Must be the Season of Neutra

Two of master architect’s most celebrated homes join a third on Los Angeles market
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The ‘Season of Neutra’ is on in Los Angeles as two of the master architect’s most celebrated creations join a third Neutra home on the market. Above: The most famous of the three: the Lovell House of Los Feliz from 1929 has no price tag. Photo: courtesy Wikipedia

You know the one about Southern California having only two seasons? Well, as far as Los Angeles architectural real estate is concerned, one of them must be called Neutra this year.

The ‘Season of Neutra’ in the City of Angels began slowly in January, but the wind reared dramatically up behind it last month with two of the master modernist’s most celebrated creations blowing onto the market within a week.

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Richard Neutra at the Lovell Health House, circa 1930.

Richard Neutra sewed the first seeds for this season’s crop more than 90 years ago while relatively unknown and living with his wife, Dione, in fellow Austrian-born architect Rudolf Schindler’s house in West Hollywood. Health and fitness advocate Philip Lovell and his wife, Leah, commissioned Neutra, who designed and was general contractor for what became known as the Lovell Health House (1929).

“We’ve had a lot of interest,” realtor Marci Kays told us when its availability for the first time since 1961 was announced in late February. Keys and Jonathan Mogharrabi are representing the six-bed, five-bath Lovell House in Los Feliz for The Agency.

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Inside the Lovell House during a 2010 tour. Photo: Andrew Seles

“It’s not going on the MLS [Multiple Listing Service],” Mogharrabi assured us of the as-yet-unlisted, unpriced masterpiece, which claims put both Neutra and L.A. “on the architectural map.”

OK, so there’s not naming a price, and there’s pricing your home at $15 million, which pretty much means the same thing to most home shoppers. Still, one look from either inside or out of these two glass-walled, International-styled sensations—both among Neutra’s dozen L.A. Historic and Cultural Landmarks—makes one realize they’re actually just priceless.

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