A 'Darling' of a Neutra - Page 2

Following 2017’s illegal demo, one of the architect’s remaining S.F. homes is for sale
Fridays on the Homefront
View overlooking the City from the Darling House.
Fridays on the Homefront
Fridays on the Homefront
Fridays on the Homefront

Although realtors Edwards and Linda Gridley declined to be interviewed about any repairs that may be needed on the home, a Coldwell Banker press release clearly trumpeted the listing's primary value.

"The mirrored, glass interior walls expand the living spaces with unobstructed views of downtown San Francisco, the charming city skyline, and nearby Mt. Sutro Open Space Reserve," states the release. "The deck off the living room is adjacent to beautiful gardens with meandering path, perfect for entertaining or just relaxing in the sunshine and serenity."

"Who ever buys this house is going to want to do some refreshing," Edwards conceded in a brief phone interview last week, noting that Neutra's other son, Raymond, is one of many people to tour the house in recent weeks.

The realtor said offers will be considered for the first time August 10, and that initial outreach was made to "people to restore the place."

"Of course, a realtor can't tell a buyer what to do with the property," she noted ominously.

The prospect of a Neutra changing hands might be less nerve-racking in the absence of historical precedent, including demolition of not just the Largent House last September, but the college buildings this year, and Neutra's Maslon House in Rancho Mirage, in 2002, within a month of its purchase.

Add that to a couple other Neutras that have hit the market in recent years with no legal protection of their design—such as landmark status—and continue to be at risk: the Chuey House in the Hollywood Hills and the Connell House in Pebble Beach.

And now this pure modernist design surfaces in one of the City's most valued neighborhoods.

Whaddya say? Can you let the Darling House be your darling for $2 million-plus?