Love classic architecture and in current need to dump a vault’s worth of extra cash in the near future? Then you’re in luck! Not to mention, super rich! Frank Llyod Wright‘s famous Ennis house – location of several scenes from science-fiction classic Blade Runner – is now for sale and they’re only asking for $15 million. Well, plus the $5-7 million needed for repairs and restorations, but who’s counting really.
Located within the majestic hilltops of Los Feliz, California (i.e. the Hollywood Hills) the 6,000 square foot estate was first finished in 1924 for a Charles and Mabel Ennis, who – according to the LA Times – owned “a men’s clothing store” and “liked to entertain”. Inspired by the Mayan ruins in Uxmal, Mexico, Wright constructed the house out of large concrete blocks in an “experimental ‘textile block’ style.” Which, judging from the pictures, seems to be an apt description. And from what I hear – that is read online – the house looks even better from the inside. Awesome.
In charge of the home’s sale is Wright’s grandson, Eric Lloyd Wright, who is also a ranking board member in the Ennis House Foundation, the non-profit that currently owns the home and surrounding estate. His reason for it’s sale? Like most these days – economic concerns. Talking to the LA Times, he recently remarked, “My grandfather designed homes to be occupied by people. His homes are works of art. He created the space, but the space becomes a creative force and uplifts when it is lived in every day.”
The last owner to live in the house was Augustus O. Brown who sold the home to the non-profit in 1980.