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Real Estate & Architecture in Los Angeles

Samuel-Novarro House In The Oaks


The historic Samuel-Novarro house was built in 1928 by Lloyd Wright for Ramon Novarro’s close friend and business manager, Louis Samuel. The residence changed hands when Novarro (best known for his role in Ben-Hur) discovered Samuel had been embezzling from him and using some of the money to pay his mortgage on the Lloyd Wright home. Novarro took over ownership of the art deco/Mayanesque estate to avoid pressing charges and bringing unwanted attention to his personal life.

The majestic 4-level, 3-bedroom home is built into the side of a hill in the exclusive Oaks neighborhood in Los Feliz. It has been meticulously restored and features sleek concrete floors, dramatic windows, countless architectural details, beautiful outdoor spaces, an enclosed pool and terrace with a jasmine covered walkway.

The incredible home has consistently attracted celebrity owners, including Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Diane Keaton and Christina Ricci.

The home has 2,690 square feet of interior space with central heat and air conditioning and a fireplace in the living room.


It is sited on a 14,840 square foot lot with multiple patios and outdoor areas, beautiful views and a unique enclosed pool area.

This Lloyd Wright home in the Los Feliz Oaks represents a very rare opportunity to own a piece of Hollywood history! If you’d like to see it in person, email me or give me a call at 323-775-6305.

More info and photos of 2255 Verde Oak Dr.

Listing courtesy of Marisa Zanuck and Leyla Blumenfeld, Hilton & Hyland.