An R.M. Schindler Original Recalls The 1930s

R.M. Schindler's Penthouse, Los Angeles, California
R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Penthouse
  • 1 BR
  • Sleeps 2
  • from $ 3000 wk
Structural Simplicity and Individuality

Designed between 1926 and 1939 by R.M. Schindler ​(1887–1953)​, one of the forefathers of Modern architecture, this holiday home in Los Angeles is at the apex of a sixteen-unit complex in the Silver Lake neighborhood. 

It is said that Schindler likened this hillside residential complex to European hillside communities as might be found in Greece and was keenly interested in the relationship of the outdoor spaces to the interior design of his buildings.  

Inspired by Le Corbusier and trained under Frank Lloyd Wright, many of Schindler’s designs feature attention to the seamless transition from indoors to outdoors and employ extensive use of glass and wood – characteristics of the Modernist style with which he is usually associated. 

Schindler’s client for the project was his friend Herman Sachs (1883–1940), a Romanian-born muralist and decorator known for his work on the Bullocks Wilshire Building, Union Station, and City Hall. The ​design choices emphasize Sachs’ dream for the idea of community throughout the property—for it to be a gathering place for arts and entertainment.

In 2015 five of the apartment units, including the Penthouse, underwent an extensive restoration. The goal of the restoration was to honor Schindler’s original design and intent while updating each space for how we live today. The original cabinetry, finishes, and Schindler-designed furniture were carefully researched and, wherever possible, restored or re-created. The interior design of all five apartment units was done by local firm Platform Home, with landscaping created by local firm, Terremoto. 

Ahead of its time and a visionary testament to Schindler’s modern concepts of structural simplicity and individuality, this hilltop home remains as relevant and modern today as it was revolutionary in the 1920s.

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Description

Located in the hills of Silver Lake with spectacular views of Los Feliz, the Hollywood sign, and Griffith Observatory, this holiday home in Los Angeles is unassuming from the street.

Passing through the terraced cactus garden, upon entry, guests are often taken aback by the grand foyer. The long corridor, with infinity mirrors and built in displays was designed to be used as an art gallery, and features a distinctive art deco flair—a style unusual and rare to find in a Schindler. Synonymous with old 1920s and 30s Hollywood glamour, the penthouse feels like being in a by-gone era. 

The enclosed foyer opens into the grand, ballroom-esque living room, providing each guest with the “Space Architecture” experience that Schindler was known for, in which contraction and expansion is utilized in the design of a space. The ceiling becomes much higher and the eye gravitates towards the head on panels of windows with panoramic views. Schindler was a master of window placement and maximizing the amount of natural light.

The original features in the apartment remain intact, including Douglas Fir floors, the undulating old growth Redwood ceiling in wide planks, and custom shelving with an art deco motif.  

The kitchen and dining nook are on one side of the apartment, and the bedroom, study, and one and half bathrooms on the other side — separated by the long foyer and living room. In the living room, there is the original working fireplace and tile, along with custom made sofa, end tables and a credenza based on original designs by Schindler. Fun fact: one of the credenzas houses a discretely hidden remote controlled flat screen. Furnishings and decor are bespoke and largely one of a kind pieces, and where possible, made by local artists.

A secret door leads from the living room into the master bedroom and bathroom, with the bed made from cathedral plywood in keeping with the art deco motif. The light filled study can be accessed either through the living room or bedroom and contains a Schindler designed ladder that, back in the day, was used to access the sleeping porches on the roof.  

The long balcony spans between the kitchen and the study overlooking the LA basin. 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Wifi throughout, entertainment system, climate control, kitchen and bath amenities, laundry facilities, private parking for one small car.

AROUND

Located in the heart of Silver Lake with stunning views of the iconic Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory, you are within minutes from Sunset Junction and the Silver Lake Reservoir, and a plethora of renowned dining, shopping, and entertainment destinations.

Eclectic, unique and fast becoming the hippest part of LA, the area is filled with vibrant culture and is a short drive to downtown, Los Feliz, Echo Park, and Hollywood. 

The property is one third of a mile walk to the bi-weekly Silver Lake Farmers Market and weekly Flea Market and two miles from Griffith Park, one of the nation’s largest urban parks, providing a respite from the city with hiking trails, picnic areas, and cultural attractions.

From the sprawling city limits and the coast, to the mountains and beyond, it’s a great central location to explore this vast metropolis.   

LOCATION

Silver Lake, California. Nearest Airport: LAX (20 miles) or Burbank Airport (12 miles) 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year round

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  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
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  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • R.M. Schindler's Manola Court Penthouse, Silverlake, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals

R.M. Schindler's Penthouse

from $3000/ wk
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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Notes
Payment Terms:
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Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info
Bedrooms1 Bedroom
Bed Type1 Queen
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms1.5 Bathrooms
Accommodate2 Guests
InternetWifi throughout
Kid FriendlyNot suitable for children
Pet friendlyNo
ViewSpectacular city and Hollywood Hills views
Rates
Cleaning (One Time)$150
Tax14% for total rate
Sec. Deposit$1000
Check-In3pm
Check-Out11am
Cancellation2 week notice required for cancellation and for full refund
Season Start Date End Date Weekly Min Stay Additional
StandardJan 1Dec 31$30007 Nights
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