Combining proximity to the Westside’s best and mesmerizing ocean views,
this architecturally vibrant Pacific Palisades home is truly divine
Combining proximity to the Westside’s best and mesmerizing ocean views,
this architecturally vibrant Pacific Palisades home is truly divine
Los Angeles is unparalleled when it comes to forging a life that entwines proximity to nature with accessibility to finer pursuits. Perfect weather? Check. Stunning produce? Check. Gorgeous beaches? Check. World-class museums, exquisite shopping and restaurants? Obviously. It stands to reason, then, that the ideal home is one sequestered enough to feel like a private retreat yet within easy driving and walking distance of the desired amenities. Throw in stunning views of the fabled Pacific Coast, and a space created to take advantage of quintessential Southern California indoor-outdoor living designed by an award-winning architect, and this description of a dream becomes reality: This is 234 Monte Grigio.
Tucked into the enclave just south of the Getty Villa and located just up Porto Marina Way, this home is accessible from both the Pacific Coast Highway and Sunset, a boon in these traffic-dense times. Despite its proximity to the casual-cool of Malibu, sophistication of Santa Monica, and small-town feel of the Pacific Palisades, step inside and the outside world disappears.
Seen from the street is an exterior stairway that zig-zags up the façade of the open glass structure’s central portion, grounding the home’s two wings, which appear poised for flight (the northern end, which lifts slightly, practically confirms this initial impression). The sculptural nature of the design reveals architect Colby Mayes’s time working with the iconic Frank Gehry: wood and glass, steel and concrete are perfectly proportionate for a modern house that exudes warmth and welcome.
Once inside and through the home’s main second floor entryway, one enters the central living space. Polished light oak floors and large expanses of sliding glass doors and delicately framed windows work in tandem, bouncing light about. Mayes has untangled the confusion of the great room that has dominated most homes designed in recent years, cleverly assembling a floor plan for the main level that encompasses the benefits of a great room while hurdling past its challenges. The interplay of public and private spaces, light and shadow, create a rhythm that harnesses modern architecture in service of the messy, chaotic realities of life.
For formal entertaining, the living room, dining room and kitchen are primed to be called into action: the trio work together to provide the ideal backdrop for a number of occasions. Before dinner, cocktails in the living room features an atmosphere warmed by a crackling fire, treetop views of the water and the lush central atrium. Pass the chef-prepped hors d’oeuvres then adjourn to the dining room, which is hidden from direct view of the kitchen where discreet culinary orchestrations are accompanied by a 270-degree view of the sun’s farewell, which blares a rainbow of colors into the sky.
Throughout the home glass railings ensure unimpeded views. Open the sliding glass panes and let in cooling ocean breezes while guests, mesmerized by the visual spectacle, are drawn to the balcony. There are few homes to mar a view that spans from the Queen’s Necklace to Point Dume with Catalina visible in the distance.
Beyond the elegant affair, this home is just as suited to handle the informal activities of day-to-day living. Take the large kitchen: playing peekaboo with the home’s more formal rooms and open to the comfortable family room and the lush backyard, it forms a nucleus for togetherness.
This generous space is anchored by an expansive marble-topped island with a long breakfast bar and inset with a microwave, convenient for young kids mastering their independence; a smaller breakfast bar creates a subtle divide between the kitchen and the family room, while Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances and double dishwashers equip the space to manage a crowd. Surely this home should expect one.
To that end, there is an outdoor shower, fire pit and built-in barbecue paired with a salt-water pool and spa, making for a space that is equally well-equipped to cope with weekend parties, late-night cocktails, or quieter Sunday mornings. The office, which overlooks the pool, makes work here more appealing, as well. Poised high above neighboring homes, this space enjoys privacy from prying eyes. Go ahead, enjoy an evening swim or a stolen moment before slipping off to bed, which is integral to what continues this sweetest of dreams.
Cloistered behind the northern end of the second floor, and cleverly secluded behind a living room wall, the master bedroom is a secret retreat. Fling open the walnut door to find a true sanctuary, anchored by book-matched stone. Sliding glass doors open the room to the deck and exterior, embracing a picture-perfect view of the landscape that outshines any art. Skylights illuminate a marble and walnut bathroom, whose visual elegance is supported by its luxuries: a steam shower, a soaking tub and double basin sinks. A walk-in closet and a fireplace, meanwhile, complete a picture of sensuousness and rejuvenation.
