Sunday, November 13, 2011

Richard Neutra Troxell House Back-On-Market

766 Paseo Miramar, Pacific Palisades, 90272
One of Richard Neutra's later California residential works built in 1956, 766 Paseo Miramar, 90272 is a fine presentation of quality design and embodiment of the mid-century modern philosophies amongst those architect's of the Post-War era, creating homes with local resources and plenty of craftsmanship.  The Troxell House consists of 4 bedrooms / 2.5 baths in a truly insane floor plan with the interior meeting exterior at every corner.  With over 3,000sf of living space, take advantage of this Palisades home with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.  This Neutra-designed home is currently offered for $3,950,000.
Footsteps away from Topanga State Park, this handsome home blends itself well within nature and it's environment.  Once inside, you are swimming in sunlight with walls AND corners of glass.  Above, rests the tongue-and-groove ceiling treatment and the horizontal redwood beams that support the roof.  From the interior perspective, the ceiling carries a weightlessness as if to rest atop a glass box as you feel the heaviness of the wood above.
Original built-in features such as the banquettes in the Living Room and Dining area, as well as the beautiful library made up of wooden bookshelves and cabinets.  Most modernists were intellectuals who carried a broad literary library.  Neutra and most modernists embraced the mind and often included nooks or rooms with built-in bookshelves for all of the resources in one's contemporary book collection.  I bet there were several books on philosophy sharing the shelf space at some point.
The spacious Dining area provides plenty of room to create a spread.  With the walls of glass, one feels as if dining outdoors.  Integration of the outdoors with the indoor living area was very prevalent in Neutra's body of work.
The open Kitchen area with breakfast bar is a delight to anyone in the kitchen cooking up something tasty.  Notice how the ceiling is continuous throughout this home, even the kitchen exposes the tongue and groove application popular during this style of architecture.
The Master Bedroom is located on the Western wing of the house with views of the ocean and pool area.  The other three bedrooms are separated away from the Master quarters.
The Master suite is overwhelmingly large and expansive; and to my liking!  I am a big fan of corner windows.  There is something truly beautiful in seeing a seamless corner exposed. 
The Master Bath boasts a gorgeous sunken tub and double sink area.  The exposure to the outdoors is private and serene through the large window above the tub.
This photo is a great example of the glass box effect the design has with the glass walls seemingly supporting the structural roof beams.  Is there some correlation here with the Johnson House?  Of course there was.  Both embody the philosophies of modern design.
This happens to be one of my favorite photos of the group.  It shows the continuous thought and flow the house provides.  Look at this view of the Pacific Ocean.  Incredible!  This Pacific Palisades homes overlooks the Queens Necklace.
A view of the back of the house with the pool that seems to be floating from certain perspectives.  I'm ready to lounge!  Neutra's work holds a special place in my heart as it influenced my perspective of modern architecture of the Southern California movement.  Recently, I was involved with working with Dion Neutra, Richard's brother and sometimes collaborator in saving the Kronish House from demolition.  Dion and I were introduced because of my involvement with the Edward H. Fickett, FAIA 1959 designed West Hollywood Library, which did not enjoy a similar fate as the Kronish House.  Dion's dedication to his brother's legacy is endless.  I will always appreciate the collaboration during the 2011 Summer when both were fighting for the sake of mid-century architecture.  There are a lot of wonderful people surrounding and supporting the Neutra legacy. 
Listing courtesy of Judy Feder, H&H.  Photos MLS #11-565909.

If you would like to make an appointment to see this home, please contact me to set something up. 

Steve Ward
Realtor®, SFR®
Mid-Century Modern Architecture Specialist
Keller Williams Realty - Los Feliz
Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource
DRE Lic #01871422
213.305.8537 direct
MODCOM - LA Conservancy Modern Committee

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