Pierre Koenig’s Final Mid-Century Masterpiece
Pierre Koenig was one of the most iconic architects of the mid-century modern movement, which focused on functional designs, harmony with nature, geometric lines, and the use of steel and glass. The San Francisco native created some of the most striking homes in Southern California during his storied career. A graduate of USC, he taught at that University’s School of Architecture from 1964 until he died in 2004, influencing countless young architects. He designed two of the most photographed homes in the world as part of Arts & Architecture magazine’s Case Study program, the Stahl House (Case Study #22) with its panoramic views of Los Angeles and stunning steel-and-glass construction, and the Bailey House (Case Study #21B), a classic example of a modernist family home. Koenig’s final project, a gorgeous geometric home in Santa Monica known as the Schwartz House, has been listed for sale at $4.55 million.Must SeeTop 10 Florida Condos For Sale
More like a work of art than a typical house, the rare historic home sits atop four structural steel columns, designed to minimize the home’s ecological impact and promote a harmonious relationship with nature. The residence’s rotated design is focused on southern exposure and capturing the sea breezes to conserve energy but also offers an attention-getting look. Stark lines, black-steel framing, galvanized wall panels, and floor-to-ceiling glass provide the classic mid-century modern aesthetic for which Koenig is so famous.
The 2,380-square-foot home’s interiors are warm and inviting, offering a breezy, beautiful style. Blonde hardwoods and white walls complement the walls of glass and open floor plan that connects the spacious kitchen, dining, and living spaces. Four bedrooms, three baths, and a guest suite with its own entrance offer plenty of room for family, or space for a home office or gym. A spiral staircase with yellow metal steps connects the three stories in an iconic modern style. A recent renovation updated the property with a new roof, refinished floors, and all new appliances while maintaining the look and spirit of the original home. A covered patio beneath the steel columns offers shade for lounging, while mature trees ring the yard. With only two owners since its original commission, the home has been carefully maintained. With its pedigree and condition, the Schwartz House is a good candidate for registration as a historic landmark.
The home is located in a fantastic part of Santa Monica, only half a mile from top-rated Ginger Rogers Beach and Rustic Canyon Park. Santa Monica’s bustling downtown, plus numerous great beaches along the Pacific Coast, are only a short drive away. Over 30 Michelin-starred restaurants and numerous trendy boutiques are located within Santa Monica’s city limits, with everything LA has to offer accessible via freeway. A combination of exclusivity and convenience makes the beachside city hugely popular with celebrities with Tom Cruise, Tobey Maguire, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Bruno Mars just a few of the notable neighbors.
The listing is held by Brian Linder at Compass.
Photos by Cameron Carothers.