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Frank Gehry's Schnabel House awaits a buyer

April 12, 2011 |  6:00 am

Schnabel-House
Back in 2006, Broadway producer Jon Platt got a sneak peek at one of Frank Gehry’s residential masterpieces, the Schnabel House, a day before it officially hit the market. Platt said he wanted the Brentwood property the moment he walked through the front gate, and he offered the asking price of $9 million that night.

This time around, things aren't moving along quite so quickly.

The Schnabel House has been for sale since late March. Asking price: $13 million. Platt put the property on the market just six months after he finished restoring and updating the house, originally completed in 1989 for ambassador Rockwell Schnabel and his wife, Marna.

Platt ripped up wading-pool tiles several times before he deemed it perfect. Fluorescent light bulbs were replaced with LEDs. The home’s lighting, entertainment system, heating and cooling, window shades and security cameras are centralized in one system and can be controlled with any of eight iPads.

Gehry toured the home in November and said he was pleased with the updates. Because Platt hasn’t had any luck selling the house yet, perhaps he'll want to considering upgrading those iPads?

-- Lizzie Garrett Mettler

Photo: Jon Platt, left, and Frank Gehry in the living room of the Schnabel House at a party in 2010. Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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