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Los Feliz's Sowden House, designed by (son-of-Frank) Lloyd Wright, is now for sale. It's one of two Lloyd Wright properties up for grabs, Curbed LA says. We've always been fascinated by the Mayan-ish mansion that looms, grandly, at 5121 Franklin Avenue.

The house was built in 1926 by architect Lloyd Wright. For a while, it was kind of party central ... and the parties were rumored to be wild, with lots of hot guys, liquor and crazy sex. Author Steve Hodel hypothesizes, in his book Black Dahlia Avenger, that wanna-be actress Elizabeth Short — the Black Dahlia — was murdered there before her body was dumped in an empty lot in South LA.

But those are just rumors, after all. More recently the Sowden House has taken a star turn, appearing briefly in LA Confidential and prominently in The Aviator. And until it sells, it's still available as a filming location, with two dozen photos online of it inside and out.