Raphael Soriano-Designed Modernist Mecca Lists in Los Feliz

Nathan Law

Crafted by noted modernist architect Raphael Soriano, this fetching midcentury home was commissioned by surgeon Louis Gogol and his wife Bessie way back in 1939. Aptly known as the Gogol House, the International Bauhaus-style dwelling often is referred to as “the purest example of Soriano’s early work”; and it’s now […]

Crafted by noted modernist architect Raphael Soriano, this fetching midcentury home was commissioned by surgeon Louis Gogol and his wife Bessie way back in 1939. Aptly known as the Gogol House, the International Bauhaus-style dwelling often is referred to as “the purest example of Soriano’s early work”; and it’s now on the market in Los Angeles for the first time in over a decade, asking $3.5 million.

One of only a dozen or so structures designed by the Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler disciple that still exist — he built more than 50, including the Shulman House in Hollywood Hills and Grossman House in Studio City — the three-story home underwent a recent restoration by its current owner, L.A. interior designer Douglas Levine, who purchased the architecturally pedigreed place back in 2011 for a mere $1.2 million. The result? A wealth of modern amenities paired with many of Soriano’s original design elements.

Nestled on a heavily wooded, 0.12-acre parcel in the Franklin Hills neighborhood of Los Feliz, the exterior of the house features stacked, white rectangular panels that are partially hidden away from the street by tall hedges and palms. Inside, three bedrooms and three bathrooms are spread out over a little more than 2,700 square feet of living space punctuated throughout by walls of glass, ceramic tile floors and designer lighting.

Standing out on the main level is a sleek Italian Ernestomeda kitchen outfitted with top-of-the-line Gaggenau, Miele and Bertazzoni appliances, along with open shelves, a small breakfast nook, and stainless cooking station containing an integrated cooktop and sink. A combination living/dining area is lined with windows and doors that open to an expansive terrace ideal for lounging and al fresco dining amid picturesque city skyline views.

Upstairs, the primary suite sports built-in shelves and walls of windows for panoramic treetop views, plus a marble-clad bath equipped with dual vanities, heated floors, a soaking tub and standalone shower. An additional bedroom also can be found on this floor, which overlooks a covered terrace and garden. The lower level, meanwhile, holds an office space, a custom oak-paneled library boasting a hidden kitchenette, a media room and en-suite guest room. Just outside is a massive entertaining terrace and private garden, along with a detached two-car garage. And topping it all off, literally, is a 2,000-square-foot roof deck.

Brian Courville of Compass serves as the listing agent.

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