That peacefulness is also a facet of the serene lower level, which radiates a diffused glow from sunbeams filtered through the home’s central landscaped atrium—koi pond included—that tucks three large en-suite bedroom into its expanse. There’s also a second family room here, as well as a theater, gym, and oversized laundry room complete with a laundry chute and pet spa. Teenaged children and their parents will love the anonymity this level offers.
On clear nights, with stars visible through the thick blanket of the night sky, one envisions ascending the exterior stairs to the third level deck. While marveling at the vista seen from the dining room and magnifying it with a bird’s eye view, one is reminded why Los Angeles is called the City of Angels. Heavenly, indeed
Anthony Marguleas | 310.293.9280
of Amalfi Estates
List Price $9,200,000
Thoughtfully designed, this modern Hollywood Hills West sanctuary stuns with panoramic scenes of the city, ocean and mountains
Impeccable, eye-catching craftsmanship is the hallmark of this newly built mid-century modern home designed by notable New York architect firm Fu Wilmers Design. Situated high atop the Sunset Strip in Hollywood Hills West, the sleek structure is laden with all of the latest bells and whistles…not the least of which is some pretty stunning indoor-outdoor environs courtesy of soaring panels of sliding glass doors and windows offering premium city views, all set above a sparkling-blue, zero-edge infinity pool.
“We represent all sorts of homes in the hills, but it is refreshing to see something of such quality, sophistication and refinement,” says Jacob Greene, who is co-listing the property with Joshua Altman, both of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, for $7.495 million. “This is bespoke from inception…leaps and bounds above the competition.”
Set at 1807 Blue Heights Drive—on a quiet street with views across the Los Angeles basin to the Pacific Ocean—the gleaming, five-bedroom residence features 5,500-plus square feet of open, flowing living space on three levels. Expect plenty of opulent enhancements, including a full Miele kitchen, as well as a sumptuous master retreat boasting a knife-edged dropped ceiling, an attractive media and fireplace wall, and a marble-clad bath with a separate walk-in shower, soaking tub overlooking large windows, dual floating vanities and German Badeloft fixtures.
Adding an element of surprise is a sprawling lower-level space that serves as a sky-lit platform for the levels above, raising them high to enjoy the views. Among the posh trappings found within: a bar, wine storage and tasting room, gym and 12-seat Dolby Atmos theater—all combining to make this integrated smart home an entertainer’s paradise.
Joshua Altman DRE 01764587
and Jacob Greene DRE 01933997
of Douglas Elliman 310.415.2653
List Price $7.495 million
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE
8408 Hillside Avenue is a timeless masterpiece and a rare opportunity to own one of the most architecturally significant properties in Los Angeles. Don’t miss the photo gallery below👇
Its immense size (A whopping 20,058 square feet!) and eye-catching views are just some of the standout features of this newly built, one-of-a-kind estate designed and crafted by the renowned South Africa-based architecture and design firm SAOTA. The firm’s first-ever ground-up construction project in L.A., it’s one of the largest homes ever built in the Hollywood Hills, and offers beautifully framed jetliner vistas of the San Gabriel Mountains, Downtown L.A., Century City, Beverly Hills and ocean from almost every room in the house, among many other outstanding bespoke features. It’s featured in the Netflix series Selling Sunset, also many celebrities have called these hills home, like Usher’s Hillside Avenue Villa.
“It’s one of the biggest homes in the Hollywood Hills, with one of the longest swimming pools and roof decks in the city,” says David Parnes, who is co-listing the architectural-style property with his Million Dollar Listing LA co-star James Harris, both of The Agency, for $43.9 million. “Additionally, the master closet is absolutely incredible. The design and detailing is unparalleled, with warm tones and beautiful finishes. Our client spent close to $1 million and four years burying the power lines to create unobstructed, 270-degree views over the whole city.”
