Lloyd Wright's Iconic Samuel-Novarro House Lists For $4.3M

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
The Mayan Revival-style home designed by the son of Frank Lloyd Wright was once home to Diane Keaton, and later Christina Ricci.

Designed by Lloyd Wright in 1928 for Hollywood manager Louis Samuel and his wife, the Samuel-Novarro House is a four-level Mayan Revival-inspired Art Deco residence defined by its smooth concrete surfaces and oxidized copper elements. The distinctive home is elegantly integrated into the hillside of The Oaks—an exclusive Los Feliz enclave—and it boasts a storied past full of Hollywood intrigue. 

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A street view of the Samuel-Novarro House by Lloyd Wright.

A street view of the Samuel-Novarro House by Lloyd Wright.

The residence is perfectly integrated into the adjacent hillside. 

The residence is perfectly integrated into the adjacent hillside. 

According to the Los Angeles Conservancy, in 1931, silent film star Ramon Novarro learned that Samuel, his manager, was embezzling money from him. Samuel lost the money on the stock market and used it for mortgage payments on his Wright-designed home, so Novarro was able to win ownership of the property in a settlement.

Novarro then commissioned Wright to expand the garden and the interiors, adding a music room, a bedroom suite, and an outdoor pergola. Novarro lived in the residence until the late 1930s. Since then, the property has been meticulously restored by Justin Krzyston in keeping with the architect's vision, and it has been home to Hollywood stars such as Diane Keaton and Christina Ricci. Now, the Samuel-Novarro home is back on the market—scroll ahead for a look inside this historic property. 

The four-level, 2,690-square-foot home's oxidized copper elements almost blend into the surrounding greenery.

The four-level, 2,690-square-foot home's oxidized copper elements almost blend into the surrounding greenery.

A view of the pool and a rooftop deck which overlooks the outdoor space. 

A view of the pool and a rooftop deck which overlooks the outdoor space. 

A sitting room is located just off the pool. 

A sitting room is located just off the pool. 

The lower level has a long, open living space which extends from the dining area out towards the pool. Here is a view from the living room towards the pool.

The lower level has a long, open living space which extends from the dining area out towards the pool. Here is a view from the living room towards the pool.

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The updated living room is in keeping with the architect's original vision. 

The updated living room is in keeping with the architect's original vision. 

The opposite view of the living room. 

The opposite view of the living room. 

The view from the dining room. 

The view from the dining room. 

The dining room. 

The dining room. 

The updated kitchen features high-end appliances.

The updated kitchen features high-end appliances.

The home has three bedrooms and three baths. This bedroom features full-height doors leading to an outdoor terrace. 

The home has three bedrooms and three baths. This bedroom features full-height doors leading to an outdoor terrace. 

A cool corridor with built-in storage. 

A cool corridor with built-in storage. 

A bedroom with matching built-ins. 

A bedroom with matching built-ins. 

One of the home's three bathrooms. 

One of the home's three bathrooms. 

The Samuel-Novarro home's distinctive facade.

The Samuel-Novarro home's distinctive facade.

A street view of 2255 Verde Oak Drive. 

A street view of 2255 Verde Oak Drive. 

2255 Verde Oak Drive is now being listed for $4,295,00 by Juliette Hohnen of Douglas Elliman.

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