A true architectural connoisseur and rigorous aesthete, Crosby Doe is recognized for his curatorial approach to modern architecture. He has helped such notables as Joel Silver and power couple Mitch Glazer and Kelley Lynch secure their dream architectural homes, and he offers valuable and treasured counsel that continues after the sale: Doe provides homeowners with original drawings, background and books on the property as well as advice on maintaining its architectural integrity. By doing so, he is helping to preserve Southern California's architectural heritage.
As a California native, Doe developed an appreciation for that legacy early on while growing up amongst the Arts & Crafts masterpieces of Pasadena. He began his career in real estate in 1973 and, in a serendipitous turn, a Neutra was the first significant property he sold. The house helped inspire his vision of architectural real estate as a special market, a niche he went on to pioneer along with partner David Mossler.
Called an “uber-agent for architectural homes”, and respected as a historian of the state's most important properties, Doe has represented such iconic homes as:
- The Reiner-Burchill Residence (Silvertop), John Lautner
- The Storer House, Frank Lloyd Wright
- The Navarro House, Lloyd Wright
- The Carling House, John Lautner
- The Struckus House, Bruce Goff
- The Shell House, Wallace Neff
- The Singleton House, Richard Neutra
as well as other architectural residences created by Ray Kappe, Morphosis Architecture, Rodney Walker, Rudolph Schindler, Buff & Hensman, Cliff May, and many others.
Where to Find a Modern Architecture Bargain
Touring John Lautner's Schaffer House
First offering: The DeVault Residence, 1958, Herbert Kameon, AIA. The tenets of Organic Architecture as espoused by Wright and Harris are strictly adhered to in what is reputed to be Herbert Kameon’s first residential commission.
While not widely known by the general public, Skinner has made significant contributions to the architectural fabric of Trousdale Estates, and Coldwater Canyon where he lived for many years building his designs.
If there is a direct link with today’s environmental concerns in architecture with the California Case Study Architects, it would have to be through Calvin Straub.
A Rare 19th century Creole great house standing on 8-1/2 acres in St Lucia. This stately and gracious Island residence is set within a lush and vibrant park-like nature preserve overlooking Castries Harbor.
Hidden discreetly behind a walled and gated formal rose garden, this sun-filled 1924 California interpretation of the English Cotswold Cottage in the vibrant Wilshire-Hancock area of Los Angeles once graced the cover of Architectural Digest.
The Adelman Residence, 1956, designed by O'Neil Ford, FAIA (once noted as the best unknown architect in America) & U.S.C. architect Thornton Abell, FAIA.
The sculpted, stainless steel door, a work of art on its own, pivots on its axis, inviting guests into this 5200-square-foot, concrete, steel and glass Ray Kappe designed house on Manhattan Beach's world-famous Strand, inches from the sand and sea.
First offering since 1948: The historic Alfred Newman Estate with original residence by architect Lloyd Wright. Here, contiguous to Rustic Creek, this astonishing 2.6 plus acre property with a natural spring for irrigation sweeps.
Silvertop is to Los Angeles’ residential architecture as Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal is to New York City. Beyond function, both are beacons projecting the peak of America’s optimism, and the creative strength of a period grounded in a strong faith in future possibility.
Historic Libby Ranch, 1923. Wallace Neff, architect, with later alterations and outbuildings by Austen Pierpont. The romance of the Arbolada is alive and well at Libby Ranch.
The Ford Hacienda is celebrated not only as a triumphant example of the Spanish Colonial Tradition in architectural design, but perhaps more importantly as a timeless environment for living a lifestyle idealized by the California plein air painters of the
Quoting Sally Woodbridge from her book on the California houses of the Historic American Buildings Survey: "Of all the architects who perceived the Edenic possibilities of California, none capitalized on them with more sensitivity and assurance than Frank Lloyd Wright."
First Offering: The Cy Howard Estate. 1951. The rustic wooden gate protecting this two plus acre Holmby Hills property tells the story.
The Singleton Residence by Richard Neutra. The long gated private drive winds its way across the meadow, and through Eucalypti to a remarkable park-like garden site on the ridge top.
The romance of the Arbolada is alive and well at Libby Ranch. Here industrialist Edmund Drummond Libby reserved the finest oaken lands of his Arbolada for his ranch/estate.
The Von Hagen Residence, 1975. From this mountaintop vantage above Malibu one surveys the world like an Olympic God, but instead of the Mediterranean, the Pacific is below.
Oak Ridge, also known as the Clifford Barnes Estate, was designed in 1912 by Elmer Grey, F.A.I.A.
Thom Mayne & Michael Rotondi, Architects Harris Revisions: Daly, Genik, Architects The Lawrence/Harris Residence 1983-2004
Of the premier properties in the Hollywood Hills, few benefit from the spiritual gifts of the native hillside environment.