Set at 8408 Hillside Ave—atop a promontory overlooking the Sunset Strip in Hollywood Hills West—the five-bedroom, nine-bath residence features plenty of show-stopping enhancements. Think automated glass sliding doors that open to reveal seamless indoor-outdoor environs; a glass elevator; an infrared laser dome that captures the entire house for security; and a Crestron smart home system. Elements of fire and water also populate the attractive abode, including a 12-foot internal cascading waterfall that spills into an atrium below, with other highlights including a car showroom with room for 10 automobiles and a curated wine cellar.
5 Bed | 9 Bath | 20,058 sqft | 270° Panoramic Views | 12-Ft Internal Waterfall
Among the other show-stopping attributes is an executive office; showroom-quality kitchen designed and supplied by Italian vendor Ernestomeda with Miele appliances and a separate butler’s kitchen; state-of-the-art movie theater; and game room. A wellness center comes complete with hot and cold plunge spas, a sauna, steam room, gym and massage area, while the spacious, approximately 2,800-square-foot master suite sports an oversized, Porado-designed walk-in dressing room imported from Lake Como, Italy, as well as a terrace with a private spa.
✓ 22,216-square-foot lot
✓ 163-foot wraparound infinity pool that has its own palm tree and $500K worth of exotic tiles
✓ A bar; sunken fire pit with lounge; yoga deck; and 15-foot TV.
✓ A 2,000-plus-square-foot rooftop terrace boasting a dining area, bar, spa, and lounge
✓ Overlooks 270° views from the San Gabriel Mountains to Downtown L.A. to Santa Monica and Catalina Island
8408 Hillside is a timeless masterpiece and a rare opportunity to own one of the most architecturally significant properties in Los Angeles.~David Parnes
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David Parnes & James Harris of THE AGENCY
List Price: $43.9 million
Set in Summerland, Santa Barbara, GARDE House occupies the second level of the retail outlet GARDE shop, where visiting Angelenos can shop till they drop, then recover with a short-term stay at the fully furnished one-bedroom right above it. Maybe pick up the sofa as a souvenir on the way out?
A distillation of the L.A.-born brand, the quintessentially Cali-styled GARDE House exhibits effortlessly elevated design. Attuned to proportion, the “apartment” (perhaps if compared to a McMansion, but at 1,100 square feet, a good-sized bungalow) is exquisitely appointed with contemporary design pieces so that one can see how to curate the aesthetic. Even better, experience how it might feel to live with the environment for a day or two. (Spoiler: It feels great.)
“We wanted to have an extension of the shop/showroom space where we could show our collections in the context of a home,” says John Davidson, co-owner of GARDE with Scotti Sitz. “Of course, the bonus is that guests can purchase everything in the apartment for their own home, as well.” Shop the space and it’s likely to be a spree, because GARDE has all the goods, from furnishings and accents to textiles and gifts.
Both retail and residential spaces are housed in a 1921 barn-style building that is a bit of a showpiece, and key to the overall sensibility of the project. The apartment alone offers a one-bedroom with a living room, dining area, kitchen, bathroom, and outside deck. Look past the contemporary lines and find herringbone white oak flooring meant to evoke an early 20th century European aesthetic, blending eras and styles, not to mention realms.
“We are certainly not the first to combine residential and retail,” says Davidson, “but we believe that our mix of furniture, lighting and accessories is an outstanding presentation of the GARDE brand,” which draws inspiration for its apartment and stores from a wellspring of sources. Of these references, Davidson cites Belgian architects such as Vincent Van Duysen and Nicolas Schuybroek as top of mind.
“I am also constantly inspired by Joseph Dirand and Ilse Crawford, who are masters at giving older spaces a modern feel while remaining true to the architectural integrity of the original space,” he says. “Everything I select for GARDE is something that I would want in my own home.” Which is what makes the apartment cherry-picked perfection.
The location of Summerland was selected similarly. “We used to visit Summerland and were regular customers at the antique store that was housed in our building for 47 years,” says Davidson. Though not looking to expand their brand, when the opportunity presented itself, he and Sitz decided, in the parlance of the design maverick, to “go for it.” The serendipity likely stops here, though, with the Summerland concept the last of the duo’s planned expansions. “Two shops is enough for us” says Davidson, who is focused on refining the brand and bringing new designs to the United States. But customers? Well, we can’t get enough. gardeshop.com
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF SAM FROST
Abad sold his janitorial corporation 16 years ago and entered real estate.
