Bubbleinfo.com readers took kindly to Kwaping’s idea that we include significant homes for sale, so here’s another:
From the L.A. Times:
The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis House in Los Feliz has landed on the Multiple Listing Service at $15 million.
The 1924 concrete-block structure has four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in about 6,000 square feet. The Mayan-inspired California landmark — it is a state landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places — sits on about three-quarters of an acre with city, canyon and ocean views.
The seller is the Ennis House Foundation, a nonprofit that has spent about $6.5 million to restore the earthquake- and water-damaged estate. The house “needs more stewardship at this point than a small nonprofit can sustain,” the foundation states on its website.
It is estimated it will take an additional $5 million to $7 million complete the restoration.
The largest and loudest of Wright’s four concrete-block houses in L.A., the Ennis House suggests what the greatest of Modernists would have done with a commission from the Maya Empire 700 years earlier. A heavy, elongated mass constructed of 16-by-16-inch concrete blocks (most textured with an ornate pattern) and sited majestically on a hilltop overlooking Griffith Park, the building appears to be more than a house — an elegant fortification, perhaps, or a temple.
It’s a house very much designed for the site, with consciously framed views of Los Angeles built into its plan. A nod to Wright’s genius is that “It doesn’t feel oversized,” said Dishman, whose organization is helping to restore it. In spite of its grandeur — or because of it — you might wonder what it would be like to live in the Ennis House, especially if you’ve ever been there at night.
It was used to film a number of pictures, including Blade Runner, Grand Canyon and The House on Haunted Hill and tv shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twin Peaks and South Park.
According to his widow, this was the only house that the late rock star Jim Morrison ever expressed an interest in owning.
CurbedLA mentioned the stoty here, and included more photos:
Here’s an aerial view: