Edward Norton Buys $11.8M Architectural Wonder in Malibu


Actor Edward Norton just purchased an $11.8 million home in Malibu Colony. The beachfront strip of prime Malibu real estate has for decades been a fave among the Hollywood set. Prior to the ‘Fight Club’ actor snapping up this architectural wonder, the home had been listed on and off the market for four years, priced as high as $22 million.

The Stevens’ Home, as the residence is called, has five bedrooms and five bathrooms situated over 3,366 square feet. It was designed in 1968 by iconic mid-century architect John Lautner. Lautner, once an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed a slew of famous Southern California homes including Palm Springs’ Elrod House (featured in Diamonds Are Forever) and Los Angeles’ Sheats-Goldstein Residence (featured in Iron Man and The Big Lebowski). Lautner was noted for his organic modernism, an architectural style marked by sustainability, and—like his mentor—seamless integration into the landscape and natural flow between indoor and outdoor spaces.

These same hallmarks of organic modernism can be found in the Stevens’ Home as well. The residence features cedar interiors, cork floors, as well as walls of glass that take advantage of the home’s sweeping Pacific Ocean views. The residence also boasts a unique roofline of two opposing concrete half shells — a dramatic architectural detail inspired by wave-like forms. This particular design detail also allows for the home’s striking indoor-outdoor pool.

The Steven’s Home was fully restored by its previous owner, architecture collector and movie producer Michael LaFetra. Per LaFetra’s website, the restoration included “carefully selecting and replacing all cedar planking, restoring concrete that had been painted, bringing back the originally designed but never fully implemented lofts for each of the kids rooms […]” As a result of the careful restoration, the home was recognized as a historic landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

h/t Curbed LA

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