LA’s iconic 1959 Banta House asks $2.5M

Give me a glass box on stilts topped by a folded plate roof and I’m always the happiest man in the room—what more could one need than endless vistas, sharp façade, clean-cut lines and boundaries? This home, daring gravity to pull it down the hillside, is supported via a series of trusses and support beams, allowing it to almost floating along the hillside, creating a wonderful juxtaposition between natural and manmade forms, a hallmark of midcentury design and aesthetics.

Once up and off the winding, narrow street, you are welcomed into an intimate courtyard allowing you vistas of the interiors and views beyond through the massive plate glass walls even before reaching the front door. The signature roof line undulating, spiking, nadiring, allows for the most interesting design conversation with the blue, blue Los Angeles sky, turning shades of orange, pink, and purple as the evening and smog return, day after day, year after year.

The interiors of the Banta House continue this tactile interaction as the folded plate roofline continues indoors, allowing for a more meaningful interaction between the human-scaled two bedroom home and the endless vistas below through the creates of clerestory windows and intricate sightlines.

The bedrooms, sparse, airy spaces, create intimate spaces within the seemingly endless home, almost a mediation in the sensory overload that is this home’s view.

The rear façade, hanging off the hillside, is a striking feat of mid-century architecture and engineering. The home, currently a single level, could be expanded to three with the included plans and permits, yet, wouldn’t this addition disturb the simple, beautiful austerity of its lines instead of joining the ranks of Los Angeles’ burgeoning ranks of billionaire spec houses built of concrete and glass?

The below images offer a glimpse into the homes storied architectural past, and a look into its possible future.

2081 Sunset Plaza Drive is advertised for sale as-is or with “approved plans for a 3,300 sq. ft. addition designed to pay homage to the original house. Plans incorporate Banta’s signature pleated roof, floor-to-ceiling glass sliders, classic post-and-beam design, & iconic red stilts that remain as a statement across the 14′ wall of glass on the second level. Permits have been pulled. Construction bids begin at $1.3M and are available for review” and would allow for 4 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms within the main residence, which is situated on a steep 5,631 square foot. The home is listed courtesy of Julia Delorme with Sotheby’s International Realty for $2,495,000.

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