Samuel-Novarro House

Samuel-Novarro House (Zillow photo)

A historic Hollywood Hills home designed by noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. in 1928 has been put back on the market with a hefty bump in price, according to the Zillow Blog. The Samuel-Novarro House, as it is known, has been re-listed with an asking price of $4.49 million. It was previously put up for sale beginning in late 2011 for six months with an asking price of $4.195 million, but had no takers.

Wright Jr. was the son of perhaps America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. He initially designed the home for the personal assistant of silent-movie actor Ramon Novarro. But when it was later found the assistant, Louis Samuel, was embezzling from Novarro, the actor offered an ultimatum—turn over the home and charges won’t be pressed. He did so and hence the name the Samue-Novarro House.

Wright Jr. did most of his significant work in Los Angeles during the first-half of the 20th century. The listing agent, Aarobn Kirman of Hilton & Hyland, described the property to Zillow.

“It’s a very unique property,” Kirman said. “There is a lot of nice open space, gardens and terraces throughout.”

In recent years, the Samuel-Novarro House has been restored, “keeping the architects original vision intact,” according to the listing. It is located at 2255 Verde Oak Dr. in the exclusive The Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. Several actors of more recent vintage have also owned the home, including Christina Ricci and Diane Keaton. The former owned the home in the 1990’s and recently described the home as beautiful, but Wright Jr.-designed homes may not be the best fit for family’s with young children.

“If you have a family, it’s not as easy to live in a Lloyd Wright house,” Keaton said. “They are beautiful, but they have very, very small bedrooms.”

In addition to its exotic grounds, the Samuel-Novarro Home includes three bedrooms and three bathrooms, intriguing concrete floors and “dramatic windows and skylights.”

Zillow noted the monthly morgtage payment for the home, given 20 percent down on a 30-year fixed mortage rate, would come out to a little over $16,000.