Real Estate Envy: 10 Iconic Homes

by Alex Ronan

While different styles go in and out of favor, the architectural greats aren't going anywhere. Better yet, homes by designers like Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe regularly come on the market. We asked Alex Brunkhorst, LA-based agent and founder of Bungalux, to give us the scoop on available homes with timeless appeal, so let the browsing begin. If we could actually get work done pool-side in Palm Springs, we might put in an offer.

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  • MODERNIST MASTERPIECE
  • Architect: Michael Palladino
  • Location: Santa Ynez, California
  • Price: $12,900,000
  • Listing Type: Single Family
  • Beds/baths: 5/5.2
  • Amazing amenity: Eight-stall equestrian stable and olive orchard.
  • Professional opinion: Maybe you haven't heard of Michael Palladino, but we guarantee architecture aficionados have. Why? Palladino works with the fabulous Richard Meier and is making a huge name for himself in the residential universe.
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  • PRARIE-STYLE IN ILLINOIS
  • Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Location: La Grange, Illinois
  • Price: $699,000
  • Listing Type: Single Family
  • Beds/baths: 4/2
  • Year Built: 1907
  • Amazing amenity: That porch, enough said.
  • Professional opinion: One of the most famous architects of all time for under $700,000? Done and done.
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  • THE WOLFF HOUSE
  • Architect: John Lautner
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Price: $7,995,000
  • Listing Type: Single Family
  • Beds/baths: 4/4
  • Year Built: 1961
  • Amazing amenity: Expansive views of Los Angeles.
  • Professional opinion: Put simply, The Wolff House is one of the icons of residential architecture.
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  • UPDATED ORIGINAL
  • Architect: Wallace Neff (Renovation by Jeff Lewis)
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Price: $2,995,000
  • Listing Type: Single Family
  • Beds/baths: 3/3.5
  • Year Built: 1937
  • Amazing amenity: Custom hand cut & laid marble flooring.
  • Professional opinion: Here's a two-for-one. You get a Wallace Neff designed house recently remodeled by Jeff Lewis of Flipping Out. It's perfect for pedigree-lovers (and name-droppers).
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  • REGAL RETREAT
  • Architect: David Adler
  • Location: Hillsborough, California
  • Price: $26,000,000
  • Listing Type: Single Family
  • Beds/baths: 12/12
  • Year Built: 1929
  • Amazing amenity: 35,000 square feet of lavish historical luxury.
  • Professional opinion: David Adler is one of my favorite architects ever. Many of his projects were in the Midwest, but here's a rare West Coaster.
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  • MIDCENTURY MASTERPIECE
  • Architect: Mies van der Rohe
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Price: $749,000
  • Listing Type: Condo
  • Beds/baths: 2/1
  • Year Built: 1951
  • Amazing amenity: Stylish built-ins and great views of Lake Michigan.
  • Professional opinion: This is truly a jaw-dropper. A great building in a city full of 'em.
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  • HISTORIC NEW YORK BROWNSTONE
  • Architect: Redesigned by Steven Harris
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Price: $28,000,000
  • Listing Type: Townhouse
  • Beds/baths: 5
  • Year Built: 1860
  • Amazing amenity: Japanese soak tub and outdoor shower on the private rooftop terrace.
  • Professional opinion: The renovation on this one was done by AD100 architect/designer Steven Harris and it has the perfect combo of old and new.
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  • SPANISH STYLE ESTATE
  • Architect: Addison Mizner
  • Location: Palm Beach, Florida
  • Price: $8,950,000
  • Listing Type: Single Family
  • Beds/baths: 8/5.1
  • Year Built: 1920
  • Amazing amenity: Several-hundred-year-old Tunisian tile floor in the entrance foyer. Grand ballroom with stenciled pecky cypress ceiling.
  • Professional opinion: Addison Mizner is one of my favorite early 20th century architects. This house was originally designed for Elizabeth Hope Gammell Slater, the richest woman in America in 1920.
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  • WASHINGTON D.C. MANSE
  • Architect: Clark Waggaman
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Price: $9,995,000
  • Listing Type: Townhouse
  • Beds/baths: 8/9.2
  • Year Built: 1911
  • Amazing amenity: Many details hail from the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Professional opinion: This one has chic political fundraiser written all over it.
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  • PALM SPRINGS OASIS
  • Architect: William Kriesel
  • Location: Palm Springs, California
  • Price: $619,000
  • Listing Type: Single Family
  • Beds/baths: 4/3
  • Year Built: 1959
  • Amazing amenity: Pool with expansive mountain views.
  • Professional opinion: Ah, Palm Springs. It's got some of the most affordable architectural gems.
  bungalux Photographs: Courtesy Bungalux

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