Tour of Lloyd Wright’s 1928 Samuel-Novarro House

Tour of Lloyd Wright’s 1928 Samuel-Novarro House

Tour of Lloyd Wright’s 1928 Samuel-Novarro House

Today we were able to tour one of the true historic architectural gems of Los Angeles- the Lloyd Wright Samuel-Novarro house in the Los Feliz Oaks. It was a treat to walk through this 1928 historical home, with a very interesting history. For more than 85 years, it has been home to a number of celebrities, including Leonard Bernstein, Diane Keaton, Christina Ricci, and the original owner, silent film star Ramon Navarro. It was originally built for Navarro’s assistant, (and reported lover) Louis Samuel… but here’s the kicker: When Ramon Navarro caught Samuel embezzling money from him, reportedly leaving Navarro with only $160, Samuel agreed to turn over ownership of the property to Navarro to pay him back and to avoid prosecution. Navarro was pretty famous at the time, and didn’t want his private life in the press, apparently. The home is on a hillside, and is three stories, with almost every room opening to patios, the pool, and the gardens. It has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths. It has been restored to its original glory by a recent owner. The polished concrete floors throughout the house are great, and all the architectural details are stunning. Not too far away is Lloyd Wright’s Sowden house, where some think the Black Dahlia murder may have occurred. If you would like to see this property, or similar properties on the market, don’t hesitate to email us or give us a call at 323-877-2040. More pics here. Listing courtesy of Aaron Kirman, Hilton &...
Good Reclaimed Hardwood is Hard to Find

Good Reclaimed Hardwood is Hard to Find

We have been trying to find good wood for our new floors, but keep running into outrageous prices… often more than $12 a square foot. Luckily, last week we found Granada Millwork in Pacoima. The mill is huge- you could walk around for hours. Granada Millwork’s showroom displays high end lumber products and offers custom milling, flooring, reclaimed lumber, mouldings and timbers. The selection of reclaimed flooring is endless. The showroom is where Granada’s Mike Long will educate you on all the different options for reclaimed flooring. They have installations on the walls that demonstrate what the finished product will look like. After you’ve made your decision, Mike will walk you to the other end of the mill and show you how the floors are made. It’s amazing to find an operation like this in the Valley.And their prices are great. We found reclaimed Douglas Fir for $3.75 a square foot. They also have flooring installers and an in house furniture maker for that unique dining room table or kitchen backsplash you’ve always envisioned. Mike, a forestry expert, spent half the day discussing different species of wood and different treatments and finishes that are available. It’s a pretty amazing place, and a great find for affordable reclaimed wood. Here is their site:...