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Lloyd Wright's Derby House Sells For $2.335 Million

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The new owners will make its restoration a passion project

One of architect Lloyd Wright's most well-known residences, the 1926 Derby House in Glendale, has traded hands. The house closed for $2.335 million on Wednesday.

The Derby House showcases the textile block technique that's used in several houses by Lloyd Wright's father, Frank Lloyd Wright, like the Storer House in the Hollywood Hills and La Miniatura in Pasadena. (Wright the elder reportedly credited his son with creating the technique.) The blocks keep the house's interior bright: After visiting the house in 1993, the LA Times noted that "When struck by light, the blocks produce a kaleidoscope of lively light shapes and shadows upon walls, floors and other surfaces."

Well-preserved, the five-bedroom, three-bedroom house features many double-height ceilings and towering windows, as well as a two-story master bedroom with "a studio loft." Sited on almost an acre of land, the house has courtyards, decks, and outdoor spaces aplenty, capitalizing on its forested foothills location. Inside, there are "dramatic fireplaces, oak flooring and unique stonework all immaculately preserved."

The Derby House last sold in 2013, to the CEO of the Monrovia Nursery Company, for $1.59 million, but by 2015, it was on the market again, seeking $2.795 million. The house changed prices a couple of times before ultimately selling for $2.335 million. The new owners are art collectors from Illinois who intend to make a deep restoration of the house a passion project, says listing agent Laura Epstein. Update 4/26: The buyers' agents, Ruben and Ani Marquez, tell Curbed via email that the house closed in just 25 days in all cash.