953 Granvia Altamira | Palos Verdes Estates | 90274
Architecture: Richard Neutra
Remodeled by: John Blanton
Built 1960; 3-bedroom, 3-bath, 2,900 square feet
RIchard Neutra’s “Dailey House” in Palos Verdes Estates has been painstakingly restored/remodeled and brought back to life to the condition the home deserves. The home was nearly torn down by a previous buyer, but then was purchased by the current owner who was looking for something different in Palos Verdes. Unfortunately, this “diamond in the rough” was in complete disrepair and most thought the home should be torn down, but not the owner, who met with Richard Neutra’s sons Raymond and Dion, who visited the home after the purchase. Later, the homeowner was referred to renowned local and published architect, John Blanton, who worked under Richard Neutra for years. Great efforts were made to keep the integrity of the home, with the walls of glass, the unique vaulted ceilings, the open floor plan, double-sided fireplace, and clean lines throughout.
The contractor, Ennio Schiappa of Schiappa Homes Inc, worked very closely with Blanton to make sure things were done right and approved by Blanton. Taking over 18 months to complete, the home is a showcase, and a true testament of Neutra’s vision, as the home is timeless. The home is approx 2,900 sq ft, features 3 bedrooms, (one currently used as an office), an entertainment/media room, and even includes a bomb shelter. The gourmet kitchen, family room, dining room, and living room all enjoy walls of glass overlooking city views and the stunning backyard with glass tiled pool/spa, firepit, BBQ, lawns, fruit trees, and walking paths. Nestled below the street, situated on over 1/2 acre and adjacent to city parkland gives the atmosphere and privacy to relax and enjoy nature and the outdoor surroundings, Neutra’s signature: His ability to bring the outside in.