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‘Case Study’ Architect Pierre Koenig’s Own Modernist House Is Selling for Nearly $5 Million

The personal Los Angeles residence of Pierre Koenig—a mid-century architect behind some of the city’s iconic Case Study Houses, including one of the most recognizable homes in the U.S.—has hit the market for $4.995 million. “Pierre Koenig is one of the greatest architects of our time and created the most photographed home in Los Angeles, the Stahl House, so to own his residence is a trophy unto itself,” said Dalton Gomez of Christie’s International RE | AKG, who is handling the sale of the property with colleague Aaron Kirman. Koenig built the steel home—historically archived as “Koenig House No. 2” by the L.A. Conservancy—for himself and his wife, Gloria, in 1985. Staggered over three-levels, the light-filled three-bedroom residence has an open floor plan with rooms that either flow together or are divided by glass walls. At its center is a three-story atrium, crisscrossed by walkways and staircases that connect the two sides of the upper floors. The house “is extremely unique because of the all-metal infrastructure,” Gomez said. “The bedrooms open up to the living space, which then opens to the courtyard, which gives the home this type of jewelry-box feel,” Gomez said. “The front room was used as [Koenig’s] office,” he added, and the space is still intact. “It’s interesting to think what properties and work he created in that office.” For potential buyers, the most appealing part of the home could be that “it comes with bragging rights that it was chosen by Pierre to be the space he lived and created in for so many years,” he said. The house remained in Koenig’s family for some time after his death, and was restored by his stepchildren. It last changed hands in 2017 for $3.46 million. The owners couldn’t be reached for comment. Koenig, who was also a professor of architecture at the University of Southern California, died in 2004 at the age of 78. His “sleek glass-and-steel houses became emblems of the progressive values of Postwar suburbia,” the Los Angeles Times wrote in his obituary. He was integral in the creation of the city’s Case Study Houses, which were experiments in American residential architecture sponsored by the now-defunct Arts & Architecture magazine. Prominent architects like Koenig, along with Charles and Ray Eames, A. Quincy Jones and Ralph Rapson, were challenged to design and build replicable, inexpensive and efficient model homes as the U.S faced a housing boom caused by the return of millions of soldiers following the end of World War II. Koenig’s Case Study House No. 21, the Bailey House, and No. 22, the Stahl House, are possibly the most famous of them all. The Stahl House, which in 2013 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1959 and has since been the backdrop in numerous fashion shoots, films, and advertising campaigns. It was made famous by a Julius Shulman photograph showing two women relaxing in a corner of the house with a panoramic view of the city through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls behind them. https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/case-study-architect-pierre-koenigs-own-modernist-house-is-selling-for-nearly-5-million-9d26b122

You Can Own This Architecture Icon’s Personal L.A. Home for $5 Million

It’s rare to own a home from one of the greats of modernist architecture, especially one that remains true to the architect’s original design. It’s even more extraordinary to own one designed by the architect as his own home. Archived by the L.A. Conservancy as “Koenig House 2,” a 3,000-square-foot residence in L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood that midcentury master Pierre Koenig built in 1985 as his personal residence is now available for $4.995 million. Aaron Kirman and Dalton Gomez of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate hold the listing. Koenig died in 2004 at the age of 78, and his wife Gloria owned the carefully maintained home until 2017, when it was sold for almost $3.5 million. The kitchen and bathrooms have since been updated in a manner that respects and complements Koenig’s original designs. A series of interconnected cubic volumes that step back from the street, the home represents the late-career apotheosis of the innovative architect’s design ethos and his vision for residential architecture in the 21st century. Koenig was an early adopter and champion of industrial, prefabricated, and economical materials, and his designs often made use of natural ventilation. The three-bedroom and two-and-a-half-bath home’s I-beam steel-frame armature supports vast expanses of glass and a 30-foot ceiling in the central atrium that is crisscrossed by a geometric assemblage of bridges and staircases. Beyond the secured gates and serene courtyard entry, the main-floor living spaces include a fireside lounge, a cozy, shelf-lined library nook, and a sleekly updated, open-plan kitchen and dining area that spills out to the swimming pool. The 30-foot interior atrium creates a vertical space where, on hot days, warm air rises and escapes through the atrium to cool the home. Clerestory windows shower the atrium with natural light, and interior walls of glass allow the sunlight to filter into the upper-level bedrooms. And because the Koenigs were music lovers, ceiling heights were carefully planned for an optimal environment for listening to and playing music. At the back, between the house and a detached garage, a courtyard patio has a small swimming pool with an automated cover. The back of the garage cleverly peels open to create a huge, covered patio for alfresco entertaining. Koenig is best known for Case Study House #22 (the Stahl House) in the Hollywood Hills, often cited as one of the most photographed houses in the world. The previous year, he designed the less dramatically sited yet no less innovative Case Study House #21 (Bailey House), also in the Hollywood Hills, for which he and Gloria posed for promotional photographs. https://robbreport.com/shelter/celebrity-homes/pierre-koenig-los-angeles-home-for-sale-1235488356/

