John Lautner’s ‘Lethal Weapon: 2’ house listed for $16 Million on Christie’s

Schenelle Dsouza 
If you recently watched Lethal Weapon 2, you probably remember the fancy canyon villa featured in it. The extravagant house has been listed for sale on Christie’s International Real Estate for a shiny price of US $16 million.
The Garcia House
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Built in 1962 by the renowned architect John Lautner, the home was nicknamed The Gracia House, after the original owners, film composer Russell Garcia and his wife Gina. The property was then purchased by the current owners, Broadway producer Bill Damaschke and his partner, John McIlwee in 2002.
The Garcia House
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Apart from its pop culture reference, the location and design of the home are truly noteworthy. Floating at a height of 60 feet above the ground, the shape of the home resembles an almond or a rainbow. The two-story structure, spread across 2,600 sq. ft., comprises three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, an ellipse-shaped pool, and a media room.
The Garcia House
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The owners wanted the home to look as close as it could to the original design. And so, in 2012, they roped in Marmol Radziner who gave the home a historic makeover that preserved a number of the original details while adding bits of functionality. The remodel took roughly one year and cost about US $1 million. While the newer details as just as impressive, timeless elements like the original terrazzo flooring, signature parabolic roof and the 55-foot wall of windows give the home some of its original glory.
The Garcia House
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Over the years, The Gracia House has also come to be called The Rainbow House, owing to its 50-foot wall of colourful stained-glass windows, which make for quite the conversation starter. Although a predominantly modern space, the home does bear a few bits of old-world charm and elegance like the large open balcony or the spiral staircase. The staircase separates the living area from the main bedrooms located on the top floors. The master suite is most impressive outfitted with a seating area overlooking the L.A. Basin.
The Garcia House
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As for the lower level, the sunken living room is fitted with a massive stone fireplace, built-in banquette seating, stained walnut cabinetry and walls of glass, all of which add statement and style to the space. Ditching the mundane dining spaces, The Garcia House’s curved dining area, topped by the property’s original custom chandelier is just the space for a fine dining experience at home.
The Garcia House
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The view from the house is unmatchable. The wide-wall windows and 60-foot caissons elevate the structure above the canyon which provides a panoramic view of the city of Los Angeles. Down by the hillside, the home is surrounded by a lush garden designed by landscape architect John Sharp. The uniquely shaped pool, built in 2008, borrowed from Lautner’s original design.
The Garcia House
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In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Leo Marmol, managing partner of Marmol Radziner was quoted saying, “The Garcia House is just such a beautifully exuberant, graceful structure. Lautner’s work is always such a celebration but, with this project in particular, the scale is so small and delicate.”
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