Donations from his Tower 60 merchandise go to the El Segundo Education Foundation.
COMMISSIONS FOR SCHOOLS
In 2007, Abad founded Commissions for Education, where real estate agents contribute 1 percent of their commissions to local schools
Alex Abad has spent the last 16 years in real estate—a pivot from an earlier chapter spent building up, and ultimately selling, his majority stake in a successful Los Angeles janitorial company that he and his wife founded. During his time in real estate, the bulk of which has been focused in El Segundo, the place he’s called home for over 30 years, Abad’s been a bright light in welcoming new companies to the charmed coastal town (over 200 have come to El Segundo in last few years alone).
“There are many developing sites that are going to bring hundreds, if not thousands, of employees,” says Abad. “They all will need housing, not just in El Segundo, but in the South Bay.” Gifted with a close proximity to LAX and a charmed quality of life, which includes a strong public education system, El Segundo is a magnet for families, points out Abad. “It’s completely different than any place in the South Bay.”
A relatively low supply of single-family homes crossed with strong demand equals a strong position in local real estate. It’s a good place to be, and keeps Abad and his growing team, which includes daughter, Amie Abad-Schneider, busy at his brick office on Grand Avenue. “I’m in a constant state of creating,” says Abad. “I don’t set goals, I create motion.”
His investment in the community is increasingly moving beyond selling houses. Abad is the former head of the El Segundo Education Foundation and founder of Commissions for Education (where fellow agents donate 1 percent of their commission to the school district in which the sale took place) and has been pleasantly surprised by the grassroots momentum of his Tower 60 initiative.
It started with a photo he took of the local lifeguard tower. It was a great shot, and Abad’s wife encouraged him to put a graphic of the image on coffee cups and give them to clients as gifts. He did so, and also listed the cups on Facebook, where he was inundated with requests. “I found myself shipping cups to Hawaii and throughout the states for free, because people wanted them,” he explains. In turn, Abad suggested that recipients donate to the El Segundo Education Foundation.
That was 2016. To date, thousands of Tower 60 coffee cups have been distributed. So have nearly 20,000 baseball hats, and if you live in the South Bay, then chances are you’ve spotted a Tower 60 sticker on a car too. All proceeds—tens of thousands of dollars so far—go to the El Segundo Education Foundation, or other like-minded organizations selected by Abad. “It’s become a real symbol of a brand that gives back 100 percent,” he says.
Ultimately Tower 60 and everything it represents—El Segundo, helping others—has been rolled into the Abad brand as a whole, and there are many parallels. “It comes from the way that you work,” he says of establishing one’s professional identity. “How knowledgeable, respectful, ethical you are.” That, and investing in others
ALEX ABAD | 310.877.6488
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF ALEX ABAD REAL ESTATE GROUP
Residences situated within the heart of the San Francisco Bay blend the topography of the island with seamless indoor and outdoor living environs.
Coming soon: a chance to own a home in a distinct setting on a naturally formed island in the heart of San Francisco Bay, complete with panoramic views, wellness-minded amenities, and 72 acres of preserved space rife with parks, beaches, and hiking and biking trails—all just 10 minutes from downtown. When completed in 2021, Yerba Buena Island will feature 266 luxury condos, flats and townhomes (with The Agency Development Group starting sales in early 2020).
Residents of the project—developed by Wilson Meany and Stockbridge Capital Group—also will be privy to The Island Club, which includes a lounge, dining room, bar, game room, spa, sauna, massage room, fitness studio and outdoor lap pool. Says Chris Meany, Wilson Meany’s co-founder and managing partner: “We’ve enlisted a world-class team to create a place that celebrates the hallmarks of what drew people to San Francisco in the first place—a modern spirit, creative culture, laid-back atmosphere and surrounding natural beauty.”
YERBA BUENA ISLAND
Renew, Waikiki’s original boutique hotel, was reimagined in summer 2019 to offer travelers a new type of wellness experience centered around holistic Hawaiian healing.
