Can’t stahl for much longer… I have to tell you guys about the wonderful time I had at the Stahl House a few days ago. A friend of mine hit me up to check this architectural gem in LA and of course I couldn’t refuse such a cool opportunity. Before this, I had never even heard of this place, but after a little background research, I knew it was a place to see if you’re in LA. The reservation you make for the timed tours are a bit pricy, but it’s really up to you to determine its worth. The tour comes with a guide that has extensive knowledge of the family that lived there, how their children were raised, the history of building such a place in the 1950s, down to the details of their interior decor.
A house designed well beyond its time, the Stahl House screams the beautiful geometric lines, huge window panes of modernism. Buck Stahl and Pierre Koenig (architect hired by Buck) truly created a hidden gem nestled in the mountains of West Hollywood. At $37,500, this house was probably the best investment the family could make. I can’t imagine the price tag on it today.
Upon arrival, we are immediately ushered in and given liability forms to fill out. They’re really strict about commercial photography and bringing professional camera gear. We were only allowed the quality of our phones and our imagination to bring the beauty of the house to life. Or in my case, to Instagram.
The first thing you notice is the view. Man…book your reservation at sunset because you’ve never seen LA this beautiful. You see the shapes of all the buildings and trees, the distant foggy LA skyscrapers, and a cascading show of colors painting the sky. It makes you forget about the grime and smog of LA and the traffic you endured to get here.
The next thing you notice is you teetering off the edge of a cliff. The patio isn’t fenced off so you could well likely fall off the edge if you’re not looking. That or you fall straight into the pool that is embedded into the patio as well. It was definitely a challenge avoiding it while trying to get different angles on your iPhone with your sexy Asian squat. Do it fo da booty.
This experience left me with amazing Instagram photos and another gorgeous find in LA marked off my check list. It’s amazing what you find in this city. Next on my list? The Gamble House in Pasadena. That one has been on my list forever and it’s so close to home, yet I haven’t been there yet…funny how when you live close to something, you take it for granted. That’s how I felt when I lived in Davis. There were so many things I wanted to do or try either in town or in SF, but just kept delaying it from sheer laziness.
Motivate yourself to take that leap forward and initiate that adventure before time flees you! My little inspo quote for the day.