Iconic Architectural Compound In La Crescenta, $9.8MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
It all started in 1953, when Richard Neutra designed an exquisite house for his secretary Dorothy Serulnic, overlooking the Valley. The story continued nearly a half-century later with a new owner and a seven-sided structure by architect Michael Maltzan—a minimalist vortex of raw concrete—white stucco and glass arranged around a courtyard. At some point, a rustic but sophisticated cabin was added to the property by the artist Peter Staley plus, one of L.A.’s most beautiful swimming pools, on 5.7 acres of rough terrain planted with a collection of mature succulents. It all adds up to an incomparable opportunity to live with legacy works of architecture that exemplify the spirit of Modernism in Los Angeles.
Michael Maltzan’s expansive architecture and design practice ranges from civic projects to art installations. Here the structure is monumental and challenging, but the aesthetic—white walls, walls of glass set in the thinnest possible metal frames, and open to the outdoors—echoes Neutra’s pre-WWII minimalism.
Guest cottage or romantic getaway, the cabin reflects the multidisciplinary artistic preoccupations of Peter Staley.
More: Go to the listing for additional details and images. An outstanding opportunity represented by Los Angeles luxury specialists Sherri Rogers, Elisa Ritt, and Anthony Stellini of Compass.
Photos by Cameron Carothers for Compass