Self-taught architect Harry Gesner has always done things his own way. Inspired by a lifelong love for the ocean, the surfer and architect’s memorable designs often convey a deep sense of connection to the water. Case in point: Gesner’s so-called "boathouses" that cantilever over a canyon in the Hollywood Hills. Featuring a distinct, boat-like shape—which was built by Norwegian craftsmen in the late 1950s—one of these rarely available homes is now up for sale.
In a 2012 interview with real estate broker Jimmy Bayan, the now 95-year-old architect described the lots as originally intended for cabins, each with a width of only about 25 feet. Always looking to do something different, "I took the challenge," he said. For the construction, Gesner hired a crew of Norwegian craftsmen who had just moved to L.A. and had prior experience in the traditional styles of Nordic woodworking. "They loved the idea of raising the beams and working with hand axes," said Gesner. "I was amazed at how they worked."
Freshly renovated, this particular boathouse features new bamboo flooring and finishes throughout the interior, along with a rebuilt deck and reinforced structure. The 1,136-square-foot home features two bedrooms and one bathroom spread out across two levels. The central location also offers easy access to the highway, and several hiking trails are within walking distance. Keep scrolling to see more of the unique property, currently listed for $920,000.
7031 Woodrow Wilson Drive in Los Angeles, California, is currently listed for $920,000 by Jonathan Ruiz and Jessica Koltsov of The Agency.
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