When rumors first started flying that Maria Shriver was buying a house on North Carmelina Ave. on Brentwood, we sort of hoped she'd make a huge break from her Kennedy/California first lady/Brentwood Mediterranean background and buy Frank Gehry's postmodern, multi-building Schnabel House. Unsurprisingly, she did not (she went instead with a new build a little lower down on the street) and neither has anyone else yet. The Schnabel was built in 1989 and was one of Gehry's last residences. Book of Mormon producer Jon Platt bought the four building house in 2006 and spent years on a Gehry-approved renovation, adding iPad control and a CIA-approved WiFi system (the house's metal and concrete made a regular system unworkable). Platt listed the house in March asking $13 million. Now it's been sawed down to $11.995 million.
· Frank Gehry's 1989 Schnabel House in Brentwood [Curbed LA]