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Just the Right Buyer for Julius Shulman's Laurel Canyon Soriano

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With lots of hot architectural houses languishing on the SoCal market, selling a notable property in under a year to a maintenance-minded buyer at $245,000 under asking is not too shabby. Photographer Julius Shulman commissioned Raphael Soriano to build his house in Laurel Canyon in 1950, and he lived in it until his death last year. The Shulman House came on the market for the first time in December, listed at $2.495 million. It closed last week at $2.25 million. Samuel Heller, the listing agent and Shulman's nephew, tells Curbed that he and Shulman's daughter insisted that any buyer have only pure intentions for the historic-cultural monument, and over the last year rejected four "excellent" offers (one potential buyer wanted to turn the garage into a kitchen and add another garage somewhere else on the property). He says the couple that finally bought the house is "everything we wanted" and that the family didn't even counter their offer. He adds that the buyers will probably install air conditioning and replace things like bathroom tile and the dishwasher, but don't want to make major changes. A source tells Curbed one of the buyers is a well-known science writer. [Pictured: Shulman House (R. Soriano, 1950) © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (2004.R.10)]
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