Architecture // Design

Los Angeles At Your Front Door

Los Angeles At Your Front Door

A home in a quiet enclave celebrates unparalleled views and a sprawling floor plan that put the wonders of Los Angeles at the front door.

Heading north through Laurel Canyon, just as the narrow, leafy boulevard starts to ascend toward Studio City and the Valley, an animated sign that with its stylized lettering and tall columns seems like a remnant from a Vegas casino, heralds the entry to Mount Olympus. Don’t be fooled into thinking its faux-Grecian theatricality is indicative of what lies just beyond it. The sign does its work magnificently, shielding the area from anyone but residents and visitors.

Maneuver up the main drive and one is grateful: Despite its proximity to the busy Sunset Strip, the bustling streets of West Hollywood and beyond, the 300-acre development is a quiet, bucolic, and beautifully maintained hillside retreat of just over 400 single family homes bordering wide, curving streets. The uphill drive is a rare pleasure for the automotive enthusiast; lightly-traveled roads, outlined by slender cypress trees, evoke the Tuscan countryside.

Founded in 1969 by actor and producer turned real estate developer Russ Vincent, this area’s street names are paeans to the mythical gods of ancient Greece. The view from residences, glimpsed from the car en route to the destination, underlines the name Mount Olympus with breathtaking panoramas that, on a clear day and unobstructed by power lines, stretch from Downtown all the way to the ocean. There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy these scenes from the home at 2284 Hercules Drive, which has been designed to bask in their magnificence.

Celebration is top of mind from the moment the door to this house opens and the water feature that flanks the entryway sounds itself. An open entry, lit by a custom light fixture, offers another welcome. It’s not unusual to stand at the doorway in awe. A sprawling open-plan living area unrolls towards walls of glass that frame the stunning scenery that forms the backdrop for almost every moment to occur in this home, including those that happen in the master bedroom suite, which also enjoys this spectacular vista.

Even the elegant luxuries—a walk-in closet by one of Italy’s leading manufacturer’s; a spa tub and capacious steam shower, its walls lined in a exuberantly veined marble made luminous from light that pours in through the bathroom’s generous skylight; an astounding floor paved with flawless, oversized slabs of marble; and another wall of closets that stretches across one of the room’s walls—pale in comparison to the world beyond the windows.

Like suites in other homes of similar size, the bedroom encompasses a sitting area; unlike them, however, the one in this suite will likely find frequent use, positioned to enjoy the outstanding landscape throughout the day. If sleeping with the shades up, one can expect to rise with the dawn, then walk out onto the expansive terrace that sweeps around the house. Sun salutations were designed for this setting: done here, they’re a true spiritual awakening.

Even the kitchen, tucked at the far end of this impressive 6,700-plus square-foot home, basks in the glow of magic views, which are echoed in the home office/guest bedroom just below. Sunlight sparkles across a large waterfall island of snow-white Carrera marble.

This is only one in the long list of sumptuous finishes that support this home’s elegance; others include sleek white marble slabs fanning out to cover the floors; polished wood highlighting the divider separating the three junior bedrooms onto their own corridor just to the left of the front door; a wall of copper studs that punctuate the dining room’s back wall; and a glittering temperature-controlled wine rack that divides the entryway and dining area, storing the vintage one will inevitably need for any number of occasions.

Without a doubt, this home was born to play the consummate host for a whole year of events: from the New Year’s Eve that will find guests crowding onto the terrace that wraps around three-quarters of the house, to a Fourth of July fireworks display; to a romantic Valentine’s Day midnight swim in the suspended infinity pool, the city lights sparkling in the distance; to summer brunches that merge into poolside afternoons and nighttime barbecues. For these times, the sliding doors fully open to the exterior, so that those can wander in and out, finding a favorite spot, morning until night.

