Highlights of the Sheats-Goldstein Residence
Much of the house has glass walls, but two of them in the front corner of the master bedroom retract completely, offering cool breezes and an incredible view of Downtown Los Angeles from a built-in daybed. The glass walls are a signature of Lautner’s architectural style, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor and opening the house to the property’s lush landscape.
Likely the most recognizable aspect of the house, the living room’s couches, banquettes and dining room table are made of concrete and built into the ground, rendering them an unmovable (and iconic) part of the home’s architecture.
The house sits on four acres that have been transformed into a tropical oasis with countless palm trees, birds-of- paradise and more. Floating stairs lead down to a moss garden, which has one of the property’s best views of the city. It takes 10 full-time gardeners to keep this landscape tame while still looking lush.
With all four walls of this den bathroom covered in mirrors, plus a glass roof, the foliage from above reflects off every inch of the room to make it feel as though the toilet and sink are actually outside—just another of Lautner’s many expertly executed techniques to bring the outdoors in. In the master bedroom, the bathroom's walls are made of glass, including the sink.
Custom-made for the property, James Turrell’s “Skyspace” piece Above Horizon is bathed in his signature, color-changing lighting; when the retractable roof is open, the room’s lighting appears to also change the color of the stars above (seeing it in the day doesn’t have the same effect on the sky). Guests enjoy this intimate Turrell experience on a comfortable daybed built into the concrete, as soothing (or sexy) music sets the mood.
More about the Sheats-Goldstein Residence
The Sheats-Goldstein Residence was built between 1961 and 1963 by John Lautner for Helen and Paul Sheats.
James Goldstein bought the house in 1972.
The house originally had no walls, but Goldstein recommission Lautner to help transform the house into what it is today.
Lautner continued working on upgrades for the house until his death.
Goldstein is currently adding guest bungalows and a pool.
Have a small fortune lying around? Here is how much it costs to rent out the Sheats-Goldstein Residents:
Club James: $25,000, with a 250 guest capacity
Tennis court: $15,000, with a 300 guest capacity
Club & Tennis Court: $35,000
Club, House & Tennis Court: $45,000 (though use of the house requires extra approval
Valet and security are required and not included in these prices. There are likely additional costs as well.
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Local fashion aficionado and basketball superfan James Goldstein has promised LACMA his landmark mid-century home, designed by city-shaping architect John Lautner.