Home of the Day: John Lautner's Foster Carling House

Home of the Day: John Lautner's Foster Carling House
The Foster Carling residence at 7144 Hockey Trail, Los Angeles, was an early proving ground for architect John Lautner's forward-thinking design elements. (Michael McNamara)

Showcasing an aptness for fusing engineering and architecture, John Lautner designed the Foster Carling House so that a hinged living room wall, complete with its built-in furniture, swivels out onto an expansive deck overlooking Cahuenga Pass.

The transforming section is just one example of the architect's forward-thinking style. In lieu of beams and posts, three external steel masts provide support for the hexagonal roof.


Additionally, a section of the outdoor pool has been pulled into the interior and is separated by a telescoping glass window.

The home, clad in polished concrete and aged redwood planking, was originally intended as a one-bedroom bachelor residence for music composer Foster Carling. However, Lautner returned years later to add a second bedroom at the owner's request. He used that opportunity to also motorize the movable wall and retractable glass, which had previously been operated manually.

Location: 7144 Hockey Trail, Hollywood Hills West, 90068

Asking price: $2.995 million

Year built: 1947-1950

Architect: John Lautner

House size: Two bedrooms, two baths, 1,999 square feet

Lot size: 0.37 acres

Features: Redwood built-ins, polished concrete floors, living room with a fireplace, retracting glass wall, indoor-outdoor pool

About the area: There were 375 single-family homes sold in the 90068 ZIP Code in 2013 at a median sale price of $999,000, according to DataQuick. That was a 12.25% increase year-over-year.

Agent: Brian K. Courville, John Aaroe Group, 310-652-6285

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