Photos: John Lautner's Modernist Lair From 'Diamonds Are Forever' Is Up For Sale
Fans of 007 movies—and of stunning modernist architecture in general—now have their chance to make a bid on the famed Elrod House designed by John Lautner.
Built in 1969 for interior designer Arthur Elrod, the Palm Springs abode is considered one of Lautner's most famous homes and the perfect residence for a wealthy recluse. The 8,901-square-foot concrete structure features four bedrooms, an otherworldly domed roof and a huge circular living room with retractable walls that opens onto a patio with a pool and beautiful views of the Coachella Valley, according to Architectural Digest.
The Elrod House was featured prominently in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever, which was also the last Bond film with Sean Connery in the lead role. Connery was the best Bond, by the way—this is not a debate.
The single-story home was built directly into the desert hillside and incorporates the rock formations directly into the design of the house. You'll find a wood-paneled master bedroom, which features a fireplace, and a bathroom with a tub built right into the floor and a stone platform for your flatscreen. There's also an outdoor spiral staircase that leads to a guest house, which features two bedrooms, two baths and a gym. And should you plan on doing any cooking while entertaining in this killer abode, the kitchen has been recently updated.
Elrod reportedly gave Lautner—who was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright—free reign with the design of the home, ‘Give me what you think I should have on this lot.’
Should you make an offer on the home, which is currently listed for $10.49 million—just be wary of any unexpected encounters from two women named Bambi and Thumper:
h/t: Curbed LA