One of renowned architect Richard Neutra’s Platform Houses in Los Angeles hit the market Thursday for $2.05 million.
The home, which boasts a black metal exterior, is one of 17 Mid-Century Modern homes in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of the city known as the Platform Houses. Aptly named, the homes “are built on massive platforms that cantilever out over the edge of a steep slope, looking down onto the valley below,” according to the Los Angeles Conservancy, a local preservation group.
Neutra—an Austrian-American architect who spent much of his career in Southern California and worked alongside other luminaries of the era, including Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolf Schindler—helmed the design of the residences, which were completed between 1962 and 1966, according to the conservancy. Neutra withdrew from the project after disagreements with the developer, and architect William S. Beckett oversaw the rest of the process. Neutra died in 1970 at the age of 78.
Owner and architect Donald Goldstein has restored the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home over the last two decades. He purchased the property in 1993 for $240,000, according to records with PropertyShark.
“It’s creative in all aspects,” he said in an email. “It feels bigger than it is and is filled with intricate details and defined spaces. You could walk around it for a week and continually notice something new.”
Overlooking the San Fernando Valley, the residence also offers far-reaching vistas through floor-to-ceiling windows. Four pyramid skylights were added to bring light into the abode.
“It was important to maximize and showcase the unobstructed views that the platform structure affords,” Mr. Goldstein continued. “My home is one of the best projects I’ve ever done.”
Features include custom wrought iron doors; an open living area with a gas fireplace; a dining room with space for a table for 10, a wet bar and a 300-plus bottle wine cellar; a chef’s kitchen with WOLF appliances; solar panels; and an office, according to the listing.
Outside, there’s a seating area, plus a koi pond and a courtyard with a water feature, plus a carport, according to the listing.
“Beyond its history, the modern spin and interpretation showcase how this home can both evolve and stand the test of time,” listing agent Michelle Schwartz of The Agency said in an email.