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Posted by on Mar 29, 2011 in Interesting Houses | 4 comments | Print Print

Sowden House

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Nearly a decade after he purchased Lloyd Wright’s 1926 Sowden House and pumped more than $2 million into the historical property, designer Xorin Balbes has put the Mayan Revival on the market.

The home has a rectangular design. Its rooms open to a long courtyard that once was an open-air theater where original owners John and Ruth Sowden hosted performances for their film-industry friends.

The house has its own website, with more photos:

It has its own facebook page too:

More can be seen here:

Most recently owned and twice renovated by house-flipper extraordinaire Xorian Balbes, the house is in top condition. Down from seven bedrooms to four and up from four to five bathrooms, this home has over 2 million dollars worth of renovations. The textile block home boasts a central courtyard with both treetop and city views. The Sowden House has been featured in films such as “The Aviator” and the TV show “America’s Next Top Model.” This
house is on the short list of meticulously restored Los Angeles architectural landmarks and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Listed through Andrew Morrison and Brett Lawyer of Sotheby’s International Realty- Los Feliz, the Sowden House can be purchased for $4.2 million.


  1. Um, *Chuckle* is this your attempt to get me to move back to CA, Jim? It’s stunningly beautiful and a house I won’t soon forget. The courtyard is my favorite area! I think it was a perfect decision to decrease the bedrooms from seven to four.

    *Grin* When can you get me in to see it in person? I promise to bring some of my choco chippers or ricotta brownies to “sweeten” the deal and make sure you say yes…


  2. “Mayan Revival”? You gotta love it

    Do you think the neighbors will mind when we sacrifice a virgin or two?


  3. The whole house spontaneously self-destructs in 2012. 🙂


  4. I WANT that master bedroom! I want it! I also love the courtyard. The rest of the house does not grab me….but that master Wow.



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