The city of Los Angeles is renowned for having some of the most unique homes and structures not only at the state level but also at the national level. Los Angeles real estate takes the creativity of mankind in building the structures that we live in a notch higher. Some homes or buildings are admired for their magnificent look and/or rare architectural styles from different places or different times in the history of construction. Others are famous for their unique and extraordinary designs, some of which were never thought to be practically achievable before until the buildings were completed. Having said that, below are the top 7 most famous houses in Los Angeles. Find out if your favorite home, building or structure is on the list;
1. The Playboy Mansion
Located in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, the Playboy Mansion is not only a local landmark but also a national monument. Constructed in 1927, this gothic-style mansion covers an area of 21,987 sq ft and sits on a 5.3-million-acre piece of land. Famous for the show “The Girls Next Door”, it has 29 rooms in total. Those include a wine cellar, a game room, a screening room with an in-built pipe organ, a basketball/tennis court, a grotto, as well as a swimming pool and a waterfall area. Previously owned by Hugh Hefner, the founder of the Playboy Magazine, the lavish Playboy Mansion was acquired, in 2016, by a company called Daren Metropoulos after listing among some of the most luxurious Los Angeles homes for sale. Despite pocketing a whopping $100 million from the sale, Mr. Hefner still lives and works in the property though, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the sale agreement.
2. The Eames House
Located on 203 North Chautauqua Boulevard within the Pacific Palisades community of Los Angeles, the Eames House is a National Historic Landmark covering a surface area of 60,988.32 sq ft. Built in 1949, this significant building a mid-20th-century-modern architecture that’s quite rare in the area. Originally belonging to an architect couple; Charles and RayEames, it was nominated by the Arts & Architecture magazine between 1945 and 1966 for participation in a program challenging architects to design progressive, but modest, homes in Southern California. As a result, the Eames House became known as “Case Study House No. 8.” After the couple had died, the property was inherited by their daughter “Lucia Eames” who later converted it to a non-profit organization in 2004. The building is today a historic house museum serving as a pilgrimage site for nearly 20,000 visitors a year, after being designated a National Historic Landmark by the authorities in 2006, even though it is still being maintained by the Eames Foundation. Since its construction, the building has won numerous accolades, including the recent 2019 California Preservation Design Award for Cultural Resource Studies.
3. The Goldwyn Estate
Located at Laurel Lane, the Goldwyn Estate is a very famous house in Los Angeles, occupying a surface area of 10, 982 sq ft. Built in 1934 and originally owned by a well-known tycoon called “Samuel Goldwyn,” until his death in 1970, this magnificent property has numerous rooms including 5 bathrooms, 6 bedrooms, a card room, a gym, and a screening room, all concealed, from the outside, in a Georgian-inspired architecture. The exterior of the two-acre property is characterized by a fairly wide lawn, a rose garden, and some beautiful landscaping. There is also a tennis court where many renowned Hollywood celebrities such as Katharine Hepburn and Charlie Chaplin have enjoyed playing tennis with the property tenants, a swimming pool & spa not to mention a pool house for maximum entertainment. Listed for sale in 2015, the Goldwyn Estate was bought by Taylor Swit-a renowned female pop music celebrity, for a whopping 25 million dollars in cash.
4. The El Fureidis (Scarface Mansion)
Also known as “The Gillespie Palace” or “James Waldron Gillespie Estate”, El Fureidis is a more than 10,000 sq ft property located in Montecito Heights, Los Angeles. Sitting on 10 acres of land, this magnificent home that was designed in the early 1900s by architect Bertram Goodhue boasts a unique Roman-Spanish-Arabic-Persian-styled architecture. It has 4 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms and a roof deck with incredible views of the Channel Islands and the Pacific Ocean. The Scarface Mansion was very popular between the 1900s to 1950s when it appeared in many hand-colored picture postcards. It highlighted some of its unique features such as the gorgeous walkway decorated by rare species of palm trees only found in Disneyland, the classical Persian gardens and rare overall architecture. This house also featured in Tony Montana’s film “Scarface“, an Americancrime drama movie released in 1983 American. In 2006, the Gillespie Palace listed among some of the most luxurious houses for sale in Los Angeles for a whopping $37, 500,000. It’s currently possessed by an American business mogul by the name Mark Cuban.
5. The Chemosphere
Constructed in 1960, the Chemosphere house is an admired property that is located at 7776 Torreyson Dr, Los Angeles. Recognized for its innovative and unique octagonal design, this 2,200 sq ft structure is perched on top of a 5-ft-wide concrete pole about 30 ft high. Its ingenious design with a slope of 45 degrees that was initially thought to be practically unbuildable was the brainchild of John Lautner. The architect’s imaginative solution involving a concrete pedestal almost 20-ft in diameter buried under the earth to support the post and the house has allowed the structure to withstand great storms and earthquakes up to date. Recognized for its innovative and unique octagonal design, this 2,200 sq ft structure is perched on top of a 5-ft-wide concrete pole about 30 ft high. Its ingenious design with a slope of 45 degrees that was initially thought to be practically unbuildable was the brainchild of John Lautner.
As you can see, the City of Los Angeles never disappoints, at least, when it comes to some of the most incredible homes America has ever known. From Playboy Mansion, Eames House and Goldwyn Estate to El Fureidis (Scarface Mansion) and Chemosphere, the City of Angels has an incredible list of mind-blowing homes, which are very famous. Some homes, such as the Playboy Mansion and El Fureidis (Scarface Mansion), date many decades ago when great architecture was all about trying and fusing styles from different parts of the world and varying eras in the history of construction. Other structures such as the unbelievable Chemosphere were able to be erected against all odds, thanks to the imaginations and innovations of a few architectural geniuses such as John Lautner. Do you know of any other building or house that is very famous in Los Angeles that you would like to share with us? If so, feel free to comment below so we can learn about it.