Lloyd Wright’s Mayan-Deco Novarro House hits the market asking $4.3M

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The Novarro House, Lloyd Wright’s Mayan-inspired Art Deco masterpiece, is back on the market after last having sold in 2014. Silent film star Ramon Novarro commissioned the home in 1928 for his, erm, personal secretary, Louis Samuel. It fell back into Novarro’s hands after he caught Samuel embezzling. Novarro then recruited art director (and Oscar statuette creator) Cedric Gibbons as an interior designer.

Novarro house interior shot showing long living room and glass door

Since then, the home has hosted a number of luminaries, including musical theater icons Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green. Later, it was home to Diane Keaton, who restored it with the help of architect Josh Schweitzer. In 2005, Christina Ricci purchased the home, but ended up selling it a year later.

Novarro house entryway with frosted glass doorNovarro house entryway with frosted glass door

Nestled into the hills of Los Feliz, the 2,690-square-foot house features copper ornamentation along the exterior—along with an impressive oversized street number out front facing the street. Other features include huge windows throughout, a frosted glass entryway, floor-to-ceiling glass doors in the master bedroom, and several balconies shaded by the lush array of surrounding vegetation.

Giant copper house number facing the streetGiant copper house number facing the street

A Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, the home last sold for $3.8 million. Now, it’s back up for grabs with an asking price of $4.295 million.

Novarro house exterior shot showing copper ornamentation and large windowsNovarro house exterior shot showing copper ornamentation and large windows

Novarro house exterior shot showing balcony and walkwayNovarro house exterior shot showing balcony and walkway

Novarro house interior shot showing living area and tall glass windowNovarro house interior shot showing living area and tall glass window

Novarro house master bedroom with doors leading outsideNovarro house master bedroom with doors leading outside

Novarro house exterior showing surrounding vegetationNovarro house exterior showing surrounding vegetation


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