The Jeffrey Jones Residence, 2000 Sited directly on Lake Tahoe, within a private gated 20 acre residential park, this A.I.A. Award winning residence offers a rare modern re-interpretation of alpine residential architecture.
The Millard House (La Miniatura), 1923 Millard House is internationally recognized as one of the world's most important works of architecture.
Beyond the circular drive, a double door entry pierces the sheltering high granite stone walls. Inside the light filled living space flows around a glass walled atrium courtyard, and opens out to the swimming pool & gardens.
Overlooking the 12th fairway of the Bel Air Country Club with an expansive frontage on the golf course and head on city views.
Sharon's California House II, 1996 With its commanding choice corner lot in Manhattan Beach's popular Hill Section, this A.I.A. award winning residence has become a local landmark.
The Rosenstiel/Augunas Residence, 1950/2005. The purity of form revealed at the street suggests the triumphant resolution of the interior program.
Beverly Hills Penthouse and Apartments, 1984 by Frank O. Gehry. Unique space for living, as daring and assertive as the Century City skyline that anchors the 360 degree City Views.
Of all John Entenza's California Case Study Program participants, Rodney Walker was the most hands on designer. Julius Shulman recalled Rodney up on a tractor preparing a site on Mulholland Drive for one of his visionary projects.
The Milton Goldman Residence by Richard Neutra, 1951, was expanded & updated in 2001 by architect Roberta Weiser, & carefully maintained and refined since. Detailed interior spaces with quality built-ins work well for large or small families.
First offering in over 40 years. Is this the last grand old fixer on Sunset Boulevard? Sited on over 1/3 acre flat, this classic 1929 Spanish style residence is set back behind a walled circular drive. The program is classic......
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Bolton/Culbertson House 1906/1929, by architects Charles and Henry Greene with addition by architect Garrett Van Pelt, is recognized today as one of the classics of the Arts and Crafts movement Pasad
Kendrick Bangs Kellogg - Architects. Internationally published 52 acre ranch retreat just 2 hours from Los Angeles.
Morning light floods into this eclectic family residence on over a 1/2 acre site with a lower level garden with lawn and an inspired 2 story artist's studio by architect Frederick Fisher.
Gold Medal winner John Kewell, A.I.A. likely met Merle Schipper, who was an art critic, writer, and curator, through their mutual academic associations.
Reviving the physical aesthetics and the high spirited idealisms.
The Warwick Evans Residence by Frank Lloyd Wright. Here, Wright's rich textural and ornamental tradition is fully resolved within a precise geometry, which reflects inside the perfection of nature outside.
The stone facade, rambling gables, natural shake roof, & exposed hewn joists lend a gracious English country character to the residence of this walled estate at Rancho and Encino.
Manola Court, the Herman Sachs Apartments, 1926-40, Los Angeles County Museum of Art guide # D.4.5.
Cliff May, native Californian & a self-taught builder of genius, built his entire career on the premise that houses here should all but compel us outdoors into the sunshine every day.
Acres of trees, portions of which are protected as a Monarch Butterfly Reserve, surround the nearly one and one-half acre garden site, creating a feeling of living within a mature arboretum.
That the life-enhancing exhilarating power of great architecture has nothing to do with size is proven & experienced here at Domus Solaris.
Wright’s interpretation of the rambling single story California ranch house for pharmacist Emanuel Gainsburg and his family is carefully set in a mature nature garden at the foot of the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains.
First offering: City of Los Angeles Cultural Historic Monument #380, The Kallis-Sharlin Residence, 1946, by architect Rudolph Schindler, with later additions by Josef Van der Kar, and L.A. Twelve architect Leroy Miller, F.A.I A.
Live with nature in organic architecture! The De Jonghe Residence, 1949 by Lloyd Wright, with enhancements by architect John Powell.
New Mediterrean Construction in the Mar Vista Hills
House for Albert & Mildred Gates, 1925. Built during the golden age of Southern California architecture, Neff designed the residence in his self-described "Californian" style, blending Spanish, Tuscan and other Mediterranean Revival.
Yew, Inadomi, Sokol, Treweck, Flavin, Ohara, Akai, and Kambara: these are the celebrated Neutra Colony houses at Silver Lake.
Wood trim softens and integrates the exposed steel trusses supporting the ceiling. Inclined glass walls look out to the natural pool and gardens. Living at one within nature is the gift.
The Hirth Residence, 1952. While the ranch home is considered to be ubiquitous across the Southern California landscape, a custom Cliff May design is far from ordinary.
The Souther Residence, 1991, Nichols Canyon. The private country estate is set within a heavily forested setting that feels far from the City, yet is only 5 minutes to the Sunset Strip.