Home of the Day: La Jolla’s legendary Lotus House

Once featured on HGTV’s “Extreme Homes” series, the Lotus House by organic modern architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg is a sinuous study of undulating wood roof trusses, sculptural poured-form concrete and geometric tile.

A three-story, helical glass center staircase invites awe as do walls of glass framing panoramic views of the Pacific. It’s dramatic, sculptural and outrageously one-of-a-kind.

Address: 7799 Starlight Dr., La Jolla, 92037

Price: $3,888,000

Built: 1978

Architect: Kendrick Bangs Kellogg

Lot size: 36,640 square feet

House size: 3,379 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms


Features: Organic Modern design by architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, panoramic ocean and canyon views, seamless integration of indoor-outdoor space, three-story glass helix staircase, custom tiled shower, central atrium with clerestory windows, flexible floor plan, family room, library, office, sauna, three viewing decks, teak wood built-in cabinetry, sandblasted Douglas fir ceilings throughout

About the area: The median sale price for single-family homes in the 92037 ZIP Code in January was $2.538 million, based on 20 sales, according to CoreLogic. That was a 67.2% increase in median price compared with the previous year’s.

Agents: Elizabeth Courtier, Willis Allen Real Estate, 619-813-6686

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