Flea’s Succulent-Surrounded California Mid-Century Home

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Flea’s Succulent Surrounded Mid-Century Home

Is there anything better than succulents and mid-century modern architecture? The Serulnic House designed by Richard Neutra, FAIA back in 1953 is the most stunning example. Part of a bigger compound that is up for sale, incidentally for $8.8 Million, the secondary home on the property, originally designed for Neutra’s secretary and her husband is set hilltop amongst a stunning 5.7 acre succulent garden in La Crescenta, California (a few miles out of L.A.).

The compound is currently owned by Michael Balzary, better known as Flea (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and his designer wife, Melody Ehsani and although the main home on the compound designed by architect, Michael Maltzan for previous owner/artists, the Pittman Dowell residence, (in the early 2000’s), is stunning in itself, the original structure, The Serulnic House with it’s giant succulents is definitely a highlight.

With a 1,350 sq ft floor plan, the home features 2 bedrooms, one bath, walls of glass, a bear valley stone fireplace and a plethora of Neutra designed built-ins, including a sofa system with record player and concealed speakers, multiple desks, shelving systems, dining room table, sliding breakfast nook and vanity. The home opens up onto a flat grassy pad with stunning mountain and city skyline views throughout. The home is listed with RSR Real Estate out of Los Angeles. All images with permission via RSR Real Estate, unless otherwise stated.

Let’s take a look!

Living room serulnic house by neutra
living room 2 serulnic house neutra
The Serulnic House room
The Serulnic House Patio
The Serulnic House Neutra
The Serulnic House Kitchen
The Serulnic House Entrance
The Serulnic House Exterior
The Serulnic House Exterior
pool The Serulnic House

Here’s a few images of the original build (before succulent plant-life —circa 1956). Images via Ofhouses.com.  (Photos: © Julius Shulman/Getty. Source: “Architectural Record Houses of 1956″, Mid-May 1956.) Illustration by Neutra via Artnet.

Serulnic House La Crescenta, Los Angeles, California, USA 1952-53
serulnic house 1953 living room
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Illustration by Neutra of Serulnic House

Click here for more images and info on the complete compound for sale, including the main Pittman Dowell building (as shown below). A special mention of the stunning view, courtyard and giant god’s eye on the adjacent terrace. 

Pittman Dowell House
Pittman Dowell House 1
Pittman Dowell House 2
Pittman Dowell House

Jan Halvarson

Jan founded Poppytalk in 2005 while a student at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (now ECU) to catalogue inspiration from typography to interior design. Since then she’s collaborated with Target (creating a limited edition glamping collection), a wallpaper collection with Milton & King, as well has written as a contributor at Wired, Martha Stewart and Huffington Post.