Hearst heiress sells Lautner’s famous Wolff house to Louis Vuitton director for $11 million

Nicolas Ghesquière, the creative director of French fashion house Louis Vuitton, has just purchased one of LA’s most stylish properties. The designer has secretly paid $11 million for John Lautner’s iconic Wolff home in an off-market deal, real estate sources told The Times.

Sellers are Amanda Hearst, great-granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, and her husband, director Joachim Rønning. They made a hefty profit off the property after buying it for $5.9 million two years ago.

The midcentury gem was built in 1961 by John Lautner, an iconic architect whose bold, dramatic creations are regularly seen on screens. His numerous works include the iconic Bob Hope home in Palm Springs and the Silvertop estate in Silver Lake. His private home sold two years ago for $1.67 million, or $80,000 over the asking price.

The Wolff House is one of Lautner’s best, as the striking modernist marvel looms over the city on an extremely steep lot in the Hollywood Hills. A confluence of natural materials and sleek modern elements, the home wraps around a giant eucalyptus tree that cuts through the center of the space.

Quaint living spaces combine stone, copper, and glass, while 16-foot windows reveal views of the verdant grounds and city below. Another highlight is the spiral staircase, where warm wooden steps wind in a curved stone wall.

Four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms complete the main house, and a guest house commissioned in 1970 adds three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master suite extends to a private terrace, and the lower level opens to the outdoors where a cantilevered swimming pool is perched on the edge of the property.

In 2006, the famous property was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.

Ghesquière worked at Balenciaga, where he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2006, before joining Louis Vuitton in 2013.

Hearst and Rønning got married at Hearst Castle in San Simeon last year. Hearst was a former editor at fashion magazine Marie Claire. Rønning, a native of Norway, has been making films for two decades with films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

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