This boat-like triangular home was built in 1975 by Harry Gesner, an influential California architect who is basically the design version of the Most Interesting Man in the World. Curbed L.A.'s distillation of the man's intimidating C.V. includes "survivor of Normandy, raider of Ecuadorian tombs, master of water spots, and elbow-rubber of Hollywood legends like Marlon Brando"; he also once turned down a chance to study with Frank Lloyd Wright and built a row of homes with the help of Norwegian shipbuilders wielding super-sharp hand axes, and his Wave House is said to have inspired Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House. Currently listed for $8.9M, this five-bedroom is similar to others he built around California, but it's had the benefit of a top-to-bottom renovation by Dean Larkin Design. Its 4,543 square feet of "modernity and sophistication" includes sleek exposed-beam innards, an infinity pool outside, and panoramic views of L.A. that actually do look as "stunning" and "dramatic" as the brokerbabble claims. It last sold back in 2010, pre-renovation, for a mere $2M. Can a more than quadrupled asking price hold up?
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