Groucho Marx Estate, Estate of the Day
In New York City, the most oft-dropped real estate name might be Rosario Candela. In Los Angeles its Wallace Neff. The archetypal Southern California architect died in 1982 but the legend lives on in a series of great homes which remain sought after. Brad Pitt and Diane Keaton are just two fans of Neff homes.
You might be a little hard-pressed to find the Neff in today's estate though. This Beverly Hills home was built by Neff for Groucho Marx but has been renovated so that, as the LA Times Hot Property column puts it, the footprint remains. The sprawling single floor home has city views and has been given a very thorough pepping up. It's still gorgeous and the decor is magazine-worthy. The five-bedroom home now has modern bathrooms complete with those currently popular glass box showers. Large rooms feature huge windows and doors that open out to a neat patch of perfectly manicured lawn surrounding a turquoise pool. A wood-shelved library offers a bit of a respite from all the bright and white. This home is listed at $12.9 million and I suspect that even at that price it will get picked up pretty quickly.
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