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Frank Lloyd Wright houses having trouble finding the right buyers

Who doesn't love a bargain? With a lot of history thrown in, who can resist?

Apparently many people can. In this case, the bargain is La Miniatura, a Frank Lloyd Wright house; the price has been slashed from $7.7 million to just under $5 million. And still no takers.

But there's more! Wright's Ennis House in Los Feliz is also up for sale, and the price for that has been cut in half, to under $8 million. Again, no one's buying.

Why? Who is willing and able to take care of these historic homes? The answer is complicated, of course. The Times' Column One feature explains, and says La Miniatura might even end up taken apart and shipped to Japan.

The Ennis House, above, was built for Mabel and Charles Ennis in 1924 on a hillside overlooking the city of Los Angeles.

-- Mary MacVean

Photo: The Ennis House. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

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I'd buy the Ennis-Brown house if the bedrooms weren't so small.

Who wouldn't want to pay five million bucks to live in a Mayan tomb?

You know that any number of A-List Industry People could buy either one or both of these, cover the repair and maintenance, donate them to the city, and not miss the pocket change.

For openers, I nominate James Cameron - who should be glad to Give Back to the city that has afforded him so much opportunity and success.

C'mon, you Hollywood Elites, how about putting your money where your liberality is. Think of the children you would inspire with these two cultural monuments.

Here's a thought: How about a few Hollywood A-Listers step up and buy both houses, cover the repairs, fund the maintenance, and donate them to the city ? It would be a great way for them to Give Back to the community that as afforded them so much opportunity and success, a lasting way to inspire generations of children who could tour these LA cultural landmarks, and would be a relatively small (and tax-deductible) dent in their seven to nine-figure incomes.

If I had the money it would be a no-brainer. I'd gladly buy either house (though I'd prefer the Ennis house, personally). Sadly, money is the only thing on peoples' minds anymore and we've already lost some tremendous cultural and historic icons in Los Angeles because nobody who could afford to buy them came to their rescue (most recently the Ambassador Hotel).

Damn money. Who needs it? It only clouds people's thinking. I'll take either property in the form of a donation and preserve it, live in it, and donate it to the People of Los Angeles when I die.

By the way, the Ennis House was last purchased in the 1960's for something like $19K because nobody wanted it then either. I'm sure I could raise that amount if I had to.


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