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2138 Micheltorena Street in Silver Lake


Best seen from Silver Lake Boulevard, across the reservoir, the Reiner-Burchiill Residence, Silvertop, is to Los Angeles’ residential architecture as Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal is to New York City.  Commissioned by industrialist and engineer Kenneth Reiner as his home, Silvertop was John Lautner’s, F.A.I.A, first major use of monolithic concrete as a sculptural as well as an architectural component. It was completed in 1963, after nearly seven years of construction.

Perched out of view atop a hill the residence is accessed by a sweeping concrete driveway, amid mature trees and tailored landscaping.

The organic modern house features a huge, arching concrete roof over a wall of glass opening the interior to expansive views. Adjacent to the living room is a separate music room with access to the pool and gardens.

Three bedrooms are privately set back from the main public areas of the home just past the kitchen.  The master bedroom features a wood burning fireplace, floor to ceiling windows with louvered wood panels, a spacious dressing room area and naturally lit bathroom. The two other bedrooms share a jack and jill bathroom and enjoy views to the planted garden areas. The residence has been well maintained and features all of its original details.

Encompassing 4,721 square feet, the main residence includes a library, study, carport and tennis court.  Just past the carport, the satellite like structure overlooking the tennis courts is the guest house which includes an open plan living/ dining area, separate bedroom and bathroom, a darkroom, as well as a workshop area.

Ahead of its time in so many ways, this residence features one of the first infinity pools. The cantilevered pool seems to flow directly into Silver Lake Reservoir far below.  Thoughtful design includes two dressing rooms and a bathroom with direct access to the pool area.

The curving home embraces views of the San Gabriel Mountains, Silver Lake, downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign and all the way west to the ocean.  The site encompasses over 6 contiguous lots which comprise approximately 1.26 acres.

On the market for the first time in 40 years, this is a rare opportunity to own a highly sought after home designed by renowned Architect, John Lautner.

An additional contiguous vacant lot fronting on Redcliff is also available for $500,000

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Listing courtesy of Crosby Doe, Crosby Doe Associates, Inc.

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