If this distinctive Modernist home sounds familiar high in the hills of the San Fernando Valley, you might be a fan of Elle King, the short-lived TV series “American Woman” or simply Californian Mid-Century Modern Architecture. This residence, based on three 12-sided structures, plays a prominent role in all three.
Now the iconic Lewis Estate in the hills of Encino is on the market for $ 8,495,000, waiting for a new owner to write the next chapter in its illustrious history.
The celebrity history of the Lewis Estate began when it was built by in 1972 Joby and Helen Lewis, the owners and operators of the legendary casino and nightclub Cal-Vada Lodge in Lake Tahoe. Her interest in various Hollywood nightclubs and liquor stores in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s brought her to the Los Angeles area.
They went on to hire the renowned mid-century modern architect Donald G. Park to build the unique house, which consisted of two twelve-sided or 12-sided structures connected by a glass pavilion. A third, separate guest house, also a dodecagon, was later added to the site.
The modern mid-century Lewis Estate in Encino, CA.
Connecting glass pavilion
The Lewis Estate remained in the family until 2011 after Joby and Helen’s deaths. It launched for $ 2.9 million and eventually sold to the art and architecture expert couple for $ 1,887,500 Peter and Shannon Loughrey. The Loughreys were careful to maintain the original charm and integrity of the mid-century residence with the strategic (and subtle) addition of some modern amenities.
Today, it’s a remarkable six-bedroom, six-bathroom entertainer’s haven, sprawling over 1.3 acres with views of the glittering San Fernando Valley below.
Look at the three structures
The three rotundas cover 6,811 square meters of living space and all have high, wood-paneled ceilings that are typical of the classic post-and-beam era.
Wet bar under paneled ceilings
Floor-to-ceiling glass walls dominate the main house, and most of the walls, even in the bathrooms, are curved. The two bedroom guest house was a more recent addition.
Bathroom with antique accents in lime green
A real vintage highlight, however, is the high rotunda. The spacious area has a sunken living room, dining area and kitchen.
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Sunken living room
Much of the original furnishings have been meticulously preserved, including the clear spherical hanging lamps, the pebble-lined walls, the remarkable sunburst brass front doors, and the rosewood detailing that can be found throughout the house.
With its pebble terrace, pool, spa and fireplace, the backyard also retains its retro feel. You won’t find many pools that still have diving boards or those curved aluminum handrails to help you get out.
Back yard with pool, spa and fire pit
All of these meticulously manicured retro features make the Lewis Estate a historic paradise for production companies.
At the Loughreys’ watch, several Hollywood location scouts knocked on her door. Her home was in 2015 in the TV series “Aquarius” and in 2017 in “Snowfall” Feldstein cap Breakout film “Booksmart” in 2019.
It was unmistakably the set for Elle King‘s video “Shame” from 2018.
It also served as the primary residence in several episodes of the 2018 television series “American Woman,” a 1975 historical comedy loosely based on the formative years of one of the cast of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Kyle Richards, and starring Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari. You will see the distinctive dwelling all over the trailer for the series below.
At $ 1,247 per square foot, the price on the Lewis Estate is significantly higher than the average list price in Encino, which is $ 595 per square foot.
But the property is way outside the norm. For starters it has a large lot with a view and location on a hill. Then there’s the vintage look and pristine condition. Add to this its popularity as a set for film and television productions, and there is no telling what price it might bring.
The contribution Magnificent Dodecagons! Lewis Estate of Encino, CA, is listed for $ 8.5 million and first appeared in Real Estate News & Insights | realtor.com®.
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