Historic Tischler House in Los Angeles Is on the Market for the First Time

  • Incredible view

    Incredible view

  • Curb appeal

    Curb appeal

The gleefully unusual Tischler House in Los Angeles is on the market for the first time ever, and there are a few things you need to know about this '50s gem.

Listed for $1.7 million, the home was one of the last creations of Rudolph M. Schindler, an experimental architect. It was built for artist and metalsmith Adolph Tischler, who had purchased a small, sloped lot in a residential neighborhood.

The lot is an unusual (some might say difficult) shape, and the design of the home followed. Rather than build the home atop the slope, Schindler built it into the slope. The garage -- originally used by Tischler as an art studio, according to the Los Angeles Conservatory -- was built into the bottom of the slope, and two stories were stacked on top, jutting out from the trees on either side.

The interior, measuring 1,271 square feet, may seem small by modern L.A. standards, but Schindler had an answer for that.

The first story was used for guest rooms while the second story, which had much better views, was the family's living space. To make the rooms seem larger and more at one with nature, Schindler used a type of fiberglass -- creating a bright blue hue -- to make the roof appear as if you're looking at the sky from inside, all the time.

Incidentally, after Tischler moved into the home, he used plywood to cover portions of the roof, blocking off some of the blue hue to make it more manageable. Years later in a Los Angeles Times editorial, he confessed, "Everything inside the house looked blue, including people, and the heat came through with a vengeance."

(Today the roof is a much softer, more manageable blue, and visitors get to keep their own skin tone.)

Beyond the blue roof, Schindler added several unique touches. The home has an open floor plan, with all of the glass making the home feel larger and brighter.

There are also plenty of ways to get outside. Several rooms have exterior doors. On the top of the slope, rather than simply leave the space open, glass doors were added leading out to a gorgeous backyard space. We're imagining the views from barbecues here are incredible.

Today, the home is a local treasure and listed as a Los Angeles Historical-Cultural monument.