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Johnston Marklee Takes On Lautner's Baxter-Hodiak

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The Baxter-Hodiak house has a pedigree suited to its location just above Sunset Blvd--it was built in 1940 for Frank Lloyd Wright's granddaughter, Oscar-winning actress Anne Baxter, remodeled by John Lautner in the '50s, and even had a bit of Lloyd Wright work done on it. Agent Hal Gefsky lived in the house from 1966 until he died in 2008. It was put on the market in November of that year for $2.395 million, and after some serious chops, finally sold in November 2009 for $1.3 million. The buyer was Rome-based developer DEVELOP RE, and they've hired LA architecture firm Johnston Marklee to revive the house. The architects plan on restoring the key Lautner features (like the great room bench that used to extend to the outside) and making over some of the sadder parts of the property. They'll also rehab the pool and create a seating area on the hillside above it. They're working on a tight schedule, hoping to get it all done this year, so basic improvements (like to the roof) will start soon. We recently stopped by the home to check it out; captions on the photos.
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Baxter-Hodiak House

8650 Pine Tree Pl., Los Angeles, CA

Baxter-Hodiak House

8650 Pine Tree Pl., Los Angeles, CA