If the group of cozy mid-century boathouses that peek out from the hills in the Cahuenga Pass could talk, they would probably never run out of awesome stories to tell. Built in 1959 on lots considered too steep and small to be usable, the wooden houses were shaped by Norwegian shipbuilders, who used super-sharp handaxes while hanging 50 to 60 feet off the ground. We know that sounds like a lie, but it's not: you can hear the whole story from the architect, Harry Gesner.
As architects go, Gesner is maybe the world's most interesting—survivor of Normandy, raider of Ecuadorian tombs, master of water spots, and elbow-rubber of Hollywood legends like Marlon Brando. The houses were imbued with coolness in their earliest stages, you see.
This particular 1,200-square-foot boathouse up for sale now has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a great view. The house definitely picked up some Scandinavian vibes from those shipbuilders, with its white wood walls and efficient use of space. The asking price is $649,000. Update: Turns out this was Sam Kinison's house in the '80s and early '90s, until his death in 1992.
· 7035 Woodrow Wilson Drive [Official Site]
· How Badass Norwegian Shipbuilders Helped Harry Gesner Build the Cahuenga Pass Boathouses [Curbed LA]