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Real Estate Buzz: A Rainbow, a Classic and Castle

The Garcia House Designed by architect John Lautner (Photo by Roger Davies for the Wall Street Journal)

A Rainbow

With colorful glass windows and a distinctive almond shape evoking a rainbow, The Garcia House on Mulholland Drive is on the market for $16 million. Designed by architect John Lautner, one of the most significant Midcentury Modern architects, the home is coming on the market for the first time in decades reported the Wall Street Journal* this week.

The home was built in 1962 for Russell Garcia, a film composer and conductor, and his wife Gina Garcia, Kristy Corwin, the Garcias’ granddaughter told the Wall Street Journal. According to Corwin, “it was her grandmother’s idea, she said, to have the house built in the shape of a rainbow and to include different colored panels of glass on the facade, details which have earned the property the local moniker of The Rainbow House.”

An exterior view of the Garcia House designed by John Lautner. (Photo by Roger Davies for the Wall Street Journal)

The current owners, John McIlwee and Bill Damaschke, purchased the house from the actor Vincent Gallo for $1.2 million in 2002, according to property records and undertook extensive renovations during their 20 year residence. The work was done under the guidance of the architecture firm of Marmol Radziner, who had restored Richard Neutra’s 1946 modern masterpiece the Kaufman House in Palm Springs.

After stewarding the home for the past two decades, the current owners are looking to pass this architectural treasure along to another worthy owner.

* (Access to some WSJ articles require a subscription)

365 South June Street in Hancock Park is for sale for 6,500,000. (photo from the MLS)

A Classic

If you’re a classicist with a penchant for restoration, here’s a project for you. This 1920s stately Hancock Park mansion at 365 South June Street is on the market for the first time in decades, fifty years to be exact according to local realtor John Duerler.

The timeless 1920s Mediterranean revival estate is sited on nearly a half-acre corner lot at 365 South June Street, the premier street in Hancock Park. The home has 8 bedroom and 6 bathrooms representative of early California architecture, blending Italian Renaissance design with touches of Palladian/Venetian and Spanish colonial revival, according to Duerler.

It’s open today from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The “Castle,” at 2630 Glendower Avenue sold recently for just over $10 million. (photo from the MLS)

A Castle

Our friends at the Eastsider LA reported this week,  A 99-year-old art nouveau mansion designed sold this week for  $10.29 million, according to Redfin. That’s more than $400,000 over the asking price. “The Castle” on Glendower Avenue sprawls across two acres of gardens and landscaping, and features an observation tower that echoes the design of nearby Griffith Park Observatory.

Back in the 1960s, the five-bedroom, 7-bathroom home played host to renters such as such as Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, and the Velvet Underground, Dirt reported. Subsequent owners have included Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and John Gilbert Getty from the Getty oil family. The mansion was designed by architect A.F. Leicht in 1924. His other world included evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson’s Angelus Temple and about two dozen homes in Los Feliz and Hollywood Hills, according to the Los Angeles Times

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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