Gas fireplaces scattered throughout the rooms ensure comfort, even as the waning sun puts a chill in the air. Later, the sauna waits downstairs. Finally, wrapped in thick terry robes in the media room, before the blackout shades roll down, it’s time to watch the first rays of the sun turn the sky a luminous pink. One doesn’t need rose-colored glasses to see the world—not when one lives above the clouds.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON

Presented By 

Ari Shram | 310.280.8854
of The Agency

Vlad Gold | 310.403.3969
Natalia Gold | 310.650.6073
Dan Heston | 310.701.4310
of Keller Williams Realty

List Price $8,995,000

ON TOP OF THE WORLD

ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Hovering above the city like a floating palace, Penthouse 40—the Mansion in the Sky—is the epitome of modern luxury living at the highest level.

Acquired for $20 million in 2017 by actor, comedian and playwright Matthew Perry—best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the TV sitcom Friends—this full-floor circular penthouse atop one of the L.A.’s most exclusive buildings hit the market recently with a whopping $35 million price tag. What does the new homeowner lucky enough to snag this ritzy four-bedroom, eight-bath trophy property garner for doling out that much cash?

All of the luxe accoutrements one would expect, including 9,290 square feet of lavish living space that has been renovated and upgraded during the past two years by architect Scott Joyce and interior designer LM Pagano into a striking contemporary yet classic showpiece—replete with jaw-dropping skyline and ocean views in every direction via massive floor-to-ceiling walls of windows and a quartet of oversized terraces—not to mention a swath of amenities from a 24-hour concierge to private wine storage and much more.

“It has been transformed by the owner into a spectacular and unique environment consisting of a full floor of the most stunning views one can imagine,” says Greg Holcomb, who is co-listing the property with Cassandra Petersen, both of Compass. “There is no other high-rise home in the city that can compare; it is a one-of-a-kind experience.”

Spanning the entire 40th floor of The Century—a 42-story, Robert A.M. Stern Architects-designed luxury condo tower found at 1 West Century Drive—Penthouse 40 currently is the most expensive condo listing in L.A. and one floor below the 15,000-square-foot, two-floor unit purchased by Candy Spelling, widow of TV producer Aaron Spelling, according to Forbes. Expect exquisite finishes throughout and all of the custom creature comforts imaginable in chic but playful environs, including a plush, state-of-the-art movie theater and wide entrance galley ideal for displaying artwork or collectibles.

Among the other show-stopping attributes is an expansive living room with space for a pool table. A sleek gourmet kitchen comes complete with granite countertops, a spacious marble-topped center island, duo of wine fridges and breakfast nook, while the sumptuous master retreat offers a seating area with fireplace, dual baths and walk-in closets, and breathtaking panoramic vistas courtesy of a semi-circular bank of floor-to-ceiling windows.

An added bonus? The building’s aforementioned amenities and services, which in addition to an around-the-clock concierge and screen room, include full-time security; a 75-foot-long pool with cabanas; top-of-the-line gym and fitness studio; library; full-service restaurant; and 4 acres of gardens.

During the past decade-plus, Perry has purchased homes from Malibu to the Hollywood Hills, as well as Penthouse 40 at The Century. He is reportedly selling the unit now that he’s spending more time in New York.

PRESENTED BY

GREG HOLCOMB (DRE # 01347788) & CASSANDRA PETERSEN (DRE #01969956) of COMPASS

310.435.3711

LIST PRICE $35 MILLION

 

 

 

Images provided by Michael MacNamara and Jason Speth

Pastoral Vison

PASTORAL VISION

Award-winning vineyards and a notable mid-century home with a Mediterranean feel boost a sprawling hilltop property in Rolling Hills.

In the middle of last century, Ernest Hahn saw the future and it was shopping centers. The doors opened on his first project in 1965, and from then on, Hahn rode a cresting wave, designing shopping malls and retail centers in 18 states. When it came to building his personal residence in Rolling Hills, Hahn applied the same creativity and precision that made him a pioneer of the American public square.

His sprawling mid-century home, completed in 1970, still stands as a luxurious perch above the city and ocean. “Hahn picked the greatest lot and built one of the finest homes,” says real estate agent and architecture expert Gerard Bisignano. Before one details its charms, it’s important to note that the residence sits on a seldom-heard-of expanse of land: 5 acres, spanning an agriculturist’s dream of mellow organic gardens and a fruit orchard that includes fig, apricot, peach and persimmon trees.

