House of the Week: Architectural Triplex in Hollywood Hills

2122 N Gower St, Los Angeles CA
For sale: $1.2 million

A home redesigned by an acclaimed architect is a find in itself, but a home with works by two influential architects is much rarer.

This Hollywood Hills home for sale is made of up three distinct units, one designed by architect Richard Neutra and another by Paul Hoag.

The Rajagopal family bought the home in 1933. Owner Rosalind Rajagopal was in particular connected to the scene of architects, artists and celebrities in Los Angeles. A founding member of the Happy Valley School in Ojai, Rajagopal met Neutra early on in his career. She hired him to do an upper addition to the original Spanish-style 2-bedroom, 1-bath home in 1934.

“It’s very efficient and modern, and ahead of its time for the early ’30s,” said real estate agent Patricia Ruben, who shares the listing with agent Robert Kallick.

“It feels much bigger than it is, and no one was really doing that. That’s what modern is about, and the whole living room is a wall of windows,” added Kallick.

Later on, Hoag was hired to add on another unit that, like the Neutra addition, practices form and function of space.

The end result is an architectural gem that truly is a trophy property, says Ruben.

Hidden in Beachwood Canyon in the heart of Hollywood Hills, the home has stayed under the radar for years as a rented triplex. Now that it’s on the market, Ruben and Kallick say they’ve had a lot of interest, especially from celebrities looking to add to their real estate collection.

But Ruben is most excited about the chance to market a home like this.

“You can buy and sell lots of properties, but when you get a gift like this, it’s extraordinary,” she said.

According to Zillow’s mortgage calculator, a monthly payment on the home would be $4,227, assuming a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year mortgage.

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