The iconic property was built in 1924 by Wright’s son, Lloyd and was constructed of 27,000 concrete blocks. The blocks are marked with patterns inspired by ancient Mayan designs and were made by hand-using decomposed granite extracted from the site.
If the residence looks familiar, it’s because the Hollywood icon has been featured in numerous movies and TV shows, from “Blade Runner” to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
The home, perched on a Los Feliz hilltop, was originally built for retailers Charles and Mabel Ennis. The couple sold it in 1936, and the property changed hands several times over the decades.
The legendary home was in dire straits in the early 2000s, having been left in disrepair after the Northridge earthquake, rains, and years of neglect. The home’s sorry state led the National Trust for Historic Preservation to add it to its 2005 list of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Places,” according to the Los Angeles Conservancy.
But befitting a Hollywood home, this story has a happy ending. It was picked up by billionaire investor Ron Burkle in 2011 for $4.5 million. According to the listing details, the supermarket mogul undertook a “thoughtful renovation,” which took years (and $17 million) to complete.
The 6,000-square-foot layout on almost an acre includes three bedrooms, 3.5 baths, plus guest quarters above the garage. The same elaborate and large concrete blocks continue throughout the interior of the home.
The soaring interior spaces include a formal living room with a balcony and tiled fireplace, a massive dining room with city views through a corner picture window, along with another fireplace, a vintage kitchen, a billiards and screening room, a library, and a large terrace outdoors with a pool.
Awarded a Los Angeles conservancy award, the remarkable home is being offered fully furnished. Move in and enjoy dreams of electric sheep.
Ron de Salvo of Coldwell Banker holds the listing.
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