The Best of 2018

We saw a stunning collection of living spaces from a Beaux Arts estate to one of the few remaining Case Study Homes. Here’s a roundup of 2018’s top 10 homes and architecture for sale in Los Angeles.

  1. Chateau Chaumont by Kenneth Macdonald Jr

The building is the best French Chateau-style condo complex to line the streets of Koreatown. Filled with tons of natural light, the residence offers architectural details that include historic windows, millwork, moldings, hardwood floors, and a wood-burning fireplace. Listed in January for $665,000, the home sold five months later for nearly $650,000.

2.   Austrian Spencer House by Raphael Soriano

Originally built as a duplex, it is said to be one of only 12 homes built by the legendary case study architect still standing. Restored, updated, and currently used as a single-family residence, the home—sited on a sloping lot in Silver Lake—hit the market in February, asking $1.595 million. It went into escrow four days later, selling for slightly over $1.744 million.

3. Henry O. Bollman Residence by Lloyd Wright

Located in Sunset Square Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, the home earned the designation Cultural Historical Monument #235. The residence was Lloyd Wright’s second commission. He utilized the “knit-block” construction system seen in the Samuel-Novarro House and Sowden House to create its temple-like beauty. The home hit the market in March with an asking price of $2.995 million. It spent 74 days on the market without selling.

4. Harwell Hamilton Harris’ Hawk House

Built in 1939 for Edward (Stan) Hawk in Silver Lake, Harris used a reverse interior floor plan by designing a series of cubes that unfold from the inside out. Hitting the market in June with a list price of $1.295 million, the home closed escrow one month later, selling for $1.5 million.

5. The Miltimore House by Irving Gill

Located in Pasadena, the landmark was designed in 1911 for Mrs. Paul Miltimore and is said to be Irving Gill’s most significant surviving residence in Southern California. The interior retains its original features and is surrounded by .63-acres of land—bringing nature’s beauty to your door. Listed for $4 million, it sold just over 30 days later for its asking price.

6. Buff, Straub & Hensman’s Thomson House

Widely published and crowned winner of Pasadena‘s 2012 Preservation Award, the residence is an important example of the Case Study architects’ early post and beam work. Hitting the market in May with an asking price of $1.695 million, the home closed escrow just over a month later for $2.013 million.

7.  1923 Beaux Arts Estate

The residence is rumored to have once been the home to Rudolph Valentino. Modeled after the Petit Trianon, a small chateau on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles in France, this 1923 Beaux Arts estate in the Hollywood Dell offered the most eye-catching and ornate ceiling, along with other historical details. Hitting the market in June with a list price of $3.150 million, the home closed escrow 75 days, selling for $2.998 million.

8. The Bailey House by Pierre Koenig

The Bailey House, aka Case Study House No. 21, is one of the few remaining homes of Arts & Architecture magazine’s Case Study House program. Designed by Pierre Koenig, the home is located in Laurel Canyon. A visually and functionally successful, the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and crowned a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #669. Returning to the market in October with an asking price of $3.6 million, the home is currently in escrow.

9. Casa Kuderna by Craig Ellwood

Located in the Hollywood Hills, the dwelling is a fine example of the architect’s signature style that effortlessly marries “Mies van de Rohe formalism with the informal aesthetics of California modernism.” Formerly in a state of neglect, Philippe Naouri of Maison d’Artiste purchased the home as a restoration project. Naouri and his team restored and sensitively updated the property and returned it to the market in November with a list price of $2.950 million. The home is currently still for sale.

10. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House

Spectacular sums up the residence billionaire Ron Burkle spent $17 million to restore. A Los Angeles landmark in Los Feliz, the home features concrete columns, enormous leaded glass windows, marble and hardwood floors, coffered ceilings, custom light fixtures, mosaic tile walls, and multiple balconies, patios, and wraparound walkways. The residence hit the market in July with an asking price of $23 million. The home is currently still for sale.

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