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Little-known Neutra in Brentwood makes its market debut with $3M asking price

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The frozen-in-time midcentury modern features walls of glass, built-in furniture, and gorgeous mosaic-work

Photos by Cameron Carothers unless otherwise noted; courtesy of Christina Hildebrand

Oooh, here’s an exciting new addition to the market. Located at the tippy-top of Tigertail Road in Brentwood, the Elsa and Robert Sale Residence was designed by Richard Neutra in 1960, and has just become available for the first time ever.

As vintage photographs taken by Julius Shulman in 1965 show, the home looks very much the same as it did over half a century ago, even down to its whimsical throw pillows.

Measuring 1,632 square feet, the house has three bedrooms, two baths, and an open-plan living room/dining room/den area. Defining character features include sliding glass walls, copious wood paneling, built-in seating, bookcases, and desks, and several striking mosaics created by Elsa Sale, a Dutch-born artist.

Per the listing, the property sits on a 1.02-acre lot “surrounded by a hillside greenbelt affording miles of hiking” and “a bird’s eye view of the city and coastline below.” However, as one might expect, “some restoration [is] required.”

Asking price is an even $3 million.

By Cameron Carothers
A mosaic wall created by Elsa Sale
Julius Shulman, © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)
Julius Shulman, © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)
Julius Shulman photographed the home in 1965. Bottom: A pool mosaic by Elsa Sale.
© J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)