Real Estate Report: Lots of Redwood in La Jolla



In La Jolla, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright built a group of houses on a ridge. One of them is for sale.

The Basics: four bedrooms, four baths plus a half-bath on almost a half-acre near the La Jolla Country Club, asking $2.8M. Not so Basic: It was designed by architect Frederick Liebhardt in the early 1990’s as part of a group of five houses along a ridge with ocean views. Inside and out, the house is almost entirely redwood, slate and glass: the redwood in continuous horizontal battens on the walls and in panels on the ceiling; the slate is on the floor in large slabs (with radiant heat) and massive fireplace walls are slate in a masonry technique called random ashlar.

Sadly, the house looks tired and worn- the outside could use a lick of transparent stain, and the interior (for once) really could have benefitted from some staging.  Some might find so much dark wood and stone daunting to live in, although the views and decks look great. While it looks mid-century, the beautifully detailed house was built in 1993, and just the place for a collection of furniture by George Nakashima and Ed Wormley. 

Frederick Liebhardt was a Wright apprentice at Taliesen and went on to design homes in the San Diego/La Jolla area after WWII; his practice expanded to large commercial projects later. At the end of his career, Liebhardt built this house for his son Fritz as part of a group of similar spec houses, very much of their time but recalling Wright’s Usonian houses from forty years earlier. More about Frederick Liebhardt and Liebhardt & Weston at San Diego Modern

The Listing: 7226 Romero Drive, La Jolla [Redfin]