Listing of the Week: Vidal Sassoon's Midcentury Modern classic

The late hairstylist restored and modernized a 1959 Richard Neutra work in Los Angeles. Asking price is $17.995 million.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Nov 8, 2012 12:52PM

Courtesy of Realtor.comAnother of Los Angeles’ Midcentury Modern masterpieces has come to the market, again.


The sprawling one-story estate known as the Singleton House, designed by Richard Neutra in 1959, is for sale after the death of its most recent owner, hairstylist Vidal Sassoon. Asking price is $17.995 million.


Sassoon and his wife, Ronnie, bought the home in 2004 for about $6 million and did a major restoration that included installing air conditioning, opening up small, dark rooms, repairing decades of dry rot and adding a master suite.


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The Sassoons were both architecture buffs and worked to preserve the spirit of Neutra’s work while making the home comfortable for modern living.

"Unless the house is a museum, or you only spend a few weeks a year there, you just can’t live this way today," Ronnie Sassoon told Architectural Digest last year. "And given how valuable the land is, the house would have been torn down."

The home is behind gates on five acres, in the hills above Los Angeles on famed Mulholland Drive. The one-story house has four bedrooms and five baths in 6,400 square feet, plus a pool, spa and landscaped gardens. The listing calls it “one of the most significant Modern homes in America.” 

The walls of windows provide expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, downtown Los Angeles, the desert and the San Gabriel Mountains. The home was built for Henry Singleton, the co-founder of Teledyne. According to Architectural Digest, his wife didn’t like the expanses of glass, and the family moved in 1970 to a home designed by Wallace Neff. The family kept the home as a rental and put it up for sale in 2002 after Singleton’s death.


The Sassoons first put the house on the market in 2007, asking $19.995 million. They took the house off the market in early 2009. Sassoon, who had leukemia, died at home May 9. He was 84.

Nov 24, 2012 9:34PM
The shampoo and conditioner worked wonders for the hair. The smell was even great. Even the price seemed reasonable. Granted never met the guy. To many sad things in this world to comprehend.
Nov 24, 2012 12:44PM
nice guy! he died before he could spend half the money he made.
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