Neutra-Maltzan Modern Two Home Compound!

Neutra-Maltzan Modern Two Home Compound!
Neutra-Maltzan Modern Two Home Compound!

It’s like winning the design lottery. Imagine two homes on five and a half acres on a hill in La Cresenta, California, bordered by the Angeles National Forest. But more important, what about owning two homes on that property by two iconic star architects?

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Richard Neutra, 1892 to 1970, was highly sought after by the wealthy to build their glamorous celebrity homes. Neutra had worked for Frank Lloyd Wright for a short time before going out on his own and was known for his extreme geometric but airy structures that was a variation on the West Coast mid-century modern residence. In 1953, he designed and built a home for his secretary, Dorothy Serulnic, and her violinist husband on a piece of land they had managed to buy with their limited finances. Famous for the attention he gave to defining the real needs of his clients, regardless of the size of the project, he thoughtfully produced a comfortable and stylish home for the couple. Measuring at 1,350 square feet, with two bedrooms, one bath and walls of glass, giving it the feeling of being much larger. The couple lived there for over 40 years. In 1997 Dorothy sold it to internationally known artists Lari Pittman and Roy Dowell.

Pittman and Dowell moved in and spent the next few years creating an artistic garden made up of cactus of all varieties, planted in designs reminiscent of art on canvas. Afterwards they decided they wanted an additional home, but one with the same modern concept as their Neutra house. They engaged Michael Maltzan who designed an unusual seven-sided structure with glass walled triangular and polygon rooms that pivot off of a central courtyard. The house was completed in 2009, was featured in Architectural Record in 2010, and has won three awards from the American Institute of Architects.  For more information.

Hillside La Cresenta compound featuring six acres, artistic cactus gardens and two homes by Richard Neutra and Michael Maltzan. A rare architectural find priced at $7.9 million.

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