Waikiki’s former Hotel Renew has been undergoing a multimillion-dollar redesign and rebranding led by Honolulu’s The Vanguard Theory and will debut as OLS Hotels and Resort’s new 72-room Renew retreat in July 2019, complete with a focus centered around holistic offerings. Expect the property to feature amenities and activities designed to connect guests to local wellness, fitness and beauty partners, including social and environmental experiences from bicycle tours to reviving a historic fish pond, astrology readings, beach yoga, aromatherapy crystals to enhance sleep and much more.
Also new: revamped guest rooms, corridors, lobby and lobby bar set amid an inviting yet chic mid-century minimalist meets tropical modern design boasting a palette of sandy neutrals, terra-cotta and pops of black. “Renew has been reimagined as an intimate retreat for those seeking a deeper connection to Hawai’i beyond its traditional tourist spots,” says General Manager Thomas Harris. “We look forward to providing our guests with meaningful and memorable stays.”
129 Paoakalani Ave. Honolulu, HI
PHOTOGRAPHS: HAYES DAVIDSON (TOP) AND RENEW (BOTTOM)
The soulful property at 2960 Via Alvarado in Palos Verdes Estates richly embodies fun-loving character and elegant design. Designed in Monterey style, the playful hilltop abode along lower Lunada Bay is suitable for both entertaining and kicking life into a slower gear, if only for a bit.
Owner and designer of this custom home, Tim Watts embraced the old adage of slowing down and enjoying the journey when he conceptualized this estate. With a multitude of charming outdoor spaces, cozy spots for conversation, and a one of a kind built-in wet bar, Watts put together a social pad with laid-back charisma where at every turn one finds a quaint spot to relax, meditate or just take in the delightful smells of flowers and the sea air.
“I have different spots I spend time in around the house and yard each day,” shares Watts, an artist and builder, as well. Among the myriad leisure locations ideal for contemplation are a gravel-topped garden area with built-in seating and firepit and exotic garden filled with artichokes and grapes.
“What I really like about this home, aside from the incredible character and style of living it evokes, is [that] the view is as panoramic as the houses directly below it on Paseo Del Mar,” shares Realtor Charlie Raine of Ruth and Raine, “but with the slightly higher elevation, you get a depth of view that is unattainable from the ocean front homes.”
Overlooking a quintessential cove high above the Pacific, the five-bedroom, four-bath, 3,714-square-foot home owns protected whitewater ocean vistas of Catalina and all along the coastline. Sunset is especially inviting from this perspective, with views from balconies on both the first and second floors and even from the terraced backyard. Watts even built a turquoise, Tiki-style picnic bench around a stone column on the front patio for dining al fresco or enjoying a “sundowner” when in vacation mode.
Inside, the home is light and bright with tons of wooden casement windows and smoothly plastered walls that reflect light all around the spaces. Particularly well cared for Bori hardwood floors from Africa offer a particular shine while custom wrought iron, designed by Watts, wraps the staircase and dramatic front doors in the entry. Curved archways and gallery alcoves add hacienda-style charm to the home.
Recently renovated, the kitchen features new cabinets in a soft, antiqued blue with a backsplash of shimmering penny tiles reflective of the ocean just outside the windows. A large kitchen island and adjacent oversized breakfast room make morning socializing a delight. Connecting the breakfast room to the game room is a handmade glass sliding door for easy access. The game room includes a built-in bar and an outdoor patio. Of this labor of love, Watt shares, “I hand laid each individual tile in the cloistered ceiling in the bar while my kids sat there . . . doing homework.”
A formal dining room with French doors opening onto a large patio with a fireplace and built-in stone seating, two living areas with outstanding views and a hand-carved fireplace, and a guest bedroom and bathroom, complete the first level of the home. To reach the second floor, which hosts the balance of the bedrooms, one must ascend ergonomically built stairs with skylights above. Of these spaces, the incredible master bedroom suite soars above the ocean with views as far as the eye can see.
