By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
1:42 PM PDT, October 12, 2012
The former live-work compound of artist Sam Francis is on the market in Santa Monica at $18.75 million.
The reinvented property features two houses, waterfalls, a bridge, glass walkways over stream beds and Japanese gardens on nearly half an acre. There are eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a bar, a media room, an office, a wine cellar and a sauna in an 8,000-square-foot main house and a 4,400-square-foot secondary home.
Francis, who died in 1994 at 71, was a painter, muralist and printmaker whose works were influenced by Abstract Expressionists and, later, Zen Buddhism. He is known for his large, brightly colored abstracts. His work can be found in museums around the world.
The property last sold in 2006 for $1.56 million, public records show.
Carol Bird of Westside Estate Agency's Malibu office is the listing agent.
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