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La Miniatura
La Miniatura
  • Location: Pasadena, Calif.
  • Asking price: $4.495 million

This home, on just under an acre in Pasadena, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Built in 1924, it's known as "La Miniatura," or "the Millard House," and was commissioned by the late Alice Millard.

The first of several "textile block" homes by Wright, it's "one of the 12 most significant landmarks in Los Angeles," according to the L.A. chapter of the American Institute of Architects -- and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The house is built into a ravine, surrounded by trees and gardens. "(Wright's) idea is that this house grows out of the earth -- that it's as much a part of nature and created by nature," says Crosby Doe, owner of Crosby Doe Associates Inc., which is listing the house.

Living areas and bedrooms overlook gardens or green spaces. The dining room opens to an Asian garden with a lily pond -- which is also visible from the two-story living room, Doe says.

The 4,230-square-foot home has three bedrooms, plus a maid's quarters, Doe says. And the 1920s kitchen was recently updated with wood countertops and a stainless double range, he says.

There is also a formal garden with a manicured lawn "for staging parties," says Doe.


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