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Richard Neutra Designed Iconic Homes, Including One for His Secretary!

A rare property in Tujunga, CA offers three homes, each designed by a famed architect or artist, for sale. The homes were designed by Richard Neutra, Michael Maltzan, and Peter Staley. The property also includes a 50-foot-long lap pool and manicured gardens.

Hilltop house in a geometric aesthetic with a striking seven-sided design and city skyline views.

Famed architect Richard Neutra designed many of the Southern California homes that provided the basis of contemporary design in post-World War II architecture. His designs rarely go up for sale, but currently, you can purchase the home he designed for his secretary in 1953 for $9,799,000.

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The modest-sized home became one of the models followed in post-war buildings. His take on the Mid-Century Modern home became the one that nearly every architect followed thereafter. For his secretary, he designed a 1,350 square feet home with built-in amenities that one might expect in a mansion like a stereo and hidden speakers in the built-in sofa. The living room’s floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the mountains and city skyline below.

The two-bedroom, one-bath home offers a sliding breakfast nook and comes with a dining room table that the architect also built. The living room features the home’s single fireplace – a Bear Valley design.

The property may seem pricey even for California, considering the square footage of the home, but it merely represents the first of three homes built on the property. About 50 years after Neutra designed the original home, the property received its second home, designed by architect Michael Maltzan. This much larger, seven-sided structure boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and skylight panes.

The 5,186 square feet structure includes three bedrooms and five bathrooms, each with its own features. A den and home office round out the main living and family rooms of the home. An interior courtyard ensures a connection to nature even when the weather precludes going outdoors. A spiral staircase leads to the second floor and the home offers plenty of built-in storage.

The 5.7-acre property contains a third home, a quaint artist’s cabin designed and built by artist Peter Staley. The hiker’s dream cabin features an outdoor shower so you can easily rinse off after a hike or a dip in the property’s pool without needing to dirty your home’s floor. The cabin’s unique, angular design complements the natural surroundings.

Speaking of the pool, the 50-feet in length lap pool sits surrounded by manicured gardens. An adjacent covered patio offers seats for dining and for conversation. Its sofas under the covered patio provide the ideal space for afternoon coffee, while the uncovered outdoor dining table and chairs offer a place for group meals.

The property’s gardens aren’t the only greenery. The multi-acreage property banks onto the Angeles National Forest.

Located in Tujunga, CA, the property offers a convenient location with access to Hollywood Burbank Airport in just 20 minutes by car. You can also quickly drive to the Angeles National Golf Club, Los Feliz, Pasadena, and Silver Lake.

Contact Uhler Mortgage Solutions or Compass to learn more about this unusual property. Located at 3947 Markridge Road, Tujunga, CA, its Compass listing agents include Elisa Ritt, Sherri Rogers, and Anthony Stellini. The Uhler contact is Asher Ehsani.

Photo credit: Cameron Carothers