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Real Estate & Architecture in Los Angeles

“The Jet Set”

I’m late to this party, but I’ve recently gotten hooked on Mad Men. I’m on Season 3, but I’m still hung up on something that happened in Season 2. In the episode The Jet Set, Don Draper goes to Los Angeles for work and winds up in Palm Springs with a group of wealthy strangers at the most amazing mid-century home. Ever since I saw the episode I’ve been dying to know what house it was…

The Kaufmann House: A Look Back

When we were in Palm Springs last month, we checked out Richard Neutra Kaufmann House, a 1946 glass, steel and stone landmark. Today, I came across an interesting New York Times article from 2007 when the Kaufmann House was up for auction at Christie’s New York. It sold for an astounding $19.1 million, but the sale would later fall out of escrow for unknown reasons. Last year, theKaufmann House was listed slightly below $13 million by Crosby Doe. I believe it is now off the market, and is occupied on alternating weekends by Brent and Beth Harris, who restored the home in the mid-90s. The Kaufmann House has a fascinating history and was hugely influential in shaping post-war Modernism. It also played a part in reviving interest in mid-century homes, thanks in part to the Christie’s auction…