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Rudolph Schindler’s Wolff House asking $1.5M in Sherman Oaks

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The 1930s modern was treated to a sensitive restoration by Michael LaFetra

Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 828, the Harry J. Wolff House
Photos by John Hoon Lee, courtesy of Louis DeLaura

Now up for grabs in Sherman Oaks is the Harry J. Wolff House, designed by pioneering modernist R.M. Schindler in 1938.

Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 828, the two-bedroom residence at 4000 Sunnyslope Avenue was constructed with stucco and plaster over a wood frame, or what Schindler called “plaster skin.” In 2000, the home was purchased by pedigreed-property collector Michael La Fetra, who restored it guided by the architect’s notes, blueprints, and historical photographs and secured historic designation and Mills Act protection for it in 2005.

Measuring 1,668 square feet, the home features clerestory windows, varying ceiling heights and rooflines, and extensive Douglas-fir plywood paneling, built-in furniture, and shelving. Updates include modern appliances, bamboo flooring, custom cabinetry, central heat and cooling systems, and solar panels. Outside, there’s a koi pond with waterfall and lush landscaping surrounding the house.

Last sold in 2006 for $1.425 million, the property is listed with Louis DeLaura of Sotheby’s International Realty with an asking price of $1.499 million. Open houses are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A wall of windows helps create a feeling of openness and connection to nature.
Built-ins abound.
The pink plaster changes color as the sunlight passes through clerestory windows.
The home has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Extensive landscaping provides privacy, shade, and noise reduction.