Real Estate Report: In the Hollywood Hills, a John Lautner House from the Late ’40s


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.

The Basics: a 2-bed, 2-bath in the Hollywood Hills,with an additional guest suite, on the market about two weeks , asking $1.495M.

Not So Basic: it’s John Lautner’s Polin House, built 1947-48, and handsomely restored.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s prints are all over Lautner’s early designs— the house angled and cantilevered out into the view— and it still looks radical today. Imagine how this austere shed of a dining room must have looked to a visitor sixty years ago:

Lautner said it better than we could:

“The purpose of Architecture is to improve human life. Create timeless, free, joyous spaces for all activities in life. The infinite variety of these spaces can be as varied as life itself… they must be as sensible as nature in deriving from a main idea and flowering into a beautiful entity.” 

And this is something we could be joyous about, 24/7:

In one corner of the living area, a place for the television:

Watch HBO’s Entourage with a table by Warren Platner, an Isamu Noghuchi Akari pendant light fixture, and a view:

The kitchen’s been redone with serious appliances:

Below, a wide-angle view of the living room. The polished concrete floors have radiant heat, and the opening on the left  of the fireplace (with the angled steel support) leads to the dining room.

More images of John Lautner’s Polin House at the listing’s link below. We’re not expecting any open houses here— it belongs to club impresario/lothario Brent Bolthouse, as reported by Curbed LA and other outlets. Plus one of the property’s co- agents is none other than Chad Rogers from the Bravo’s epic real estate reality show, Million Dollar Listing.

John Lautner: see more of John Lautner’s work at Triangle Modernist Homes, our go-to site for both biographies of architects and images of Modernist residential architecture. With over 11K images of homes all over the country, archive offers hours of modernist browsing.

Plus: Last year, CH+D’s Brian Anthony posted about John Lautner’s 1949 Shaeffer House cameo in Tom Ford’s A Single Man.

More: Check out Marissa Gluck’s post today about the Los Angles AIA Architecture Month.

Listing: 3542 Multiview Drive, Los Angeles [Redfin]