An angular, Mid-Century Modern residence in South Pasadena, California, with an architectural pedigree, hit the market on Thursday for $5.99 million.
Built by famed modernist architect Richard Neutra, the single-story spread was initially designed in 1947 as one of the Case Study Houses, but never came to fruition as part of the project.
The Case Study Houses were experiments in residential architecture sponsored by the now-shuttered Arts & Architecture magazine. Prominent architects like Neutra, Pierre Koenig and Charles and Ray Eames were tasked with designing and building replicable and inexpensive model homes as the U.S faced a housing boom caused by the influx of returning soldiers following the end of World War II.
Between 1945 and 1966, 36 residences were commissioned; 10 were unbuilt, a handful have been demolished or significantly remodeled, and about 20 of the homes, almost all in the greater Los Angeles area, remain standing.
Though Case Study House #13, as the design was originally known, was one of the homes that went unbuilt by the program, Neutra’s vision came to fruition two years later in 1949, when he built the three-bedroom South Pasadena property, and it instead became The Wilkins House, named after the family it was built for.
The property has been “painstakingly restored to Neutra's original plan by the owners and architect John Bertram,” according to the listing with Anthony Stellini, Elisa Ritt and Sherri Rogers of the RSR Real Estate team at Compass.
The owners bought the home in 2001 for a little over $1 million, records with PropertyShark show. They could not be reached for comment.
It’s loaded with mid-century elements, including redwood tongue-and-groove ceilings, cork floors and walls of windows. There’s also a pool and a two-bedroom guest house, according to the listing.
With its park-like grounds in a neighborhood with good schools, the property is very family-friendly, Mr. Stellini said.
The Los Angeles Times
first reported the listing.