Famous Homes on the Market

Famous Homes on the Market
by Kelly Cooper

Ever since the Georgian mansion from Home Alone went on the market in May, we’ve wondered about the other iconic houses for sale. We’ve gathered a short list of notable nests with a modern feel, from a classic Frank Lloyd Wright in Houston to Dennis Hopper’s Venice Beach house. Whether you’re on a house hunt or just want to window shop, take a peek at these masterpieces.

Ever since the Georgian mansion from Home Alone went on the market in May, we’ve wondered about the other iconic houses for sale. We’ve gathered a short list of notable nests with a modern feel, from a classic Frank Lloyd Wright in Houston to Dennis Hopper’s Venice Beach house. Whether you’re on a house hunt or just want to window shop, take a peek at these masterpieces.

Featuring distinct architectural style and character, this home designed by Michael Graves, boasts an open floor plan, excellent for both entertaining and everyday living. Listed at a modest $279,900, this tucked-away Indiana edifice has high ceilings and windows—perfect for viewing the expanse of surrounding forestry.

The open areas of this three-story building create loft-like spaces, however it falls in the family-friendly category, hosting 4 bedrooms. The main floor features one of these great living areas complete with an original mural by Graves. We’re stunned by the price, too.

Famed Southern California residential architect Rex Lotery designed this glowing 3,779 square foot home in 1996, implementing tall cathedral ceilings, spacious living spaces and innovative window placement, accentuating the play of light as the sun moves over the hilly 1+ acre property.

The bedrooms feature dramatic picture windows with mountain views of the Montecito hills. Other features include two fireplaces, a remodeled kitchen, hardwood and stone flooring, and for the creative tenants—an art studio.

A registered Historic-Cultural Monument, the Silver Lake How House designed by Rudolph M. Schindler in 1925 has two separate geometric parts: the upper portion is constructed of redwood and the lower portion is constructed of slab-cast concrete scored to match the pattern of the redwood portion. Renovated in 2004 by Jeff Fink, the angular abode features a garden designed by architect Richard Neutra and many built-ins and unique pieces of furniture.

A student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolph Schindler was among the first wave of modern architects to make their names in America. Best known for his exploration of three-dimensional space, this early-20th century architect designed over 400 projects, most of which are in Southern California.

Influential Southern-California architects Gregory Ain and Pierre Koenig both made their mark on this funky mid-century home in Los Angeles. Priced at just below $2,000,000, this 16,850 square foot lot features a main house designed by Ain in 1952, and a recently-built Koenig-designed steel beamed guesthouse, which was incidentally one of his last projects.

We love the use of sliding glass walls and clerestory windows. The icing on the cake? A bright red door against soft grey exterior hues.

Texan homebuyers are in for a treat: Frank Lloyd Wright’s sole Houston home is on the market. This geometric godsend features a windowless front wall, tall panes of glass in back, and Usonian-style bricks. Wright’s 1954 original design was a parallelogram, aiming for no right angles (which was the case until a previous owner added Ionic columns).

Originally 1,800 square feet, the Bunker Hill Village Usonian design has been expanded to an 8,000 plus square foot home with 6 bedrooms and 7.5 baths. The expansion was built around an outdoor center courtyard, featuring a swimming pool and plenty of outdoor living space. It has a recently-reduced price tag of $2,000,000. Interested?

Seen in The Fugitive (1993), this Chicago-Lincoln Park home features four stories of pure luxury. Featuring 5 bedrooms (3 of which are master bedroom suites with fireplaces, saunas and elevators), an attached 3-car garage, a roof deck and indoor pool, it lacks almost nothing—well, except Harrison Ford. Can’t have everything! Interested anyway?

Kelly Cooper is a senior Graphic Communications major at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. As an intern at Dwell, she is taking notes about the ins and outs of the magazine industry. When not in the office (she’s on a draining 3-day work week), she can be found discovering her inner foodie around town or playing Ultimate Frisbee in Berkeley. Check out Kelly’s blog at http://digitalfrankenstein.org/

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