Lloyd Wright House Restored by Diane Keaton Back on Market

An internationally renowned Lloyd Wright-designed residence in L.A.’s Los Feliz hills, built in 1928 and known in architecture and real estate circles as the Samuel-Novarro House after its first two occupants, Louis Samuel and film star Ramon Novarro, has popped back up for sale at $3.995 million.

The towering and proudly idiosyncratic Mayan-meets-Art Deco wedding cake-like confection, set uncommonly high on a shoe-shaped promontory in the low-key but most assuredly swank Oaks nabe, was acquired and carefully restored in the early 1990s by Oscar-winning architecture buff Diane Keaton, who sold it in 1996 for an unknown amount.

Christina Ricci snapped it up in 2005, but almost immediately had a costly change of heart, and sold the four-bedroom and four-bathroom tour-de-force about a year later, at a $151,500 loss, for $2,827,500. The buyer and current owner, so we’ve been told, is a design-savvy photographer, fashion designer and scion to an illustrious advertising fortune who’s had the house on and off the market at a variety of prices since late 2011.

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