The recently glut of for-sale L.A.-County homes by midcentury master (and one-time Simpsons reference) Richard Neutra has yielded up some weird offerings, among them an updated glassy affair with an "added day spa," a neglected four-bedroom that's both "a developer or architecture aficionado's dream," and a one that comes with a bonus seven-sided house. The Kilbury Residence, built in Palos Verdes Estates in 1958, is notable because the couple that commissioned it initially wanted one-time Neutra employer Frank Lloyd Wright to design the home, but found him too expensive, and because it's never changed hands before. But its a weird one for a little apocryphal-sounding tidbit that the L.A. Times reports. Apparently, Neutra was so enamored with his design that he would "show up to the property unannounced, sometimes with clients and sometimes without, often to nap or spend the night."
Could the Kilburys have added in a "free unannounced sleepover rights for life" clause to Neutra's contract to get his price down? Who knows? Maybe they became pals after the design process, where he is said to have "had each member of the family take a pen to paper to describe what elements constituted the perfect home, but asked that they not share their thoughts with one another." In any case, the 2,300-square-foot three-bedroom has brick fireplaces, walls of glass, original cabinetry, an ocean-facing deck, and a pool, all of which look to be in fine shape, offered at $2.149M. Curbed LA has a full set of photos, including a few archival shots from famed architectural photographer Julius Shulman.
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