Signature works by great architects don't always sell. Here are two properties designed by architect Gregory Ain— both with respectful additional work by two other eminent LA architects, Michael Folonis and Pierre Koenig— one for a radical collective in Silver Lake, the other a handsome house for progressive lawyer Ben Margolis, in Los Feliz.
Iconic- and idolized- architect John Lautner (2011-1994) got his start with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesen, moved to Los Angeles to supervise Wright's projects, and went on to his own career designing some of the most radical residential work built in Los Angeles and Southern California in the 20th Century. These days, his houses are much sought-after by Hollywood's creative community.
In the Tendernob— on the edge of one of San Francisco's "polite" neighborhoods and one of its seedier ones, close to Union Square and downtown— this vintage classic is on the market.
A beautifully-detailed house built by welders instead of carpenters in a Birkenstock-friendly neighborhood. Under ten feet wide and in an uneasy alliance with the neighbors, it's a Minimalist cottage perfect for someone with their own expectations about what a house should be.
Sculptor Robert Graham's studio and living compound has been on the market since September, 2010 and was originally listed for $18M.
Using elements from the classic Los Angeles modern design tradition, architect Robert Thibodeau designed this house in Venice. It's on the market, asking $2.595M.
Roughly contemporaneous with the ground-breaking sitcom about a blended family, this Los Angeles house has the same lines as Mike Brady's house but looks comfortable in the 21st Century.
On the west side of Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley, a few minutes northwest of Healdsburg, this property produces organic Cabernet and Syrah.
The listing says "fine architecture cultivates fine lives." That's long been a premise of modern architects, and realtors will say anything, but it is partly true. Here at 955 Green Street, for almost $5M, life should be just fine.
This house has been a long time coming – a Malibu mansion constructed from the fuselage of a 747 plane was first reported on back in 2006. Fast forward five years and the home, designed by architect David Hertz, is finally complete. While the FAA had expressed some concern about the broken pieces of a 747 scattered along the ground terrifying passengers flying into LAX, the structure doesn't look much like a crashed plane.