Richard Neutra-Designed Home in Los Angeles Lists for Nearly $8 Million

A Mid-Century Modern classic designed by famed architect Richard Neutra has hit the market in Los Angeles for nearly $8 million. 

The boxcar-style, one-story home features walls of glass that frame views of the canyons from the Hollywood Hills, according to the listing with Carl Gambino of Compass. 

“The Loring house is an unrivaled architectural masterpiece,” he said in an email. “A private compound in the heart of the city. It has an overwhelming feeling of calm and serenity which makes you never want to leave.”

Neutra “helped define modernism in Southern California and around the world,” according to the Los Angeles Conservancy. He worked in the area from the 1920s until his retirement in 1968. He died two years later.  

Completed in 1958, the home, which was brought to the market on Tuesday, was designed for dancer and choreographer Eugene Loring, best known for creating the dance scenes in “Billy the Kid” (1938). 

In the main home, the open living area is centered by a fireplace and boasts sliding doors that lead to the patio and pool area, the listing said. 

The pool and patio.

Anthony Barcelo

A glass-enclosed primary bedroom suite was added by Los Angeles-based design team Escher GuneWardena. 

It occupies “the location that Neutra had proposed for a future bedroom in the archival plans of the original house,” according to their website. “The intention was to design an addition that would be respectful of the existing house, yet have an architectural identity of its own.”

The property’s guest house also had a guest designer, Steven Ehrlich, a Culver City, California-based architect who was also behind the UC Irvine Contemporary Arts Center. He created a two-story studio in 1981 with paned glass windows and additional clerestory windows that make for light-filled interiors. There’s also a porch, a kitchenette and sleeping loft, listing photos show. 

Cassandra Grey, the founder and artistic director of the cosmetic and skin care company Violet Grey, purchased the home in March 2018 for $5.63 million, according to records with PropertyShark. Representatives for Ms. Grey did not immediately return a request for comment. 

Several Neutra-designed homes have hit the market in recent months, including a futuristic seven-sided glass home in Los Angeles’s Tujunga neighborhood owned by Red Hot Chili Peppers’s bassist, Flea. 

One of the architect’s most notable residences, the Lovell Health House, sold in September for $8.75 million to prominent gallerists Iwan and Manuela Wirth, who planned to restore it as a family home.