Thanks to distinctive copper-plated accents and its unique, pill-shaped design, this iconic design by architect John Lautner was once given the nickname “Jaws” by neighboring homeowners for its resemblance to a certain great white shark immortalized in the 1975 film of that name. These days, however, the property known as the “Rawlins House” goes by a different name: the treasure of Balboa Island.
On the market for $5.895 million, the Rawlins House displays Lautner’s ability to engage the natural characteristics unique to coastal California, while balancing its relaxed Orange County locale with a unique urban design.
Douglas fir ceilings and ceramic tile floors lend to the organic aesthetic, and modern conveniences such as a gourmet kitchen and an elevator offer an air of luxury. Skylights and walls of telescoping glass flood the 2,100-square-foot interiors with natural light while providing views of Newport Harbor.
Illustrating the premium placed on Lautner-designed homes, the Rawlins House has seen an uptick in price over the last two years. The Midcentury Contemporary, built in 1980, was previously shopped in 2012 for $5.495 million and last publicly listed for $5.195 million—$700,000 less than its current asking price.
Earlier this year, the Garwood Residence, one of five remaining Lautner designs in Malibu, sold to actress Gwyneth Paltrow for a staggering $14 million. The Bob Hope Estate in the Coachella Valley, one of the architect’s most heralded concepts, currently lists for $34 million.
This article was originally published by Neal J. Leitereg on Realtor.com. To see the original article, click here.