Richard Neutra-Designed Home with Hollywood History Lists for $15M
If there was ever a property that perfectly married Hollywood glamour with modernist architecture, it would be the Sten-Frenke House in Santa Monica. Designed by visionary modernist architect Richard Neutra back in 1934, it was restored to Neutra’s magnificent design by noted architectural experts at Marmol Radziner and then by Mark Haddawy and Dave Binder.
Custom-built for actress Anna Sten and Eugene Frenke, it was commissioned to impress the Hollywood elite and to showcase the lovely Ukrainian-born Sten as she entered the American movie scene. Touted as the next Greta Garbo, Sten never quite fulfilled the promise, but the three-bedroom home more than exceeded all expectations. To this day, the property is still deeply tied to the film industry since its current owner is none other than director Marc Forster.
Representing Neutra at his best, the home’s natural light is extravagant thanks to continuous ribbons of glass that also display gorgeous ocean views. The main house has a large living room with wraparound windows, an ovular dining room that extends into the garden, a master suite with dreamy vistas, and three bedrooms. The guest house has two more bedrooms and a hot yoga room.
Most recently, the globally renowned firm of Johnston Marklee was brought in by the filmmaking seller to design a creative work studio along with additional guest accommodations. The new structures harmonize with and elevate Neutra’s Sten-Frenke House.
Billy Rose of The Agency has the listing that holds impeccable architecture credentials, from its inception to now.