Listing of the Week: Unusual Modernist triplex
What started as a two-bedroom, one-bathroom, Spanish-style home got a radical new look from additions designed by two prominent architects at different times.
If someone offered you a triplex that had been built in stages over decades, you’d be skeptical. At the least, you’d expect something that looked thrown together.
But this triplex in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, with individual unit additions designed by Richard Neutra and Paul Hoag, looks anything but slapdash. The property, which has a two-bedroom, 1-bathroom unit; a one-bedroom, one-bath unit; and a studio, is for sale for $1.2 million.
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It’s the first time it has been on the market since the Rajagopal family bought it in 1933, before the additions, according to the listing agents.
The original two-bedroom, one-bath home was built in 1924. In 1934, Rosalind Rajagopal hired Richard Neutra to design an addition. He created a second story, with a one-bedroom, one-bath unit. His design was anything but boxy, and departed from the original Spanish style.
'It’s very efficient and modern, and ahead of its time for the early ’30s," listing agent Patricia Ruben told Zillow.
The living space is 2,207 square feet, split into two buildings, and the unusual arch that Neutra created on the façade of the main building gives it a distinctive look. The studio apartment is above the detached garage. There are two private gardens.
"It feels much bigger than it is, and no one was really doing that. That’s what modern is about, and the whole living room is a wall of windows," Robert Kallick, the other listing agent, told Zillow. He has photos of the three units on his blog.
The agents told Zillow they’ve had a lot of interest from celebrities since the home was listed for sale in September.
The property has long been used as a rental. Kallick writes that the two-bedroom unit is currently rented for $1,850 and the one-bedroom is rented for $1,450. The studio is vacant.
Rosalind Rajagopal founded the Happy Valley School in Ojai with, among other pacifists, Aldous Huxley and J. Krishnamurti in 1946.
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About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.