Wright-inspired contemporary rises in the trees

Times Staff Writer

This Sunset Strip-area home was designed by architect John Lautner, the Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice who went on to create such Modernist residences as the Chemosphere House overlooking Studio City and Bob Hope's mountainside home in Palm Springs.

Wright's influence is apparent in this and the other Modernist works of Lautner, who died at 83 in 1994. Lautner took the hills, the views and the towering pines into consideration when designing this home, known as Wolff House for its first owner. The main house uses wood, glass, stone and copper.

Like so many architectural homes, this one was not entirely practical when it was built in 1961 with only one bedroom. The owner commissioned Lautner in 1963 to build a two-story, two-bedroom guesthouse in the same style.

About this house: There have been only two owners since the home was built.

Asking price: $3,695,000

Size: There are three bedrooms and four bathrooms in 2,833 square feet. The lot size is 9,000 square feet.

Features: The home has a large living room, a stainless-steel kitchen and a view deck. The lower level, with the master bedroom, also has a view deck and access to the pool. A tree spans all levels of the home, and a glass wall reflects the first-floor deck and pool.

Where: Hollywood Hills

Listing agent: Stephen Shapiro, (310) 860-8888, and Richard Ehrlich, (310) 860-8885, both at Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills.

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