Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1926 Sowden House has returned to the market after a $2 million facelift for $4.2 million. Declared a Los Angeles historic-cultural monument, this 4 bedroom 5-1/2 bath home boast of 5600 sq ft of living space, a separate 861 sq ft building (permitted for a studio/garage), and can accommodate up to 8 vehicles for off-street parking.
Named the Sowden House after the original owners John and Ruth Sowden, this home was purchased and renovated by designer Xorin Balbes. Many features of this Mayan inspired structure have been tastefully updated yet kept true to its original architectural style. The original cooper gates remain at the front of the house and rest just above the entrance steps. The vanity and backsplash in the entry power room features a stepped designed inspired by a Mayan pyramid-styled roofline. Some of the concrete pylon fountains were replaced by 8-foot gas torchieres fabricated from welded steel and chunks of colored cast resin. Much of the interior lighting was replaced with vintage fixtures and exterior stonework was restored.
Previously sold in 2001 for 1.2 million, this house has hosted numerous photo and television shoots, fundraisers for Project Angel Food, L.A. Youth Network, and the L.A. Police Foundation.
Now focusing on a project in Maui, Balbes said “My heart and soul is wrapped up in the Sowden House, but I know it’s time to pass it on to someone very special.” Located at 5121 Franklin Avenue this backs up to the Los Feliz hills.