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Ennis House for Sale

Posted: Thu May 30, 2019 7:49 pm
by Paul Ringstrom

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 9:24 pm
by SDR
Surely twenty-three million dollars is a new high for a Wright property ?

S

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:28 am
by DavidC

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:55 am
by Tim
Geez. LA is truly LALA Land.

The WSJ has an article (yesterday) on spec houses in LA. All ... $50M to $100M.

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:19 pm
by Roderick Grant
One restoration I didn't expect, but am glad to see, is the new garage door. For decades, the garage was a gaping maw with typical garage-for-everything-but-the-car stuff in it. Now it looks as it should.

In case anyone in the 'choir' is unaware, FLW did not design any furniture for the house during the Ennis regime; the newly-built furniture is from the Nesbitt era.

For Los Angeles, $23M is not out of line; many houses have sold for more with less to offer. But I suspect Ennis will stay on the market for a long time and sell for considerably less. And, yes, this is a new high for FLW. The current record is $5M for Storer.

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:34 pm
by Matt2
They wanted $3M for Sturges with a hefty restoration fund. Did it ever find an owner?

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:35 pm
by Roderick Grant
An interesting factoid: The house has had the same water heater since built. It is a demand heater located in the laundry room (under the guest bedroom), which is over 100' away from the master bath, so getting hot water to the shower takes quite a while. I wouldn't be surprised if that has been scotched.

Another: There is a trap door in the billiard room leading to the area beneath the living room all the way to the master bedroom, a fascinating space ranging in head-height from about 12' downhill to less than 5' at the peak.

And... : Above the master bath is a 'room' 8'x9'4", 8'high, accessible only from an aperture on the exterior wall above the pool area. The only reason this exists is for proper massing of the exterior. It would make a perfect shelter for a resident falcon ... although if birds do inhabit the space, I suppose they are pigeons.

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:37 pm
by Roderick Grant
Matt2, Joel spent $3M on the restoration. Whatever the asking price or deal was with the recent sale, it ended up costing 5 mil.

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:02 pm
by SDR
Given the apparently insatiable appetite for more interior space (do upwardly-mobile owners these days use the sq ft number as a point of pride, when
comparing properties ? I suppose they do---and always have . . .), what would keep the new owner of Ennis from developing and finishing that sub-floor volume . . .

I guess a permissible fenestration of the spaces would be perforated blocks replacing opaque ones, where needed, in the upper reaches of the plinth ?

S

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:42 pm
by Reidy
When Burkle bought the house the story was that it carries a deed restriction requiring public access on some minimum schedule. Has anything come of that? For that matter, was the story true?

Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:56 pm
by SREcklund
Reidy wrote:When Burkle bought the house the story was that it carries a deed restriction requiring public access on some minimum schedule. Has anything come of that? For that matter, was the story true?
My understanding is that the LA Conservancy has an easement that requires 12 days a year of public access. How those days are defined has always been a bit of a mystery.

Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:00 pm
by SREcklund
Matt2 wrote:They wanted $3M for Sturges with a hefty restoration fund. Did it ever find an owner?
It didn't sell in the initial auction, but was purchased sometime later by a trust. I've heard nothing regarding the new owner, but a Conservancy contact tells me they are preservation-minded.

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:45 pm
by DavidC

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:10 am
by DavidC
Ennis house - [4:35]


David

Ennis House has Sold

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:06 pm
by Bill Swan
Have seen several reports that the Ennis House has sold - https://archinect.com/news/article/1501 ... 18-million