Completed in 1961, the Wolff Residence ranks as one of John Lautner’s greatest architectural hits.
From 1933 to 1939, Lautner served as one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original Taliesin Fellows, embracing the philosophy of organic architecture, “which promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world. This is achieved through design approaches that aim to be sympathetic and well-integrated with a site, so buildings, furnishings, and surroundings become part of a unified, interrelated composition.”
Dressed in stone, glass, and copper, the 1,664-square-foot home takes in the sweeping city and ocean views captured via soaring floor-to-ceiling walls of glass.
With a large stone fireplace, the living room is wrapped by two 16-foot-high glass walls, opening to the terrace built around a monumental eucalyptus tree, traversing all floors and protected by the home’s stone facade.
There are many hand-to-heart moments throughout this architectural gem once owned by actor Vincent Gallo and modern house collector Michael LaFetra — including terraces with built-in, copper-wrapped seating positioned to capture expansive views of greater Los Angeles. But the most breathtaking of them is the sparkling pool that allows you to float away from the residence and peer down on the city below.
Listed as a historical cultural monument and eligible for tax benefits granted by the Mills Act, the Wolff Residence comes with an adjoining guest house, commissioned in 1970, with three bedrooms and two full baths.
Last sold in 2008 for $5.550 million, the residence is on the market again, asking $6.5 million.
Listing courtesy of George Salazar & Tilsia Acosta – Berkshire Hathaway