Cruise alongside California’s Pacific Coast Freeway, by means of celebrity-rich Malibu, lookup, and it’s laborious to overlook this jaw-dropping architectural gem perched excessive on the hillside.
Designed by the “Maverick of Malibu,” legendary modernistic architect Harry Gesner, Ravenseye grabs your consideration with its curvy roof, towering 30-foot-tall home windows set in surfboard-inspired frames, and imposing wood flying buttresses.
Gesner created the home in 1997 for American playwright Jerome Lawrence after Lawrence misplaced his house within the devastating 1993 Outdated Topanga hearth north-east of Malibu.
The self-taught architect—he’s a still-dashing 96-year-old—was on the top of his profession when he designed the house. The architect had simply accomplished the long-lasting Wave Home on Malibu’s Nicholas Canyon Seashore in 1957—it’s mentioned to have impressed the Sydney Opera Home—and the Flying Wing Home within the Hollywood Hills in 1975.
Legend has it that Gesner sketched the polarizing form of Ravenseye with a grease pencil whereas straddling his beloved surfboard simply off Malibu’s Las Flores Seashore, trying up on the empty homesite.
Sitting on a wooded one-acre lot, the home was constructed utilizing steel-wire panels sprayed with concrete to resist hearth and earthquakes, with help from these wood buttresses set deep in large concrete blocks.
After Lawrence’s loss of life in 2004 and the home having fallen into semi-disrepair, it was bought in 2008 by British businessman and present proprietor Gavin Cain for $3.9 million. Wanting to revive it to its former glory, Cain commissioned Harry Gesner himself to supervise a serious makeover.
“It was in fairly dangerous form with a few of the key design options fully modified,” itemizing dealer Dustin Nicholas, of The Nicholas Property Group tells Robb Report.
“The proprietor needed the outside introduced again to unique and the inside modernized, and Mr. Gesner agreed to assist. I feel it was one of many architect’s final main initiatives,” explains Nicholas.
Flip off Pacific Coast Freeway on to Las Flores Canyon Highway, climb the hill and take a proper on to Las Flores Mesa Drive, and a driveway leads as much as the Ravenseye’s dramatic entrance entrance.
Arched wood beams, formed to resemble the front-end of a surfboard, result in the house’s grotto-like entry with its rustic wood entrance door. The door opens on to a stone-tiled mezzanine ground with its sensational,180-degree views of the crashing Pacific and the Malibu shoreline.
A grand, steel-balustraded staircase leads down into an unlimited nice room beneath. Highlights embrace that 30-foot-high curved wall of glass, the hovering, vaulted wood ceiling, and an enormous, arched brick fire.
“The realm the place the grand piano sits now could be the place the Rolling Stones reportedly did a jam session throughout one of many many wild events held at Ravenseye,” says Dustin Nicholas.
The house itself covers 4,170 square-feet and at the moment has three bedrooms and three bogs. The breezy kitchen, which was enlarged and modernized in the course of the Gesner makeover, includes a poured-concrete sink and commercial-grade home equipment.
Doorways from the good room lead out to expanses of wood decks and patios designed with entertaining in thoughts. There’s a bar space on one facet, a lined sun-lounging space, and a pool and sizzling tub with steps main right down to a hidden-away outside bathe.
Then there’s that shiny 1957 Airstream trailer parked by the pool. Nicholas says the proprietor had it craned into place in the course of the renovation so as to add to the modernist vibe of the house. At present it’s getting used for pool tools storage, however might simply be transformed into an additional bed room, children’ playroom or funky meals truck. And sure, it’s included within the sale.
Speaking of sale, the house was initially listed again in 2019 for $14 million, however with no takers, it went into the rental market, being leased for as a lot as $40,000 a month. Now it’s again on the market at what Nicholas calls a “extra practical” $9.5 million.
“This can be a once-in-a-lifetime alternative for somebody to accumulate what should be probably the most distinctive, most architecturally-significant property on the market in Malibu proper now,” he provides.
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