John Lautner's Stevens House for Sale

Living Room: John Lautner’s Stevens House

Photo Courtesy of Cory Weiss The 3,366-square-foot home was built in 1967 using wood, glass and concrete. The current owner – film producer Michael LaFetra – thoroughly restored the residence and enhanced its sustainability. Situated on 37 feet of sandy beach in Malibu, Calif., this home was designed by noted architect John Lautner to resemble the nearby ocean waves.

If you liked Bob Hope’s futuristic “volcano” house in Palm Springs, here’s another place that should strike your fancy. Designed by John Lautner – the architect behind Hope’s ultra-modern abode – the Stevens House boasts a stunning design meant to resemble its surrounding oceanic scenery.

Back when the house was conceived in the '60s, Dan Stevens interviewed a number of famous architects to design a five-bedroom, five-bathroom house with a pool on a 90′ x 37′ lot beach side lot.  All but John Lautner said it was impossible.  Lautner accomplished all of Stevens’ requirements by designing a structure utilizing 14 I-steel beams that support two curving walls in reverse positions. The result is a dramatic home that mimics the shape of an ocean wave. Lautner’s first design in Malibu, the home is now a California State Cultural Landmark.

Current owner Michael LaFetra (a film producer and modern architecture enthusiast) carefully restored the home, which, according to Curbed, had been “shabby-chiced” with white-painted concrete and French chandeliers. Updates included replacing all cedar planking, restoring the concrete and enhancing the home’s sustainability with cork flooring and solar energy.

LeFetra has committed to restoration of homes built by some of L.A.'s most noted architects. His long series of significant restorative projects includes: John Lautner’s Wolf, Rawlins and Stevens Houses, a Neutra remodel in the Hollywood Hills, Pierre Koenig’s CSH #21 & LaFetra Beach House and a 1920s Mediterranean by Paul Williams – among others.

About the House

Deck: John Lautner’s Stevens House
  • Location: Malibu Colony in Malibu, Calif.
  • Listed By: Cory Weiss of Partners Trust Real Estate Brokerage
  • Price: $22,000,000




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