Noted Los Angeles architect Harry Gesner’s Stebel House, a Hollywood Hills residential landmark dating to 1961, came to the open market this fall priced at $1.997 million, and vanished in less than two weeks. The house is currently in pending status.
The striking modernist house features exterior architecture that emphasizes geometric motifs and suggestions of flight; its design could be influenced by Wright’s Boomer House. Its cerebral feel is more bohemian, however, and the stained wood clapboard exterior and stained glass panel are potent period expressions.
Inside, the 2,500 sq. ft. house is modern, modern, modern, with plentiful light and a shared living area that emphasizes the importance of social interaction; the sunken conversation lounge on the second floor is the gem of the home, with a wet bar and a red brick fireplace the finishing touches, and forest views stimulating debate about the new work by Marcuse.
Earlier this year, another, no-less-striking example of Gesner’s masterpieces went on the market. The property, dubbed Ravenseye, was listed in Malibu for $14 million. It’s currently on the market for $12 million.