Architect Richard Neutra's son Dion has shone the preservation signal in the sky--the Neutra-designed Nash House in Camarillo is on the market as a short sale and could sell as soon as today to a teardown-minded investor. The house in the Las Posas Estates section of Camarillo was built in 1957 for a Louis Nash; it sits on 4.65 acres. It was originally 1,500 square feet (and two bedrooms), but the second owner added a new master and enclosed the carport to convert it to a family room with wetbar and fireplace, according to the Ventura County Star. The house is now 2,800 square feet. According to an email from the owner, forwarded to Curbed by Dion, the house was listed as a short sale this week, asking $769,000. The owner says he has had lots of interest, mostly from investors who want tear the house down, and that he hopes to take an offer by the end of this week--he contacted Dion about finding an alternative buyer (presumably one who wants to keep the house).
The Star profiled the house in 2009, when it came on the market asking $1.395 million: "At the entrance, three steps descend to the homes front courtyard. A koi pond looks as though it flows under the steps, part of the homes original design, it is still in use?The living room has an expansive wall of plate-glass windows, offering a panoramic view to the outside. The custom detailed slatted wood ceilings run the length of the house and offer a brilliant contrast to the glass walls." It added that original details including tiling, cabinetry, and windows are still intact, but that the kitchen counters and appliances have been replaced.
The asking price was later dropped to $1.297 million, but the house appears to have been unlisted since January 2010.
· Nature is key in Neutra-designed Nash Home [VC Star]
· 35 Marine View Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010 [Movoto]