After cavalierly tearing down beloved Science Fiction writer Ray Bradbury’s Cheviot Hills home and replacing it with a characteristically abstract single-family residence, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne and his wife Blythe are moving on from their Santa Monica home of 30 years.
As such, the couple is looking for a renter for the unconventional two-bedroom residence, which played a prominent role in Michael Mann’s classic LA crime drama Heat.
The scene of much of Al Pacino’s moping and TV smashing during the movie, the home was even dismissed by Pacino’s tough guy cop as a “deadtech postmodernistic bullshit house.” A representative from Morphosis, Mayne’s architectural firm, tells us the architect himself came up with the putdown.
Technically a remodel, the house was originally constructed in 1947, but has been updated numerous times over the years. Now known as the Sixth Street Residence, the home was the recipient of 1987 AIA Los Angeles Honor Award and Mayne’s architectural drawings of the house have been displayed at MOMA.
Prominently featuring reused materials, the home includes several steel fixtures—including the oddly central shower—constructed from repurposed machine parts. The listing description refers to the home as an “extended study in how to live aesthetically and creatively in a relatively compact space.”
Featuring two bathrooms and 1,933 square feet of living space, the house will set renters back $7,600 per month.
- 2634 Sixth Street [Crosby Doe Associates]
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