Architect John Lloyd Wright Home For Sale

Architect John Lloyd Wright home for sale

By Hang Nguyen • Special to the U-T6 A.M.APRIL 2, 2014


The house spans more than 1,800 square feet and sits on an 11,600-square-foot lot. — Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

A La Jolla home designed by John Lloyd Wright – a son of the famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright — is back on the market, this time listed for $2.15 million.

According to real-estate web site Zillow, the three-bedroom, three-bath home at 1641 Crespo Drive was last sold on Dec. 27, 2000, for $1.095 million.

Zillow also cites that the home was previously listed for sale at $2.25 million in August of last year. The price was then reduced twice, first to $2.15 million last October and then to $2.075 million last December. The listing was removed this past January and is now marketed by a different real-estate agency.

The three-story home was built in 1959. — Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

The owners have purchased another home outside of Napa and have moved there,  said Amber Anderson,  a Realtor for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty who listed the La Jolla property for the owners in March.

The La Jolla house that’s nestled in the hills and canyons of Mount Soledad spans more than 1,800 square feet and sits on an 11,600-square-foot lot. The three-story home was built in 1959.

“There isn’t a square room in the house, (but) lots of angles which was a signature for the architect,” Anderson said.

John was born in 1892. His first design project was a house in Escondido in 1912, according to a U.S. government report compiled to nominate his properties for the National Register of Historic Places. For that first project, he borrowed from one of his father’s designs, the Fuller House in Glencoe, Ill.

The La Jolla home is a potential candidate for the Mills Act, which would designate it historical and drastically reduce the property taxes. — Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty “John described his emotions in seeing this first design rise from the ground as ‘the closest feeling to worship I had known,’” according to the government report. “Architecture became something John simply had to do.” John received formal architectural training when he apprenticed with his father.

John was a “master architect who learned literally at the feet of the greatest American architect of all time,” his father Frank, according to the government report.

In 1946, John moved to Del Mar. He passed away in 1972 at the age of 80. In addition to being an architect, John was also a toy inventor. He created the Lincoln Logs.

Anderson said the for-sale La Jolla home is a potential candidate for the Mills Act, which is property tax reduction for designated historic properties.

Hang Nguyen is a freelance business writer based in Los Angeles.

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