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Location: Tarzana, California
A mystical builder one part Jeffrey Lebowski and one part Buckminster Fuller, Harry Gesner may be California's greatest counter-culture architect. Still kicking at 90 years old, Gesner continues to chase curls on a longboard and finds meditative peace among the waves, and elevates nature through his architectural creations, refusing to allow bulldozers or earth movers on site. His Wave House (1957), a ripple clad in copper shingles and an inspiration for the Sydney Opera House, was literally sketched with a grease pencil on the back of a surf board before being built in Malibu. The Triangle House (1960), a trapezoid set between two hills in the Valley, follows the site-first template that has informed his previous work. As soon as the property's gray-and-orange gate opens, it's clear Gesner has a knack for turning awkward sites and tricky angles into masterpieces.
Also known as the Kimball House, the 4,600-square-foot home, looking as much like a private residence as a glass-ringed observation area atop a ship's bridge, looks over a 1.3-acre lot that includes a guesthouse designed to look like a miniature version of the main building. Actor Joshua Gomez just listed the home for a tad under $2 million, which would more than double his initial 2010 investment of $935,000.