It has been awhile since we housesellers have seen so many rare listings on the market at the same time, but the last week or two has seen an influx of landmark homes put up for sale. The clearly most infamous listing among the bunch is the Los Feliz home where Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary were killed by the Manson family almost exactly 50 years ago. Built in 1922, the two-bedroom, one and a half bathroom LaBianca home sits on a lot that slopes gently in the back, allowing for views of the San Gabriel Mountains and last sold in 1998 for $375,000. Listing price today: $1.98 million. And, despite the passage of time, the agent’s notes do say: “Please research before showing.” 

We love when a prime R.M. Schindler home comes on the market and the recent listing of his Studio City Lechner house is causing quite a stir. Designated Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument No. 1024, the four-bedroom residence is one of the architect’s largest single-family projects and was built for Dr. Richard Lechner and his wife in 1947. The V-shaped house is hidden behind a surrounding wall on its street-facing side, but is lined with walls of glass on the other side that offer up glorious views of Laurel Canyon. One of the more unique features of the home is the expanded kitchen that has over 40 feet of counter space and pull-out pantry walls concealed behind smooth-surfaced cabinet doors.

Also just listed, and also causing a stir, is an historic Brentwood mid-century by master architect and Schindler contemporary, A. Quincy Jones. The Richard and Helen Arens house, a city landmark, is one of a collection of influential modern homes built for the Crestwood Hills Mutual Housing Association. Considered the only successful large-scale cooperative housing development in post-war California, Jones designed many homes for the Association and this one at 12346 Deerbrook Lane is a four-bedroom, two-bath post and beam home that features wooden tongue and groove ceilings, walls of glass, and clerestory windows. 

The new listing of a two-story post and beam home built in 1957 as the family residence of Richard Frank, and once owned by rock star Beck (it also currently stars in the Amazon series Transparent as the home of the main characters), has our mouths watering! That is because Frank was the famed restaurateur of Lawry's the Prime Rib and president of Lawry’s Foods, known for their addictive seasoning salt. The 5,000 sq. ft. Pasadena home was one of Buff, Straub, and Hensman’s (one of the most important post-war architectural firms in California) largest residential commissions and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.