No one seems to be able to hold on to the Carling Residence, by the always-excellent Organic Modernist John Lautner, for very long. It's sold twice in the past five years and here it comes around again. Owners cannot possibly have much to complain about design-wise: the latest round of listing photos shows just how breathtaking this design is, with exterior steel masts holding up a hexagonal roof (meaning no interior columns), and indoor-outdoor pool, telescoping glass walls, redwood walls, and a wall with a built-in sofa that "was designed to swing out onto the deck to create the Hikea, a Hawaiian term for 'platform of gatherings.'" (They also show just how closely it's related to Lautner's masterpiece Schaffer and Sheats-Goldstein houses, and even to that recently-discovered house in Echo Park.) The Carling, built between 1947 and 1950 for composer Foster Carling, sits in the Cahuenga Pass, right by Lautner's less-extraordinary-but-still-cool Polin House. It last sold only a year ago for $2.7 million and today is asking $2.995 million.
· 7144 HOCKEY TRAIL LOS ANGELES CA 90068 [Aaroe]