The Art & Design of the HollyHock House

This week, we tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House – the first house he designed in Los Angeles. Built in the early 1920’s for bohemian oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, this stunning house reopened to the public in 2015 after a five-year restoration.

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TV Writer-Producer Neal Baer Buys Photog’s House in Hollywood Hills

By Mark David

Always impeccably informed real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak sent word that pediatrician-turned-multiple-Emmy-nominated writer-producer Neal Baer has shelled out $4.35 million for a in the Hollywood Hills sold by celebrated celebrity photographer Cliff Watts, who has snapped memorable images of a slew of A-listers including Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, James Franco and Javier Bardem.

Concealed behind massive gates with three bedrooms and two bathrooms in not quite 2,800 square feet, the International Style residence was designed in the mid-1950s by card-carrying Communist architect Josef Van der Kar for arch-conservative nuclear arms strategists Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter. So the story goes, the Wohlstetters, who served as advisers to both Republican and Democratic administrations, including that of John F. Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis, once had a secured phone line directly from the house to the Oval Office.

The combination living-dining room has cork floors, a fireplace and broad expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that lead to a cantilevered wraparound deck. Discreet sliding panels cleverly open or close off the compact, carefully restored kitchen. There are two bedrooms and a hall bath on the upper floor, and a corkscrew staircase curls down to the lower level where a freestanding fireplace is all that divides a window-lined den from the master bedroom. The lush grounds include graveled pathways, towering stands of bamboo and a screened sleeping porch alongside a picturesque koi pond. A detached guest cottage offers a fireplace, bathroom and walk-in closet. A swimming pool is set into a sunny clearing with sculptural concrete benches and a colorful, Mondrian-inspired enclosure for pool equipment.

The longtime showrunner for “Law & Order: SVU,” whose upcoming medical drama “The Beast” was picked up by Fox earlier this year, owns at least two other homes in Los Angeles. In addition to a hillside house above Bronson Canyon he’s owned since 1998, he maintains an A. Quincy Jones designed mid-century modern residence in Brentwood that has a head-on view of the Getty Center.

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Glamorous Mediterranean-style house replete with original ’20s details seeks $4.3M

By Bianca Barragan

Located up in the Los Feliz hills, this nearly 5,500-square-foot residence dates to 1924. Designed by architect Charles Kyson, it features beautiful beamed ceilings, wrought iron details, a library with a built-in humidor, and imported Della Robbia tiles.

The house’s former organ room has been converted into a wine cellar, but its dining room—disassembled in England and reassembled in Los Feliz, including the stained glass—has remained intact. (The organ in the old organ room was built to accompany the movies being screened in the living room, the listing says.)

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Take a Peek at the New Los Angeles State Historic Park

This week, we take a tour of the 32-acre historic park directly adjacent to Chinatown, between the LA River and the Elysian Hills. A $20 million renovation paved the way for new paths, wetlands, and a pedestrian walkway.

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Picturesque Santa Monica Shingle style home asks $2.95M

By Elijah Chiland

Per the listing, his three-bedroom home in Santa Monica was designed by Edith Northman, who was among the first licensed female architects to set up shop in California.

Built in 1937, the exquisite Shingle style residence is perched above the street and provides terrific views across the city. The rambling 2,667-square foot home includes a dramatic great room with vaulted, beamed ceilings and wood-paneled walls. The dining room has a similar look, with a long panel of windows and a door leading to an outdoor deck.

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