The Ohara Residence in Silver Lake by Richard Neutra, 1959

The Ohara Residence in Silver Lake by Richard Neutra, 1959

View from the street of the Ohara Residence by architect Richard Neutra.

2210 Neutra Place, Los Angeles CA 90039

With the exception of tract developments by the likes of Charles Dubois, Eichler, or Palmer and Krisel, it’s not a very common occurrence that one gets the chance to survey a collection of works by a single architect concentrated into a very small area. In fact, it’s rare. And that’s why the Neutra Colony in Silver Lake is such a popular destination for architecture buffs, as well as a point of pride for locals in the know. The colony is a string of 9 homes built between 1948 and 1961, each of which is unique and special in its own way. This post is about one of those homes, the Ohara Residence, which is currently on the market.

Reflecting pool in the front yard.

Adding to the architectural allure of this colony of homes is the fact that it’s also just down the street, a half block away, from the VDL House, Neutra’s personal residence and studio, which a National Historic Landmark.  The VDL is currently owned by California State Polytechnic University and often is open for tours.  Water features, such as the one above, are a common element in Neutra’s designs. Sometimes they are functional in some way, other times they are merely aesthetic, which this reflection pool with pavers appears to be.

 

Living room of the Ohara Residence in Silver Lake.

Inside the home you’ll find the classic elements of a Neutra home: floor to ceiling windows, an open floor plan, and walls that open to the outdoor spaces.

Fireplace in the living room of the Ohara Residence in Silver Lake.

The fireplace is a beautiful exercise in geometry, composed of masonry of three different sizes and defined along one vertical edge by a single steel beam. And directly adjacent to the fireplace, the wall opens and beckons you to go outside.

Living room opens up to the back yard.

 

A lush yard furnished for al fresco dining.

Sited on a lot that’s a little over 10,000 square feet and filled with mature foliage, the outdoor space is effectively private and perfect for enjoying your breakfast, lunch or dinner.

An office/library area inside the Ohara House by Richard Neutra.

Part of the open floor plan of the main living space includes a study/library area highlighted by beautiful, original built-in shelving and cabinetry on two of its sides.

Built-ins and stairs leading to the second level of the Ohara Residence.

It’s nice to see linoleum flooring in place, as it’s true to the period. And while I don’t know whether this linoleum is original, I would guess it’s not. However, the color choice and pattern are also spot on for the period when this home was built.

The kitchen of the Ohara Residence in Silver Lake.

Again, kudos to the owners for retaining original features in the kitchen, especially the electric stove with push-button controls. As much as I love this stove for the authenticity it lends to the home’s provenance, it’s easy to believe that the homeowners must have been tempted over the years to replace it with a more modern stove/range. And yet, I’m confident that keeping the home in this original form is a better choice regarding the interest it will generate and, likewise, its market value.

Primary bedroom with mitered glass windows.

Here in the primary bedroom, one of the design features worth pointing out are the mitered glass windows, which create a much greater sense of space than actually exists within the room.

Second bedroom of the Ohara Residence in Silver Lake.

As we move on to bedrooms 2 and 3, it’s very evident that natural light via walls of glass is a fundamental principal in the design of the home.

Third bedroom of the Ohara Residence in Silver Lake.

A slatted wood wall separates a garden area from the stairs that lead down the sloping side of the property.

A slatted wall divider separates the yard from the steps along the side of the house.

A private outdoor garden ideal for al fresco dining.

The property includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, original built-ins, a front balcony, hot tub and a 2-vehicle car port at the rear of the property.

Gravel and square pavers lead to the entry.

The last time this house was on the market was in 2003 and it sold for $1,205,000.

A beautiful garden with large square pavers leading up to the Ohara Residence sited atop a knoll.

When considering the pedigree of the home and the fact that it is part of a very desirable and historically significant colony of homes, one doesn’t need a crystal ball to predict that this is a home that will hold its value in perpetuity.  If this is in your price range, and you have an appreciation for great design, consider yourself lucky to have the chance to bid on such a special property.

This is another great home designed for life in Southern California. This is Angeleno Living.

2210 Neutra Place, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Architect: Richard Neutra
List Price: $3,100,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Sq Feet: 1,564
Lot Size: 10,028
Year Built: 1959
Air: Central
Floor: Carpet, Linoleum, Brick
Parking: Carport, Detached, 2 Spaces
Views: Trees/Woods, Tree Top, Hills, Reservoir
Fireplace: Living Room, Gas Starter, Gas and Wood
MLS #: 24-371837

Listing Courtesy of Ilana Gafni and John Matthes of Crosby Doe Associates.

Note: Information above reflects market status as of the date this post was originally published. Feel free to call for current market status.

1038 720 David Kubiczky

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