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Richard Neutra’s Mid-Century Hailey Residence is an Exercise in Compact Space Design
Richard Neutra was originally from Austria, but he practiced for much of his life in Southern California and even worked for Frank Lloyd Wright for a short time. He was known for his modernist works and for listening to the needs of his clients rather than imposing his architectural vision on them. Although he passed in 1970, his son carries on the legacy through the Richard and Dion Neutra Architecture office in Los Angeles.
The Hailey Residence was completed in 1959 and is located on a steep hillside plot in between the Hollywood Reservoir and Universal City. The home was listed as a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a total of 1,129 square feet of floor space. Inside, the kitchen connects to a dining room next to an open living area. A soft movable wall connects to the extra bedroom/den and when open it expands the living space. The master bedroom sits on the very end, and built-in furniture throughout the house provides plenty of storage. Large windows off the backside of the home provide views to the south and a large roof overhang provides shade.
Last year the home sold for $895,000 through Crosby Doe Associates and included the original furnishings, kitchen and vintage furniture. Upgrades to the home included central air and heat, a new temperature-controlled wine cellar and a laundry area added in the space underneath the home. A close look at the home reveals special details and multi-functional spaces that make the compact home seem much larger than it is.
Images Courtesy of Crosby Doe Associates
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