Ennis House Sold to Ron Burkle

The Ennis House, on the market since 2009, has been sold for $4.5 million . The buyer is Ron Burkle, an investor (and part owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins), Burkle ranks as #347 on Forbes list of riches people in the world (that makes him as rich as George Lucas, richer than Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Mark Cuban and Stephen Spielberg).

Burkle has committed to continuing restorations; public access to the house for 12 days a year was granted by a conservation easement to the Los Angeles Conservancy.

Built in 1924 (the last of Wright’s four Myan-themed textile block houses), plagued by problems most of its life, the house was severely damaged in the 1994 earthquake and then by heavy rains in 2005. It made the Nation Register’s list of most endangered historic properties in 2005.

The Ennis House Foundation has spent millions on stabilization efforts. It placed the house on the market in 2009 for $15 million, lowered the price to $7.5 million and then to $6 million.