Media financier buys Steve Bochco’s Pacific Palisades house for $25M

A media financier has bought a 10,900-square-foot mansion in Pacific Palisades owned by the estate of the late TV producer Steven Bochco for $25 million — $10 million less than its asking price. Joe Ravitch, co-founder of the New York-based Raine Group, purchased the seven-bedroom, 10-bath estate at 1575 Capri Drive in the Riviera, according to the Robb Report. The seller was Jesse Bochco, son of the creator of “NYPD Blue” and “Hill Street Blues.” The 1.4-acre estate was designed in 1937 by African-American architect Paul Williams, who drew up mansions for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant and Barbara Stanwyck. The property, listed in August for $35 million, sits on a double-lot, making it one of the rare homes listed in the Palisades with more than an acre. Brokers Aaron Kirman, Morgan Trent and Dalton Gomez of AKG at Christie’s International Real Estate held the listing. Hidden behind gates and surrounded by a brick wall for privacy, the two-story mansion features numerous gables, bay windows and french doors encased in white walls and wood trim. The main house includes a formal living room, a family room with a projector screen, a library, a chef’s kitchen, a gym, wine cellar and a private guest wing. The master bedroom has vaulted ceilings with dual bathrooms, walk-in closets and a fireplace. The newly renovated home has a standalone guest house on the grounds, along with a swimming pool, spa, cabana and tennis court. The house, whose rooms have been filled with movie stars and presidents, was once occupied by actor Sylvester Stallone. Bochco, the 10-time Emmy Award winner behind 1980s and 1990s TV shows that include “L.A. Law,” “Doogie Howser, M.D” and “Cop Rock,” bought it in 1997. The producer hosted charity events on its park-like grounds, with guests including U.S. presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Bochco died in 2018 at age 74. Ravitch, whose Raine Group pocketed $65 million for advising the WWE on its recent takeover by the Endeavor Group, is moving to Los Angeles from New York, according to Robb. He has listed his three-bedroom apartment in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park for $5 million. — Dana Bartholomew https://therealdeal.com/la/2023/10/06/media-financier-buys-steve-bochcos-estate-for-25m/

‘NYPD Blue’ Creator’s $25 Million L.A. Spread Sells to a Prominent Media Financier

Last year, Joe Ravitch warned Variety of further upcoming media upheaval and the looming prospect of a “good recession.” But that hasn’t stopped the veteran media financier — his Raine Group famously took home $65 million in fees for advising the WWE on its recent takeover by the Endeavor Group — from investing lots of money into Los Angeles real estate. Ravitch and his wife Sonya were the buyers who recently paid $25 million for a rather stunning Pacific Palisades compound with a very Hollywood history. Built in 1937 and designed by famed architect Paul R. Williams, the Tudor-esque home was reportedly occupied Sylvester Stallone during the 1970s. In 1997, it was acquired by prolific and Emmy-winning producer Steven Bochco, who created some of the most beloved television shows of all time — NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues and Doogie Howser, M.D., to name a few. Bochco utilized the 1.4-acre spread as a main residence until his 2018 death, after which it was inherited by his son Jesse. The younger Bochco put the Palisades Riviera estate up for grabs last summer, asking $35 million, but it took a year and several big price chops before Ravitch came calling. Completely walled and surrounded by an enormous hedge, the very private compound features two gated driveways and a two-story, mansion-sized main house that was recently renovated and painted a crisp white throughout, per the listing. But the real star of this show are the property’s park-like grounds, which also encompass a detached guesthouse, a full-size tennis court and a poolside cabana. All told, the place offers seven bedrooms and 10 baths in nearly 11,000 square feet of living space. In the main house, indoor highlights include a modernized kitchen kitted out with a wood-burning pizza oven and stone countertops, plus a library with a built-in bookshelves, a family room with a drop-down projector screen, a wine cellar and a separate guest wing. The detached guesthouse has a bedroom and bathroom, plus its own kitchen and gym. Outdoors, the rolling grounds include vast swaths of grassy lawn, mature trees and a sparkling pool set well away from the main house. Scattered throughout the property are several spots ideal for al fresco dining and entertaining. Ravitch, 61, is relocating to L.A. from New York, where he owns a home in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park neighborhood. That three-bedroom apartment sports contemporary finishes and is currently listed for sale, asking $5 million. The listing was held by Aaron Kirman, Morgan Trent and Dalton Gomez of AKG | Christie's International Real Estate. https://robbreport.com/shelter/celebrity-homes/raine-group-joe-ravitch-house-pacific-palisades-1235251744/

