From homes designed by famous architects to homes that have been featured in popular action films, there have been many interesting properties placed on the Southern California real estate market recently. Here’s a look at just a few of the properties that may be of interest to those who are looking for an interesting property to purchase in the Los Angeles area.

W. Earl Wear Home Put on Market for $1.999 Million

The wood-and-stone lodge designed by architect W. Earl Wear has been put on the market for $1.999 million. Originally built to serve as his personal home and known as the Owl’s Nest, the rustic modern home in Topanga is situated on a .88-acre lot with mature redwood, pine, eucalyptus and oak trees. Features of the three-bedroom, three-bath home include built-in seating and storage, a massive stone fireplace, a detached studio and stunning views.

Originally from Canada, Wear moved to Southern California in the early 1950s. A devotee of Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture principles, Wear designed a total of nine homes in the Los Angeles area. The Owl’s Nest was meant to serve as a model for how to build in the Topanga ridges while having a limited impact on the area. The home was last sold in 2008 for $1.8 million.

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The Elrod Home Put on the Market for $8 Million

Designed by John Lautner, the Elrod House that has been briefly featured in a Bond film, has been re-listed on the market for $8 million. Located in Palm Springs, the one-of-a-kind home has been at the center of a lengthy legal battle related to owner Michael Kilroy’s financial troubles. After filing for bankruptcy last April, Kilroy was granted the opportunity to sell the property by the end of the year.

Considered to be a key example of Lautner’s style of blending architecture and nature, the Elrod House is one of the most famous Modernist homes in Palm Springs. Features of the home include a circular concrete canopy framed by glass windows and a projecting pool deck that appears to float above the landscape.

Frank Capra’s Home Put on the Market for $2 Million

Situated in the Hollywood Hills, Frank Capra’s former retirement home has been put on the market for an even $2 million. Best known for directing It’s a Wonderful Life, Capra’s former home underwent a redesign by A. Quincy Jones a few years ago. Situated on a golf course in La Quinta just off of Cahuenga Boulevard, some of the midcentury home’s features include a tiled basement area, exposed beams, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings and an elegantly landscaped backyard. Originally built for Capra in 1925, the four-bedroom 4,000-square-foot Spanish-style home is filled with old Hollywood flair.

These are just a few examples of the interesting real estate transactions that have recently taken place in Southern California. If you would like to learn more about real estate in and around Los Angeles, contact our team of luxury real estate experts. We specialize in high-end real estate in the most prestigious communities in Southern California.

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(all data current as of 7/23/2017)

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