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Hot Property: New owner in the picture at Julius Shulman residence

Author and lecturer Jonah Lehrer has purchased the photographer's Hollywood Hills house and studio for $2.25 million.

December 04, 2010|By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
  • The longtime residence and studio of late architectural photographer Julius Shulman has sold in the Hollywood Hills.
The longtime residence and studio of late architectural photographer… (Skalickyphoto.com )

The Hollywood Hills residence and studio of the late iconic photographer Julius Shulman has sold for $2.25 million.

The Midcentury Modern steel-frame house, built in 1950 and designed by Raphael S. Soriano, is a Los Angeles historic landmark. The 3,382-square-foot house sits on a wooded, flag-shaped lot of nearly an acre. It has original fixtures, cork-paneled entryway and hall, wood-paneled walls and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the living room. Pedestal beds, china cabinets and a bench in the kitchen are among the built-ins. The studio includes a fireplace, bedroom and bathroom for a total of four bedrooms and three bathrooms on the property. There are canyon, mountain and city views.

The buyer is bestselling author and lecturer Jonah Lehrer. His book "How We Decide" has been translated into a dozen languages.

The writer has an affinity for classic design. He plans to live in the house and keep it as it was during Shulman's tenure. Representatives for Lehrer said he will use the studio to write and will leave the darkroom intact.

Samuel Heller, Shulman's nephew and the listing agent from Re/Max Valencia, gave the new owner the photographer's desk.

"I took the red phone he used to chastise people," Heller said in reference to his uncle's no-nonsense attitude in business dealings.

Heller tried to emulate the hospitality and accessibility for which Shulman, whose phone number was always listed, has been known.

"People would call and say there's no way we can afford the house but can we get in to see it?" Heller said. His response: "Absolutely."

No public open houses were held — "He didn't want a herd," Heller said — and the estate accepted the fifth offer it received.

Shulman, who died at age 98 last year, photographed the work of modernist architects starting with Richard Neutra in 1936. Shulman's 1960 image of Pierre Koenig's glass-clad, cantilevered Case Study House No. 22, which appears to hover over the city lights, is often cited among the most famous architectural photos ever taken in the United States.

Shulman's house came on the market a year ago at $2,495,000.

Barry Sloane and Marc Silver of Sotheby's International Realty, Beverly Hills, represented the buyer.

Oil money could find a home here

Actress Linda Evans has listed her house in the Beverly Hills Post Office area for sale at $3,295,000.

The one-story ranch house, built in 1937, sits on a half-acre behind gates and tall hedges — just the ticket for a Denver oil magnate and his wife, perhaps. A main house and a detached guest unit/office have a total of four bedrooms and 51/2 bathrooms in 3,900 square feet of living space. The grounds include a circular motor court, mature trees, lawns, a rose garden and a swimming pool.

Evans, whose series ranged from "The Big Valley" (1965-69) and "Dynasty" (1981-89), is selling because she has relocated to Washington.

Cristie St. James and Markus Canter of Prudential California, Beverly Hills, are the listing agents.

Compound must suit his style

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and his wife, actress Lori Loughlin, have purchased a compound in Beverly Hills for $7.5 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows.

The gated Mediterranean on more than half an acre has a circular driveway and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. More than 10,000 square feet of living space include formal and informal dining rooms, a disco bar, seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Separate structures have been used as a gym and offices. A swimming pool and spa come with a cabana containing changing rooms and bathrooms.

Giannulli, 47, founded the clothing company Mossimo in the '80s. Now owned by the Iconix Brand Group, the apparel line is distributed by Target.

Loughlin, 46, is a regular on "90210" (2008-present). She starred on "Full House" (1988-95).

Lauren Polan of Coldwell Banker, Pacific Palisades, had the listing, and Ron de Salvo of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills' North office, represented Giannulli and Loughlin, according to the MLS.

Time to exit the Hollywood scene

Actress and author Michele Greene has put her home in the Hollywood Dell on the market at $1.05 million.

The classic Spanish-style house was built in 1923 and redone in 2004 with extensive upgrades. Once home to director King Vidor and, later, actress Helen Hayes, the residence retains coved ceilings, arches, expansive windows with original glass and a Batchelder tile fireplace.

On the market for the first time in 20 years, the 1,800-square-foot house includes an eat-in kitchen, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. There are two patios, rose and vegetable gardens, and a roof deck.

Greene, who had a recurring role on "Brothers and Sisters" last year, starred on "L.A. Law" (1986-91) and "The Unit" (2006).

As an author in the young adult book market, she has published novels with Harper Collins and Simon & Schuster. Her latest, "Keep Sweet," is in development at ABC Family.

Greene, 48, is leaving Los Angeles to write her next novel, "Evie on the Street."

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