Malibu manse selling for $14M looks like something out of 007

Harry Gesner-designed home features a living room with 25-foot vaulted ceilings

TRD LOS ANGELES /
Dec.December 17, 2018 03:14 PM
The Ravenseye home (credit: Airbnb)

A Malibu home fit for James Bond — or perhaps for one of the many villains he’s faced — has hit the market for $14 million.

Harry Gesner, the influential architect, designed the 4,500-square-foot post-modern home, which was built in 1997. It’s called Ravenseye, according to the Wall Street Journal, and like many of Gesner’s designs features dramatic curving lines inside and out.

It’s most striking room is the living room, with 25-foot-tall vaulted ceilings and large, gothic-like windows that overlook the Pacific Ocean. The living room has stone floors, a large fireplace, and opens to a deck.

Outside there is a pool, hot tub, and outdoor shower. The home sits on about an acre. The sale also includes a 1957 Airstream trailer.

Gesner designed Ravenseye for playwright Jerome Lawrence, according to the Los Angeles Times. It was built to withstand both earthquakes and fires, the latter which recently became an all-too-real threat to Malibu.

Ravenseye’s current owner, English businessman Gavin Cain, bought the home in 2008 for $3.9 million. He hired Genser to renovate the home after he purchased it. He decorated it with a mix of furniture and rented it out on Airbnb from time to time. It was most recently listed for $1,500 per night.

Gesner built his most famous home in Malibu — the Wave House — in the 1950s. It stretches out over the beach. He’s designed dozens of others around L.A. [Wall Street Journal] – Dennis Lynch


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