Lloyd Wright-Designed Southern California Home Hits Market for $3.3 Million


A modernist house with Mayan inspiration in Glendale, California, that was designed by Lloyd Wright in 1926 has come onto the market for $3.295 million.

Dubbed Derby House, the residence was designed by Wright, son of the renowned and prolific architect Frank Lloyd Wright, for businessman James Daniel Derby. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Surrounded by hills, mature oak trees and a garden, the house’s exterior features tiers of interlocking concrete blocks, bearing a resemblance to the ancient Mayan architecture, according to the listing posted at the end of March by Aaron Leider, Elham Shaoulian, Drew Carlson and Brandon Soufer of The Agency.

“This is a very rare chance to purchase and preserve a piece of American architectural significance as well as own a masterpiece by the Wright family in Southern California,” Mr. Carlson said. 

The listing also includes four adjacent lots to bring the total size to 1.5 acres, and unique artifacts like framed blueprints, a photo album and original lamps passed down by each owner since 1926, he said.

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Inside, the house boasts a double-height living room, a hexagonal dining room with a floor-to-ceiling fireplace and a large bay window, plus five bedrooms and three bathrooms. 

In total, the home has 3,281 square feet of living space. 

Some bathrooms have “hand-pigmented tiles, creating a timeless effect that is still super unique to the James Daniel Derby House,” Mr. Soufer said.

The house was last traded for $2.335 million in April 2016, property records show. The current owner, a business executive, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Los Angeles Times first reported the listing.


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