Lloyd Wright’s legendary Samuel-Novarro house in the Los Feliz Oaks returns

Lloyd Wright’s legendary Samuel-Novarro house in the Los Feliz Oaks returns

December 2nd, 2018|Properties|

Authors of Landmarks of Los Angeles describe the Samuel-Novarro Residence designed by Lloyd Wright as “may be the most beautifully sited home in Los Angeles.” And they’re right.

Ramon-Novarro House by Lloyd Wright

Built in 1928 for Samuel Louis — business manager and trusted confidant to silent screen heartthrob Ramon Novarro — the majestic Mayan-inspired Art Deco dwelling is integrated into a 13,267-square-foot hillside lot located at 2255 Verde Oak Dr in the Los Feliz Oaks.

Inside the Samuel-Novarro Residence by Lloyd Wright
Inside the Samuel-Novarro Residence by architect Lloyd Wright
Inside the Samuel-Novarro Residence by Lloyd Wright in Los Feliz
Ramon-Novarro House by architect Lloyd Wright

Curbside, the majestic dwelling shows off its impressive smooth concrete surfaces, oxidized copper accents, and horizontal bands of windows.

When Novarro took ownership of the house he rehired Wright – who completed the stunning Sowden House in 1926 – to expand the home by adding a pergola, a music room, and a bedroom suite and also hired “legendary art director Cedric Gibbons to design interiors.”

Ramon-Novarro Residence by Lloyd Wright
Ramon-Novarro House by Lloyd Wright in 90068

Holding three bedrooms, three baths the 2,690 square feet of interior space features polished concrete floors, fireplace, casement style windows, and “doors that lead out to a swimming pool set in to a high-walled courtyard that ensures complete privacy and, hence, encourages both late night and broad daylight skinny dipping.”

Lloyd Wright's Samuel-Novarro Residence
Ramon-Novarro House by Lloyd Wright in the Los Feliz Oaks
Exterior of the Ramon-Novarro House by Lloyd Wright

Declared Historic Cultural Monument #130, the home has seen its fair share of celebrity inhabitants including composer Leonard Bernstein, theater director Jerome Robbins, musical-comedy duo Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and actresses Diane Keaton and Christina Ricci.

Last sold in 2014 to screenwriter and producer Dale Launer for $3.8 million, the asking price is now $4.295 million.

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Listing courtesy of Juliette Hohnen – Douglas Elliman