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Lloyd Wright’s Mayan-Deco Novarro House hits the market asking $4.3M

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Built for a silent movie star, the Hollywood Hills home was later restored by Diane Keaton

The Novarro House, Lloyd Wright’s Mayan-inspired Art Deco masterpiece, is back on the market after last having sold in 2014. Silent film star Ramon Novarro commissioned the home in 1928 for his, erm, personal secretary, Louis Samuel. It fell back into Novarro's hands after he caught Samuel embezzling. Novarro then recruited art director (and Oscar statuette creator) Cedric Gibbons as an interior designer.

Since then, the home has hosted a number of luminaries, including musical theater icons Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green. Later, it was home to Diane Keaton, who restored it with the help of architect Josh Schweitzer. In 2005, Christina Ricci purchased the home, but ended up selling it a year later.

Nestled into the hills of Los Feliz, the 2,690-square-foot house features copper ornamentation along the exterior—along with an impressive oversized street number out front facing the street. Other features include huge windows throughout, a frosted glass entryway, floor-to-ceiling glass doors in the master bedroom, and several balconies shaded by the lush array of surrounding vegetation.

A Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, the home last sold for $3.8 million. Now, it’s back up for grabs with an asking price of $4.295 million.


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