June 6th, 2016 12:32 PM by Cat Moe
A famous modernist home in Palm Springs designed by John Lautner,
known by many for its brief appearance in a Bond film, has recently
been re-listed, quickly drawing attention and offers. The one-of-a-kind
dwelling, which hasn’t been open to the public for years, returns to the
market after a lengthy legal battle and is asking $8M, according to The Desert Sun.
estate investor Michael Kilroy purchased the Elrod Home, as well as two
other properties (the Steve McQueen House and Boat House), for $11
million. Years later, Kilroy fell on hard times and in 2012, UK-based
lender Lloyds Bank sued Kilroy, claiming he had stopped payment and owed
$1.8 million. In addition, the nearby Southbridge Property Owners
Association also sued, claiming Kilroy owed $150,000 in fees.
April, Kilroy filed a petition for bankruptcy, and the creditors agreed
he had until the end of 2016 to sell. Last week, local broker Nelson Moe Properties listed the home.
for a noted interior designer and considered a key example of Lautner’s
exemplary means of blending architecture and nature, the Elrod House is
one of the most famous Modernist homes in Palm Springs. Highlights of
the home's layout include a circular concrete canopy framed by glass
windows and a projecting pool deck that seems to float above the
This isn’t the only
John Lautner-designed home to be in the news this year. In February, it
was announced that his famous, dramatically slanted Sheats-Goldstein Residence, which made a cameo in The Big Lewbowski, was donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
2175 Southridge Drive, Palm Springs, California [Nelson Moe Properties]
Iconic John Lautner '60s House Will Be Donated To L.A. Museum [Curbed]
John Lautner's Elrod House in Palm Springs Wants $10.5M [Curbed]
John Lautner Houses in the Movies: James Bond to Big Lebowski [Curbed]