. The original built-in banquette in the kitchen hovers just above the surrounding treetops.
A cloakroom and study are located just off the entrance, while downstairs the master bedroom is connected to two guest bedrooms, both of which are on the small side by today’s standards. The lower level also includes a den, laundry room, and two antique bathrooms, one covered in lavender tile and the other with turquoise tile around the tub/shower.
The balcony off the dining area is complemented by a brick terrace that runs along the back of the house, overlooking an oval-shaped swimming pool set in a shaded space and surrounded by beautiful stone terraces.
Born and educated in Austria, Schindler moved to the United States in 1914 and later worked with other leading icons of modern architecture, including Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra. (In keeping with family tradition, the swimming pool at the Druckman residence was designed by Neutra.) Among Schindler’s most famous works are some of his earliest residential works as a solo practitioner, including his own home in West Hollywood and the Lovell Beach House on Balboa. Peninsula in Newport Beach.
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