The open floor plan seamlessly blends the sleeping area, full-size living area and en-suite bath. This stunning space features architecturally designed vaulted ceilings, a fireplace, and a custom-made shoji-style sliding door with a sheer scrim to slightly shield the oversize tub. The master bath also includes richly designed dual vanities, custom wrought iron sconces and chandeliers hanging from vaulted ceilings with skylights and a large walk-in closet.
Watts made the remaining bedrooms just as special. The two ocean-view bedrooms, which have vaulted ceilings with play lofts for kids (perfect for a reading space, dollhouse or fort), share a large balcony and dual vanity bath. The final bedroom is en-suite, and features a private balcony with outlooks of the beautifully landscaped backyard.
Outside are meandering paths and seating areas trimmed in lush greenery and canopies of trees. Picnic benches and a rope swing add playfulness. Adjacent, a three-car garage partially converted to a large studio with sliding barn doors is a great spot for a home gym or a dining table for entertaining a large group after a fun day at the beach, which is just a 10-minute drive down the hill.
Set in a tranquil setting, this delightful home, which embodies a poignant yet relaxing appeal, whisks one away from the rushes of life. The upscale-cool vibe paired with incredible quality and craftsmanship built into the hilltop haven, make it a treasure with a value of the truest, richest kind.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY Paul Jonason
Bill Ruth | 310.621.2885 | DRE 01047519
Charlie Raine | 310.377.4932 | DRE00982925
and Carissa Wright | 310.987.1829 | DRE 01984832
of Ruth & Raine
List Price $3,895,000
When architect Sanam de Loren set out to design a “Home in the Hills,” her goal was to create minimalistic, awe-inspiring, luxury spaces that fashion a truly healthy environment for the mind, body and soul. The result? This ultra-modern architectural gem boasting cutting-edge, high-tech systems that not only improve air quality, but also regulate energy levels, hormonal balance, appetite, productivity and sleep quality, as well as artwork to foster a sense of inner calm, and a living vertical garden that doubles as natural air-filtration system.
A bonus: It’s also appealing to the eye—with a curving façade reminiscent of ocean waves, wind and clouds, and spatially fluid interiors fostering a feeling of physical openness and emotional peace—not to mention jetliner vistas from Downtown L.A. to the Pacific Ocean from its prime locale above the Getty.
“My approach is to create spaces that generate motion,” says de Loren of the architectural design firm de Loren & Associates, who is listing the property at 12255 Sky Lane in Brentwood with Santiago Arana and Mauricio Umansky of The Agency for $42 million. “I want my homes to reflect that notion of soft movement that appeases the mind, allows the mind to wonder, allows the mind to think, and allows the mind to be at peace and never be limited by a space.
The feeling of openness, of infinity, is always present in my spaces. Therefore, wellness, for me, means a house that conforms to specific physiological, emotional, as well as aero-dynamical spatial principals, which ultimately create a healthy structure where people can thrive.” A structure quite like this one.
Built by Barry Simzar’s Channel Development, the seven-bedroom, 11-bath home offers 16,7000 square feet of living space on three levels. Among the first-class wellness features: a Darwin Home Wellness Intelligence Network by Delos with built-in sensors to detect deteriorating indoor air quality and clean the air accordingly, and circadian lighting that mimics the patterns of natural sunlight. \
De Loren also commissioned three one-of-a-kind sculptures for the house—all geared toward generating internal calm—including a walnut wood piece in the main entry foyer created by Japanese master craftsman Toshi Kawabata. An adjacent indoor vertical garden, meanwhile, doubles as a 3-D, living piece of artwork and natural air-filtration system.
Creature comforts also are front and center in the state-of-the-art structure. Think an Italian marble driveway that provides access via a glass-walled elevator to a rooftop garden that also serves as an auto gallery for more than 20 vehicles; a 650-bottle wine cellar; 13-seat movie theater; gym; sauna; and lower level entertainment area with a full bar and pool table. Outside, the 10,000-square-foot backyard holds a 75-foot, glass-tiled infinity-edge pool with an under-water sound system, Jacuzzi, 400-square-foot Japanese zen-style garden, stunning water wall designed by artist Mario Romano, and 300-tree fruit orchard.
PHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY OF THE AGENCY
Santiago Arana DRE 01492489
and Mauricio Umansky DRE 1222825
of The Agency