Personal Residence of Renowned Architect Richard Banta Asks $3.2 Million

A spectacular, Midcentury modern house perched above the Sunset Strip by AIA architect Richard Banta has hit the market for $3.2 million.

Published in several architecture and design books, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom house originally built by Banta in 1959 as his personal residence features a distinctive folded plate roofline, walls of sliding glass, and a private front courtyard. The property sale will come with architecture plans and permits to expand the current structure into a modern, four-bedroom showpiece with city lights views.

From the listing description:

Introducing the Banta House, named after notable AIA architect Richard Banta, who designed this one-of-a-kind home in 1959 as his personal residence. This published mid-century masterpiece is living art for the most discerning owner. Featuring Banta’s signature pleated roof and floor-to-ceiling glass sliders, beautiful post-and-beam design, city and canyon views, spacious courtyard, and privacy wall with sandwiched plywood and glass panels. Offered with approved plans and issued permits for a 3,300 sq. ft addition to the property carefully designed to pay homage to the existing house which it to remain untouched; a glass portal in the courtyard leads to a floating staircase to two lower levels. The middle level features an enormous great room with a large second kitchen and wine room, 14-foot high ceilings and walls of glass showcase the iconic red stilts, preserving this unique feature of this celebrated property. The lower level contains the master suite, guest, laundry, and screening room that open to a flat yard with an infinity edge pool. The addition was intelligently designed like a parking garage to reduce construction costs. This multi-layered home offers a creative solution that blends classic mid-century design with expansive modern living, extending the livability of this notable gem for years to come.

Julia Delorme of Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing.