The Austrian Spencer House is one of only 12 homes still standing built by legendary case study architect Raphael Soriano.
Originally built in 1937 as a duplex in the Silver Lake hills, the residence hit the market in 2004. At the time, it had seen better days. The concrete slab was cracked and buckling, the interior deteriorated, and the yard was overgrown. Soriano’s signature band of steel-framed windows was about the only thing left intact.
Seeing potential amongst the neglect, restoration expert Chris Salay, and his wife purchased the property in 2006 as their residence.
The Salays redefined the space. Two bedrooms on the main level offer sweeping views of downtown. The primary bedroom has its private deck. The updated bathrooms boast a chic, modern style with finishes including a teak sink, a reclaimed wood wall, and Boffi fixtures. The lower level features an open floor plan, with the kitchen, dining room, and living room all opening to exterior entertaining spaces.
The backyard is lushly landscaped with a grassy lawn, terraced gardens, and a spa, creating a private oasis in the heart of the city. Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac in prime Silver Lake, the location is highly desirable: close to favorite spots like the Silver Lake Reservoir, Botanica, and L&E. Listed by Juliette Hohnen, 3056 Landa St is asking $1,595,000.