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La Jolla’s Incredible Lotus House Awaits New Owner

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Designed by visionary architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg in 1978, the spectacular seaside residence is asking $3.9 million

Well, this is a bit of a head-scratcher. In late February, La Jolla's landmark Lotus House hit the market for the first time in nearly a decade. And four months later, there it sits. What gives, people? While the asking price, $3.888 million, is nothing to sneeze at, it's well in line with those of other properties of similar size in the exclusive enclave. And this is no ordinary luxury beach house, it's a Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, fercryinoutloud! The pioneering architect behind Joshua Tree's High Desert House, Maui's Onion House, and the Chart House restaurant chain, Kellogg designed the La Jolla Heights property in 1978 for internationally renowned reproductive endocrinologist Samuel Yen.

Situated on a .91-acre canyon rim lot, the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath residence is described by its listing as having "undulating laminated wood roof trusses, sculptural poured formed concrete, hypnotic geometric tile and a helical staircase of glass three stories high." There's also a sauna, a central atrium, walls of glass, and three decks from which to take advantage of breathtaking ocean and canyon views. Somebody snap this baby up already!

The Lotus House: Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, Architect [Deasy/Penner]