Designed by Lloyd Wright in 1928 for Hollywood manager Louis Samuel and his wife, the Samuel-Novarro House is a four-level Mayan Revival-inspired Art Deco residence defined by its smooth concrete surfaces and oxidized copper elements. The distinctive home is elegantly integrated into the hillside of The Oaks—an exclusive Los Feliz enclave—and it boasts a storied past full of Hollywood intrigue.
According to the Los Angeles Conservancy, in 1931, silent film star Ramon Novarro learned that Samuel, his manager, was embezzling money from him. Samuel lost the money on the stock market and used it for mortgage payments on his Wright-designed home, so Novarro was able to win ownership of the property in a settlement.
Novarro then commissioned Wright to expand the garden and the interiors, adding a music room, a bedroom suite, and an outdoor pergola. Novarro lived in the residence until the late 1930s. Since then, the home has been meticulously restored in keeping with the architect’s vision and has been home to Hollywood stars such as Diane Keaton and Christina Ricci. Now, the Samuel-Novarro home is back on the market for $4.3M. 2255 Verde Oak Drive is now being listed for $4,295,00 by Juliette Hohnen of Douglas Elliman.
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