Los Angeles Times: Home of the Week: A piece of L.A. history

Home of the Week: A piece of L.A. history
Lloyd Wright design was preserved by the tuneful Newman family.

By Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer

The Alfred Newman musical clan gathered the other day to say their goodbyes to a Pacific Palisades home that has played host to many musicians since it was built in 1948. The house, designed by architect Lloyd Wright (son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright), was the site of family get-togethers ? concerts, horseback rides, avocado picking.

The composer, winner of nine Academy Awards for musical scores, died in 1970. His widow, Martha, died in 2005. Her death prompted the family to eventually put the nearly 2.7-acre horse property on the market. Newman’s brothers were composers as well as several of his children and other relatives including nephew Randy Newman.

Crosby Doe, who has the listing and specializes in historic and architectural properties, said the property could possibly qualify for historic-cultural monument status. “The home has been maintained in its original condition,” Doe said. “All the historic fabric of the residence is intact. It is exceedingly rare that a major property such as this has not suffered some sort of alteration or additions over the years.”

About this house: Wright sited the home to provide views of the country setting overlooking the stable and barn. The home was designed for concerts and other family entertainment.

Size: The house has six bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,400 square feet.
Features: The house has a wine cellar, den and living room. The property is next to Rustic Creek and includes part of the old Dallugge avocado grove.
Where: Pacific Palisades
Listing agent: Crosby Doe 310.275.2222

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