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Homes By Famous Architects Also Victims of Market Slump
It's not just average homes that aren't selling here in Southern California, but also high-profile homes by some of the world's most prominent architects, according to an AP report published by cbs.com.Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and Rudolph Schindler are all names that appear in pretty much any basic guide to 20th Century American architecture, and they all designed homes, offices, apartments, and other buildings that still stand--and are known by sight--here in Los Angeles. But no one is buying them.
A 1937 Neutra condo unit, a 1949 Lautner home in the Verdugo Hills, Schindler's Silver Lake How House, and two well-known homes by Lloyd Wright (the Ennis House and the Millard House) are all waiting for buyers, and have seen their asking prices dropped, often dramatically, since they were first listed.
Some prices are being slashed by breathtaking margins: The Ennis House, for example, is now on the market for $7.5 million, half of its initial asking price of $15. You've seen the house in dozens of movies, including Blade Runner. The 1924 concrete block home is magnificent, but needs repair. The foundation that currently runs it was hoping they could keep it a public space and raise money for repairs, but in 2008 opted to sell it to a potential private owner.
Similar tales of real estate market woes afflict other architecturally significant landmark homes in Los Angeles, but we aren't the only city with this problem: " High-priced homes by brand-name architects don't seem to be selling any better in other parts of the country."
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.