We're obviously late in getting around to this, but we wanted to give our readers our take on hairdresser Vidal Sassoon having listed his architecturally significant, Richard Neutra-designed house in Los Angeles' Bel-Air area, which he purchased in 2004 for $6 million and now has on the market for $19,995,000.
First, we'd love to give props to Radar Online, who broke the story in June, and also to the Real Estalker, who also published a fine post on the listing. And Deidre at the Luxist also wrote a nice summary of the Sassoon house a few weeks back as well. And as the Real Estalker correctly noted, this isn't believed to be Vidal's main house; his principal residence is a 6,189-square-foot house on a 1.432-acre tract on Calle Vista Drive in Beverly Hills, down the street from Tom Cruise's new house.
As for the Neutra-designed Bel-Air house, it was built in 1959 and ostensibly was bought by Sassoon as an investment. Located at 15000 Mulholland Drive and known as the Singleton house because it was built for Teledyne co-founder Henry Singleton, the four-bedroom, 3,392-square-foot house has been renovated but still has its original living room and dining room, according to listing information. Other features include five baths, a large kitchen, a sitting room/media room, an art gallery, a master suite with a sitting room, a swimming pool, two potential building pads on the site, and a long, 'imposing' private drive, according listing information.
The house uses seamless glass walls so that it appears to be a part of the natural surroundings, and also has flat roofs and simple post-and-beam construction. The home overlooks the Stone Canyon Reservoir Preserve. It has views of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Pacific Ocean and downtown L.A. A modernist architect, Neutra (1892-1970) once was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Sassoon purchased the property in 2004 from the Massachusetts-based MIT Real Estate Foundation, according to public records. Singleton's family had donated the house to the foundation earlier that year after previously having tried to list it in 2003 for $7 million, according to a 2004 Los Angeles Times article. Singleton died in 1999.