Tom Ford’s award-winning 2009 film A Single Man featured Colin Firth as George, a gay man who is grieving the death of his partner Jim (Matthew Goode) in 1962.
Every scene was so beautifully filmed that I was kind of mesmerized by it. It certainly didn’t hurt that they shot a lot of it in a John Lautner-designed modernist house in California.
It’s known as the Schaffer Residence, built by architect John Lautner in 1949 for the mother of one of his employees.
It’s on the market right now in the Montrose area of Glendale for $1.495 million — take a look!
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The House from “A Single Man”
The movie was based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood (affiliate link).
Colin Firth was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in this film.
Ford says it’s a story about isolation, and the isolation we all feel.
The house is fairly small with 2 bedrooms + 1.5 baths.
The listing says:
Hidden in a wooded valley at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains, the redwood, concrete and glass residence opens to the oak forest that influenced the form and orientation of the design.
This world-class architectural treasure incorporates open-plan living, dining and den areas, two bedrooms, one & a half baths, laundry and attached two carport.
You can find the DVD to watch the movie on Amazon (affiliate link):
As well as the book it was based on:
This was fashion designer Tom Ford’s first film (he wrote and directed it), and he brought his eye for style to every scene.
The Art Direction was by the “Mad Men” production designer Dan Bishop and set decorator Amy Wells.
For photos and information about the Lautner House at
527 Whiting Woods Road in Glendale: the listing and LA Times.
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