Richard Neutra’s Modern Architectural Masterpiece Is on the Market for $18 Million—Anyone?

Take a peek inside the historic Bailey House.

Photo: The Agency.
Photo: The Agency.

Photo: The Agency.

A Richard Neutra house belonging to the late Simpsons creator Sam Simon has hit the market in Los Angeles with an $18 million asking price. The Bailey House (aka Case Study House #20) sits on the Simon estate as a counterpart to the LEED certified four-bedroom contemporary “main house.”

Neutra is considered the most significant of the mid-century modern architects, and spent for the majority of his career working in Southern California.

Photo: The Agency.

Photo: The Agency.

He was born in Vienna, and educated in Switzerland under landscape architect Gustav Ammann. After moving to the US, he worked briefly for Frank Lloyd Wright, and was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s seminal 1932 exhibition on modern architecture.

While 34 Case Study Houses were designed, 24 were actually constructed and only 21 remain standing.

In order to preserve the building’s Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument status, Simon worked with master architects and restoration specialists to renovate the structure. Between the Bailey house and the main home, which was constructed in 2010, the estate boasts five bedrooms and nine baths and is built on 8,959 square feet of land.

Photo: The Agency.

Photo: The Agency.

Images from the house, available via The Agency Real Estate, betray Simon’s love of art. A Dale Chihuly hanging glass chandelier and a Robert Indiana “Love” sculpture are both easily identifiable.

Meanwhile, the living room of the Bailey house is a throwback to the ’70s, when shades of pea green and orange were all the rage, which may be all the better to match the sweeping, palm tree-laden views visible through the impressive glass wall.


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