Open House Obsession: Rescue a Harry Gesner in Brentwood
Los Angeles architect Harry Gesner's best known for his expressionist houses in Malibu, which include a group of wave-themed houses along the edge of the beach, and boat-like houses in the Hollywood Hills, but here in Brentwood he added a sober series of living spaces under a 1958 house already perched at the top of a steep downslope. And while there are no swooping ceilings or corkscrew staircases, you can look past the regrettable decor and see a master's hand in the redwood paneled rooms and fireplaces.
There's no room for a pool, but we're loving the hot tub with a view and conveniently low hanging citrus:
The master bath is a composition in stone, redwood and mirror. At first we thought those vertical elements were speakers, but on second look, they're actually heat lamps.
Below, the roof of Gesner's addition becomes a deck for the original house with spectacular open views to the ocean. Big enough for a baskeball half-court, it needs serious rethinking:
The long deck outside the Gesner addition (see at top) which carefully echoes the railing inside. Sadly, it's been painted beige. Fortunately, the rest of the house has not.
More images of this curious house at the listing link above, and more about Harry Gesner, who's still going strong at 86. Worth a visit.
Open on Sunday, December 2 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm