One of Hollywood’s most talented and popular actresses since the 1970s thanks to roles in The Godfather and Annie Hall, and still a hit maker today with 2018’s Book Club, Diane Keaton has also made a name for herself in her role as a house flipper, with a long resume of classic homes that she has bought, remodelled, and resold. One of Southern California’s most famous homes, originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son and to which Keaton added her touch in the 1990s, is now for sale.
Keaton first started in the home remodelling business as a Pinterest fan, fascinated with what she was seeing on the home-styling site and parlaying her ideas into a highly successful sideline renovation-restoration business, with her houses selling almost before the certificate of occupancy is finalized. When she paired her own talent for detailed craftsmanship with what architect Lloyd Wright originally created, the results are both interesting and unique. Now on the market is the Mayan-themed, art deco-styled Samuel-Novarro House (named after the early Hollywood silent-film actor Ramon Novarro and his business manager, Louis Samuel), designed by Lloyd Wright in 1928 and lovingly restored and updated by Keaton, priced at $4.295 million.
With so many movie actors turning to flipping houses in their spare time, the Tinseltown standouts have been Ellen Degeneres as forerunner and the multi-talented Diane Keaton as a close second. With her scholastic understanding of architectural significance, her goal of enhancing rather than changing good architecture, her hands-on management, and her artistic eye for interior design, she has thrown herself wholeheartedly into reincarnating run-down older homes to their previous glory — but with modern updates that will have them gliding seamlessly through future decades. Keaton recently published her third book on the subject, The House That Pinterest Built.
Located in the elite neighbourhood of The Oaks in Los Feliz, California, Wright’s Samuel Novarro House has been attracting celebrity owners for years, such as Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, and Christina Ricci. Keaton was careful to retain Wright’s vision for the structure by highlighting his signature touches, including interior accents and the oxidized copper trim on the exterior, which were integral to the overall design and granted the California designation Historic-Cultural Monument #130.
In true California-Wright style, the interior has large, open, light-filled spaces that bring the outdoors in through large, well-placed windows and glass walls. The main living area opens to the walled swimming pool terrace, which invites skinny dipping in total privacy. Measuring approximately 2,690 square feet of interior space on four levels, the house offers three bedrooms and three baths, a large, sunny kitchen with wide garden views, large great room and dining area, light-filled master suite, and a master bath that has a dramatic Wright-designed accent wall. Many rooms open to terraces for dining, entertaining, or for relaxing meditation, all overlooking professional landscaping of mature trees, ferns, and overhanging vines, perfectly achieving Wright’s architectural goal of blending structure with nature. The home was remodelled again in 2008 by Justin Krzyston, who consulted with Keaton on the project and retained much of her work.
Combining two great talents, Lloyd Wright and Diane Keaton, the 1928 Samuel Novarro House is now for sale, priced at $4.295 million.
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