The house that author Ray Bradbury lived in for over 50 years until his death in 2012 is now being torn down by its new owners. The property, located in LA's Cheviot Hills, was put on the market in May and sold for $1.765 million—$270,000 over its asking price. The photos from the original listing show a character-filled three bedroom/three bathroom home that is outdated in spots, but still charming. However, Curbed LA reports that "demolition was probably to be expected."
The new owner responsible for the demolition is what Curbed is calling a "starchitect." Or, in non-portmanteau terms, Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, of the firm Morphosis, and his wife, Blythe Alison-Mayne. Mayne is responsible for big glassy buildings around LA but reportedly hasn't worked on a residence in over a decade.
Photos of the house mid-demolition have been posted on File 770.com by John King Tarpinian, a fan in LA who sought out the site. Tarpinian reports that the contractor told him the project is to be a personal residence for Mayne and that "the house will go below ground three levels (with the bottom level being a pool, which is perfect for our chilly L.A. winters) and it will go above ground two stories."
All photos via File770.com.