Quintessentially Californian and Newly on the Market, this cozy cottage getaway nestled in the Hollywood Hills was designed by famed Los Angeles Architect Harry Gesner in the Golden Age of Hollywood. In 1959, Gesner’s boathouse came to fruition when Bathing Suit designers Fred Cole fell in love with the complex blueprint and imported Norwegian shipbuilders to contruct the property at great personal expense. The construction costs were huge but necessary–the Scandinavian ship-smiths were the only laborers with the expertise to shape the Redwood beams for the hull-like interior of Gesner’s boat-like treehouse (talk about doing whatever it takes for design!).
True to form, Gesner takes his romantic vision of a home floating on a hill to it’s logical extension, paying off the promise of a boathouse exterior, the property continues the seafaring fantasy inside with Nautical motifs throughout the property. Besides being really meticulous and impressive, the result is a house that, above all, is just really freaking neat!
Beyond the intrigue of the structure’s whimsical design, the house also boasts beautiful panoramic views of the iconic tree-covered hillside that surroud it stretching out into the San Fernando valley on the horizen. So while not literally on the ocean, this “boathouse” does keeps true to it’s name by enveloping it’s inhabitatnts in a sea of natural beauty in lieu of water.
At this late date we take for granted that hard wood and and rounded boating beams exist as part of the common cannon of California-stye architecture but the truth is Gesner was one of the first — both popularizing and p erfecting the ocean-vessel-as-land-dwelling style of architecture. In fact, Gesner is so well known for the style that his Wave House is cited as the main inspiration for the iconic sail-style roof of the Sydney Opera House. With all that pedigree behind it and a listing price of $659,000, 7147 Woodrow Wilson is a truly incredible deal in Los Angeles Real Estate and may very well be the most affordable piece of design history on the market.
With easy access to the 101 and within a stone’s throw of major Studios, we think that this Gesner architectural gem might just be the best property in LA for a savvy architecture fan looking for a second home — truly the ultimate pied-à-terre! But enough talk, we know why you really came to this blog post… MORE SWEET PICS:
Launched from a hillside dock, it looks as if these structural Jewels are about to set sail into the clouds. SO COOL!
Right this way…
And Just like that, you’re transported to another world — your very own quantum leap into a swanky sailor pad with a fun sense of elegance and adventure.
Yep, even the fixtures in this house are rad…
Bon Voyage Beautiful Boathouse! We’ll never forget you!!!!
(Seriously though, call us if you want to see it!) 7147 Woodrow Wilson Drive 90068