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Sherman Oaks stilt house by Richard Neutra asks $1.35M

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Walls of windows and views across the hills

Well look what we have here: It’s one of Richard Neutra’s gravity-defying stilt houses newly arrived on the market. The influential modernist built a row of 20 such homes in 1966, near the end of his life.

Overlooking Beverly Glen Boulevard, the homes are suspended over a hillside in Sherman Oaks, supported mainly by a few long poles extending from the terrain below. The precarious-looking design was meant to incorporate the houses into the existing environment without extensively reshaping the landscape through excessive grading. So far, as the LA Times noted in 1998, the homes have survived at least two nearby earthquakes without incident.

This particular two-bedroom home features stunning floor-to-ceiling windows that provide panoramic views across the surrounding hills. A wide deck accessed from the living area and master bedroom also capitalizes on the stellar views.

Other features include updated bathrooms, built-in shelving and a walk-in closet in the second bedroom, and an open living room and dining area with hardwood floors and a large stone fireplace.

The 1,800-square-foot home is situated on a half-acre lot that includes a detached deck and front garden, as well as a two vehicle carport with a wooden gate. Asking price is $1.349 million.