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2209 Daladier Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes


Now on the market for the very first time: The John Rados Residence, 1957, Richard Neutra, FAIA.

Fifty years after his family fled the Austro-Hungarian Empire, prolific shipbuilder John Rados purchased a large, hillside lot overlooking the Port of Los Angeles and his beloved company, Harbor Boat Building.

Located at the end of a long, private driveway, the unassuming façade of the Rados House hides its greatest secret: it is one of the largest Neutra-designed houses in the United States.

For Rados, Neutra’s designs embodied postwar unpretentiousness, technological advances, and adaptability to a newly redefined world.

Massive mahogany marine-grade wood beams, terrazzo floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors define the character of the immense space.

Beyond the stone wall and slatted wood siding, over 4,000 square feet of living space has been carefully carved into the hillside.

Three bedrooms, four bathrooms, living room, television room, two dining rooms, and a downstairs family room with a full bar add to the laissez-faire informalities of the idealized postwar housing experience.

Multiple points access the oversized swimming pool and broad deck including an early, somewhat whimsical, exercise in adaptive reuse: a repurposed porthole window and door appropriated from a ship Rados’ company was building.

The hillside setting captures a 270-degree view of the entire Los Angeles basin with vistas of the San Gabriel and San Jacinto Mountains as well as Dana Point appearing in the foreground.

See this home in person!

Listing courtesy of Matthew Berkley, Mike Deasy & George Penner, Deasy Penner Podley.

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