Fifty years after his family fled the Austro-Hungarian Empire, prolific shipbuilder John Rados purchased a large, hillside lot overlooking the Port of Los Angeles and his beloved company, Harbor Boat Building. For Rados, Neutra’s designs embodied postwar unpretentiousness, technological advances, and adaptability to a newly redefined world. He had seen Neutra's Kaufman house, with its walls of glass and transition to the outdoors, and was inspited.
Located at the end of a long, private driveway, the unassuming façade of the Rados House hides its greatest secret: clocking in at over 5,000 square feet of living space, it is one of the largest Neutra-designed homes in the United States. But size isn't everything; massive mahogany marine-grade wood beams, terrazzo floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors define the character of the immense space. Another bonus for those who value authenticity: aside from an update to the master bath, the residence, which is on the market for the first time ever, remains as it was when it was first built.