Ranked by Newsweek as the sixth most beautiful college in America, Occidental College occupies 120 acres in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles. The hilly streets just north of the Oxy campus are also quite scenic, a micro-hood that, unsurprisingly, has always been popular with liberal arts college faculty and staff.
In this bucolic pocket are several homes designed and built by Oakley Norton, an Oxy alumnus who worked for a time as the college’s assistant admissions director and was married to one of the college’s theater teachers. school. Completed in 1982, the last of Norton’s unique residences is now on the market for the first time in three decades.
Hidden from view behind a long horizontal door at the rear end of a private driveway, the redwood-clad residence is arranged in a series of descending linear volumes, with deep overhangs connecting the segments. Built with slumpstone blocks, lots of wood and ceramic tile, it was designed to use passive solar energy to maintain an even temperature.
Norton, who also worked as a math teacher, used a hexagonal grid as the basis for the interior plan of the house. According to the listing’s description, a family trip to ancient ruins in Mexico provided the designer-builder with additional inspiration for his architectural vision. We’d venture a guess that Norton’s other major influences would likely include Frank Lloyd Wright, Greene & Greene, John Lautner and MC Escher.
Measuring 3,420 square feet, the home scatters four bedrooms and three bathrooms between its various levels. Notable attributes include custom pendant lights made of stained glass and wood slats, exposed tongue and groove beam ceilings, clerestory windows, custom hexagon floor tiles, interior garden and all types of imaginable built-in elements, from cabinets to shelves. to furniture. There are also several terraces and patios and a carport for three cars.
Set on a wooded 10,117 square foot lot with downtown views, the one-of-a-kind property is listed with Loren Anderson and Amy Pace of Compass at an asking price of just under $2 million.