BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Lloyd Wright's Derby House, called one of the architect's "strongest achievements" by UCLA historian Thomas Hines, has been listed by Aaron Kirman, President of Aaroe Estates, the luxury property division of John Aaroe Group. The approx. 3,281-square-foot home, on the National Register of Historic Places, has been meticulously preserved by the same owners since 1974. The property, located at 2535 E. Chevy Chase Drive, is offered at $2,795,000.
Shaded by mature oaks on an approx. one-and-a-half-acre parcel, the massive yet airy structure is sheathed in Maya-influenced, yucca-patterned concrete textile blocks cast in sand from nearby Chevy Chase Canyon. (Wright's father, Frank Lloyd Wright, credited his son with the technique.) Visible from inside and out, the blocks create intriguing shapes and shadows throughout the interiors in daylight. Garage gates, fireplace grates, French door grills and closets also feature abstract renderings of yucca plants, which grow on the surrounding hills.
"Lloyd Wright was extremely versatile, much more so than his father," says architectural historian David Gebhard. "In some ways, his concrete block designs have held up better than his father's better-known work."
Lloyd has also been called one of the few architects who could combine a livable plan with high drama, and Derby House proves it. Inside, sweepingly vertical spaces are highlighted by double-height ceilings, tall cathedral-style windows, a high balcony library and a hexagonal dining room with floor-to-ceiling fireplace. Rooms open to outdoor terraces on many levels.
The grounds reflect many historians' view that Lloyd Wright was also a brilliant landscaper. Native plantings are interwoven with rock retaining walls and terraces, hidden paths and benches.
"I am honored to represent such a significant architectural home by one of the world's master architects," says Kirman.
About Aaron Kirman
Mr. Kirman is renowned for his representation of some of the country's most significant estate and architectural properties, including residences by Koenig, Schindler, Lautner, Lloyd Wright, Williams and the only Neimeyer in North America. Mr. Kirman has represented such unique Southern California estates as Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House, Richard Neutra's Kauffman Residence, and Paul Williams' Lions Gate. During his career, Mr. Kirman has sold more than $2.5 billion of residential real estate to a group of select clients including billionaires, A-List celebrities, heads of industry, foreign investors and royalty. While he specializes in exclusive properties from Beverly Hills to Malibu, he has represented buyers and sellers worldwide. www.aaronkirman.com
About John Aaroe Group
John Aaroe Group is a leading real estate brokerage specializing in high-end property in the greater Los Angeles area. The company has represented some of the region's most prestigious properties, including the highest priced sale in the history of Beverly Hills. John Aaroe Group offers in-depth knowledge through its offices in Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Marina Del Rey, the Sunset Strip, Toluca Lake, Sherman Oaks and Pasadena. It also serves an international clientele through Aaroe Estates. In 2014, the firm participated in 1,677 closed transactions with a combined market value of nearly $2 billion. http://www.aaroe.com
SOURCE John Aaroe Group