Inside a Landmark L.A. House by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Son

The Henry O. Bollman Residence, completed in 1922, was the second independent commission of Lloyd Wright, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s son and collaborator on his father’s iconic Hollyhock House in Los Angeles. The estate in Hollywood has been on the cover of Architectural Digest twice under a previous owner and is designated a Los Angeles Cultural Monument. Distinguished by patterned pre-cast concrete blocks and Mesoamerican massing, the house, which has been sensitively updated, remains pretty much just as Wright designed it a century ago. “It’s the only Wright house in the neighborhood,” said listing agent Nate Cole of Modern California House. “He was going off in his own way at this time, trying to differentiate his work from his father’s. The house has a distilled quality. It’s a very modern, livable house even 100 years later.” The sellers, who declined to comment, put the home up for sale in June with Cole and Dalton Gomez of AKGRE/Christie’s International Real Estate. They found a buyer last month and sold the landmark on Aug. 30 for $2.9 million. Wright, whose career included working for the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm and with the iconic modernist architect Irving Gill, devised a knit-block construction system for the Bollman Residence, stringing together hollow cast concrete blocks on horizontal and vertical steel rods like beads on a necklace. Wright designed the house for Henry Bollman, a contractor/builder who had worked with him on several projects. The sellers bought it from interior designer Mimi London. Because of the house’s historic designation, the new owners will continue to receive significant property tax reductions, Cole said. Stats The two-story, 2,518-square-foot residence, sited on a flat 8,100-square-foot lot, has four bedrooms and two vintage-inspired baths. Amenities The property has three parking spaces, and the house has a gas fireplace, a formal dining room, and a contemporary period-style kitchen with an island and a breakfast bar. Neighborhood Notes The Henry O. Bollman Residence is in the Sunset Square Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, whose 348 parcels feature houses that were built in the first half of the 20th century in a variety of traditional styles ranging from Craftsman and Tudor to American Colonial Revival. “The neighborhood, which is entirely residential, is central and convenient and walkable,” Cole said. “It’s a couple of blocks from the Chateau Marmont hotel and Sunset Strip. It’s a quiet and calm oasis, and the Wright house is on one of its prime streets.” Agents: Nate Cole of Modern California House and Dalton Gomez of AKGRE/Christie’s International Real Estate https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/inside-a-landmark-l-a-house-by-frank-lloyd-wrights-son-4598c30c

‘NYPD Blue’ Creator Steven Bochco’s Longtime Home Sells for Nearly $25 Million

A private estate in Los Angeles’s posh Pacific Palisades that was the longtime home of the late TV writer and producer Steven Bochco has sold for a hair under $24.95 million. Bochco, a 10-time Emmy Award winner behind TV shows such as “Hill Street Blues,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and “NYPD Blue,” died in 2018 at the age of 74. His estate sold the property. The seven-bedroom home, which sold in August, was designed by the prolific Paul Williams, who, in 1923, became the first African-American member of the American Institute of Architects and was known for designing mansions for the Hollywood greats like Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant and Barbara Stanwyck in the 1930s and ’40s. Recently renovated, the gated property comprises a more than 10,800-square-foot main house fitted with a formal living room, a family room with a projector screen, a gourmet chef’s kitchen, a library, a gym, a wine cellar and a private guest wing. Meanwhile, the primary suite has vaulted ceilings with dual bathrooms, walk-in closets and a fireplace, said the listing, which was held by Aaron Kirman, Dalton Gomez and Morgan Trent of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate. “The buyers were overjoyed by the incredible opportunity to own a significant piece of architectural history in such a coveted location,” Kirman said. Elsewhere on the 1.4-acre trophy estate is a standalone guest house, a pool with a spa, a cabana and a tennis court. Bochco reportedly bought the home in 1997, and as well as working on some of his hit TV shows while living there, he hosted charity events on its grounds, with guests including U.S. presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Mansion Global previously reported. The home hit the market last August with a $35 million price tag that was gradually trimmed down to a hair below $27.5 million, listing records show. The buyer is a trust, property records show. https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/nypd-blue-creator-steven-bochcos-longtime-home-sells-for-nearly-25-million-b346a8a2

Lloyd Wright’s Mayan Revival masterpiece, the Bollman House, is for sale

When he completed it in 1923, the Henry O. Bollman Residence in Los Angeles was Frank Lloyd Wright Jr’s second-ever solo commission – and the first surviving example of his innovative ‘knit-block’ or ‘textile block’ building technique. During an era when many architects sought to establish a distinct ‘American’ aesthetic, Lloyd Wright grappled with this idea. He operated against the backdrop of early 20th-century ‘Hollywood’ style architecture, favouring mock Tudor, Craftsman, Neo-gothic, and ‘storybook’ elements influenced by the theatricality of the city’s movie lots and sets. While his architectural style bore the imprint of his father’s ideas, Lloyd Wright also introduced his own interpretations and innovations. He believed in harmonising structures with their natural surroundings, using materials that complemented the environment.

