Among the most intriguing structures in Beachwood Canyon are the handful of residences designed by Marie Russack Hotchener. One of the founders of the mystical Krotona Colony, Hotchener was an opera singer and self-taught architect. Her best-known work is the fantastical Moorcrest, now owned by Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom.
In 1933, Hotchener, who was known by the “star name” of Helios to her friends, designed Torre del Moro, an Andalusian-style building on Helios Drive. The property was restored in 2005 by the design firm of Howell & Padgett, and converted to a condominium complex with five units, one of which is now up for sale.
Measuring 630 square feet, the one-bedroom unit features hardwood floors, French windows and doors, multiple patios and balconies, central AC/heat, Carrara marble countertops, high-end appliances, and a one-car garage.
Asking price is $699,000, while HOA fees total $341 per month. Open house is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
- 2270 Helios Dr [Juliet Hohnen & Associates]
- The Creation of Beachwood Canyon's Theosophist "Dreamland" [Curbed LA]