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Bronze wasn’t this sculptor’s only medium

Times Staff Writer

Sculptor Morris Levine designed this Beverly Hills-area home as his personal residence in 1964, and it’s still as timeless as his bronzes.

At least that is the view of his widow, Rikki, who was married to the artist for 56 years before he died at age 90 about 18 months ago. “He was always ahead of his time,” she said.

The pool and house are solar heated, and the floor plan flows easily, she said, from inside the home to a tranquil garden, bathed in light early in the day.

The structure has sharp, architectural angles, although indoor spaces are somewhat softer and more informal, incorporating wood and tile.

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There are many spaces designed for sculptures, paintings and wall hangings.

About this house: It’s not the only home created by the sculptor. He designed and built his first when he was 19. A number of others followed. After World War II, he designed at least half a dozen apartment buildings in Southern California. During the war, he designed two churches on an island in the South Pacific, where he was stationed.

He was self-taught as a sculptor and a designer. “He never studied,” his widow said. “He just did it.”

Asking price: $2,995,000

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Size: The 3,480-square-foot house has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. It is on more than half an acre of land.

Features: The house also has a family room, an office and an outside dining area with a large, dirt pad that has been used as a dance floor.

Where: 2257 Betty Lane in the Beverly Hills post office area, ZIP Code 90210. The home is open today from 2 to 5 p.m.

Listing agent: Adrienne LaRussa, Sotheby’s International Realty, Beverly Hills, (310) 729-2841.

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