$3.2 Million Homes in California

Los Angeles | $3.198 Million A 1923 concrete-block house with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.2-acre lot This house, which has twice appeared on the cover of Architectural Digest, was designed by Lloyd Wright, after working with his father, Frank Lloyd Wright, on the Hollyhock House, one of Wright’s most significant Los Angeles buildings. It is half a block north of Sunset Boulevard, in the Sunset Square Historic Protection Overlay Zone. Hollywood & Highland, the shopping-and-dining complex, is a little more than a mile away. Driving to downtown Los Angeles takes about half an hour. Size: 2,158 square feet Price per square foot: $1,270 Indoors: This property is sheltered from the street by privacy hedges. A gate opens to the front lawn, a courtyard and the house, which is constructed of concrete blocks inspired by Mesoamerican architecture, a signature of both Wrights’ work during this period. Inside is a sunny foyer. To the right is a living room with hardwood floors, a free-standing concrete-block fireplace and a couple of windowed nooks, one with room for two chairs and the other with room for a desk. To the left is a dining room with hardwood floors, more concrete-block details and access to an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and an original built-in seat under windows overlooking the yard.

Lloyd Wright’s Bollman Residence Listed For Near $3.2 Million

The Wright name is synonymous with L.A. architecture, and now a famed piece of the younger Wright’s work is available. Lloyd Wright’s Bollman Residence, just his second independent commission, has hit the market with an asking price of $3,198,000. Today, Wright’s vision remains entirely intact, with only the most sensitive updates for 21st-century living. Patterned concrete blocks and Mesoamerican massing evoke a sense of Hollywood drama; exquisite interior-exterior flow presages Midcentury trends by several decades. Four light-filled bedrooms, two vintage-inspired bathrooms, an airy, contemporary kitchen and a verdant private patio are among the 2,518 square feet of living space. Well-situated on a more than 8,100 square foot flat lot in the Sunset Square HPOZ, the property is distinguished by elements of Wright’s own original landscape design. Nate Cole with Modern California House holds the listing along with Dalton Gomez of Aaron Kirman’s Group. https://californialistings.com/2023/06/13/lloyd-wrights-bollman-residence-listed-for-near-3-2-million/

Hyatt fortune heir buys LA’s Garcia House for $12.5M

This Mulholland Drive manse is now off the market. One of Los Angeles’ most revered midcentury properties, known as the Garcia House, has found a new owner after listing for the first time in 20 years. Last sold in 2002, the dreamy “Jetsons”-esque John Lautner-designed gem has been purchased to the tune of $12.5 million, $3.5 million less than the $16 million it listed for in January. The buyer, sources told the Wall Street Journal, is Nicholas C. Pritzker, a member of the Pritzker family, whose multibillion-dollar fortune is significantly thanks to the Hyatt Corp. hotel chain. The property — which had a cameo in the 1989 buddy cop sequel “Lethal Weapon 2” — was built by the late great Lautner in 1962 and sits atop 60-foot-high stilts Although listing photos show that the interior remains a retro time capsule, longtime owners William Damaschke and John McIlwee (a Broadway producer and a Hollywood business manager, respectively) have invested more than $1 million toward renovations and restorations during the course of their two decades there. These changes include the addition of a privacy fence on the transparent, glass side of the house and, in 2008, the construction of a pool that was part of Lautner’s original design, The Post previously reported. The 2,600-square-foot home also features stained glass windows, a lava rock entryway, original terrazzo flooring and its iconic parabolic roof with a 30-foot-high curved ceiling and 55-foot walls of windows, some with stained glass. The maintenance of the uniquely shaped, elevated house as a historic time capsule is so important to the pair that it factored into who they decided to sell it to. “We chose to pass on other offers because we wanted someone that shared our common goal of preservation and integrity,” McIlwee told the Journal via email. “As for price, we feel like it was totally appropriate for the house and confirms architecture as art.” He and Damaschke purchased the three-bedroom, three-bathroom property from actor Vincent Gallo for $1.2 million. The listing was jointly held by Weston Littlefield, Aaron Kirman and Dalton Gomez of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate. https://nypost.com/2023/03/21/hyatt-fortune-heir-buys-las-garcia-house-for-12-5m/

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