The Ennis house is now for sale co-listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and Hilton & Hyland. The buyer will certainly have a tremendous appreciation for architecture and find value in the architectural significance of this property to justify the acquisition. Known by some as the Ennis-Brown House, it is one of the most well-known architectural masterpieces of the 1920s designed by Frank Loyd Wright.
The Ennis House showcases extraordinary views from downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean and exquisite ornamentation you can get lost in.
The Ennis House is currently priced at $23,000,000 as a result of the extensive renovations completed by owner Ronald W. Burkle. It is the last and final of four similarly designed interlocking textile block residences around Los Angeles including La Miniatura in Pasadena, The Storer Residence, and The Freeman House in the Hollywood Hills. The textile blocks were inspired by Maya Temples and the style, therefore, referred to by some as Mayan Revival architecture. The Ennis House can be interestingly compared and contrasted with The Aline Barnsdall Hollyhock House in Hollywood.
The interlocking concrete blocks were created from decomposed granite on site and can be explored inside and outside the home.
Offered at $23,000,000 this work of art comes fully furnished. Similar to many of Wright's commissions, the furniture is thoughtfully incorporated into the design and enhances the overall experience for its occupants.
Frank Loyd Wright designed the Ennis House in 1923, it was then constructed by his son Loyd Wright in 1924. Because of original high costs, Charles Ennis and his wife Mabel, managed the building process themselves late during construction. After taking over they may have deviated from Wright's original design.
The house was eventually transferred to John Nesbitt who hired Wright to renovate the property in the 1940s. Wright converted a basement storage area into a billiards room and designed a swimming pool at the north terrace. Views from the terraces extend unobstructed from downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean.
Not interested in purchasing at the $23,000,000 asking price? That's okay, Marc Anthony Davila encourages you just to make your best offer. Before the most recent renovation, it was sold in 2011 for $4,500,000. When it was listed in 2009, the original list price was set at $15,000,000. Huge price reductions followed and as the final price was recorded at $4,500,000.
If you would like to discuss purchasing The Ennis House with Marc Anthony Davila, be sure to ask about a possible deed restriction that allows the public to view the property for 12 days each year.
The Ennis House was included on a historic preservation list in 2005 listing it as one of America's 11 Most Endangered Places. Heavy rains and the Northridge earthquake may have damaged the property over the years before its most recent renovation. The unique textile block design may have had structural instability even before its completion.
In addition to the homes great architectural history, it has been featured in many movies such as Blade Runner (1982), Rush Hour (1998), The Karate Kid Part III (1989), and many many more including Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003).
Marc Anthony Davila is not a structural engineer. All opinions made in this article are not the representation of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage or Marc Anthony Davila. Each buyer is advised to complete their own independent investigation when purchasing any property and consult directly with a licensed structural engineer and/or home inspector when purchasing and/or making offers on a property.