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Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
The Skinny: Set on a steep hillside in the hills of Los Feliz, the Lloyd Wright-designed 1928 classic Samuel-Novarro House has attracted celebrities for more than 85 years, and is now attempting its highest price yet: $4.495M. The house was originally commissioned by silent film star Ramon Novarro's assistant, Louis Samuel, but after Samuel was caught embezzling from his employer, he agreed to transfer title on this glorious Lloyd Wright to Novarro to avoid prosecution. In the 1940s, composer Leonard Bernstein rented the property and worked on "On the Town" while living here. In the 1990s, Diane Keaton made this the first of her many restoration projects, though she later admitted to having "no knowledge whatsoever" about how to renovate at the time. In 2005, ownership of the Samuel-Navarro passed to actress Christina Ricci, but she moved out and sold for a modest profit after just one year. Thanks to polished concrete floors and stark white walls, this four-bedroom, three-bath spread is far more streamlined than Lloyd Wright's most notorious creation, the Sowden House, where the infamous "Black Dahlia" murder may very well have been committed.
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