In addition there’s a bounty of over 2,500 chardonnay and pinot noir vines planted in the mid-2000s that produce about 275 cases a year of excellent wines. There are olive oil trees, too, over 100 of them, diverse in their points of Mediterranean origin and yielding hundreds of liters of olive oil each year.

So fine are the fruits of this land that the wine is award-winning (the chardonnay has been rated 91 points by Wine Enthusiast; the pinot noir 93 points), and snapped up by local buyers, Terranea Resort among them, along with the olive oil and bounty of fruits and vegetables produced each year. The vineyards, et al., are courtesy of the home’s current owners, who originally hail from Greece and reworked the lands anew.

“There was no landscaping, there was absolutely nothing,” says homeowner Dimitri Bizoumis of the state of the property when he and wife Leah purchased it in 2000. “To create something like this, it doesn’t matter how much money you have. It’s a lifetime process that we did in parts.

” These days, the land stands as a scene plucked from their Mediterranean childhoods, and they revel in the maturity of their planting, completed over the last two decades, which yields an Eden-like catalogue of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. “Everything will be ready for the next buyer,” points out Bizoumis.

The home’s architectural heritage has been sagely maintained, starting from its low-lying, angular exterior, decked mostly in glass and softened by a low-pitched roof and vertical white cladding. Stonework, consisting of gray and beige Palos Verdes stone, reinforces the terra firma atmosphere of the property and is used strategically to clad chimneys and beams on the exterior and interior, as well as to introduce the residence, appearing along the driveway and shaped into a sweeping staircase that leads to the front door.

An interesting feature—a dense stone wall that flows from the exterior entrance of the home and into its foyer—signals the home’s connection to the outdoors. “The house actually probably looks better today than when it was brand new,” remarks Bisignano, giving credit to the current homeowners’ for their careful upgrades and upkeep.

The introduction of the home’s interior is a sun-filled great room with, at its center, a sunken living room with a gently angled ceiling of exposed ridge beam and rafters, and tongue-and-groove roof planks painted soft blue. Walnut floors, softly gleaming and rich in character and color, lend a natural elegance to rooms where little ornamentation is needed so intense are the views. One is treated to a panorama of blue skies, verdant natural landscape and endless ocean, a view that’s forever thanks to the property’s high elevation.

“A mid-century modern in Rolling Hills is extremely rare,” says Bisignano, pointing out that homes located here are, nearly exclusively, traditional ranch or Mediterranean in style.

This residence, designed by Hahn and an architect who worked with him on commercial projects, was constructed to offer up the choicest views at strategic points inside and outside of the home, which spans 6,200 square feet and includes six bedrooms and six baths, along with an abundance of fresh-air spaces. Cherished privacy, too. “I would drive by the property over the years before I bought it,” says Bizoumis, who’s lived in the area since the late-1980s. “As you drive by on the street you can see all the land, but not the house.”

The pool deck is one of many secluded escapes: a spacious area neatly landscaped with lavender and other plants, and flanked with mature, overhanging trees for shade. Framed with decorative stone, the swimming pool is home to a spacious built-in spa, and sports a Mediterranean touch in the form of three jets flowing water from the stone and into the water.

Adjacent to the pool is a roomy outdoor kitchen and dining area with a grand wood-burning oven as its centerpiece. In all, this space calls for sun-splashed, afternoon parties where more is the merrier. Bizoumis recounts the many fundraisers he and his wife have hosted over the years, “where we have 100, 150 people and the guests wander around the property.” Then there’s the intimate gatherings, he points out, “where everybody goes out in the garden and picks their favorite vegetable or fruit, and we come back and cook all together.”

Another inspired spot is an al fresco viewing deck accessible from the great room via an oversized sliding glass panel. Step outside and it feels like one might be at a hilltop resort far away—especially at sunset, surveying the brilliant shift of colors across the ocean and sky. Or at night, when backlit by the glitter of city lights below, the blackness of sky creates a stunning canvas.

“It’s an experience, it’s a lifestyle,” Bizoumis describes life at the top of the hill, likening the property to a piece of artwork, exceedingly rare, “like a beautiful Picasso, or Renoir or Matisse.” He says: “You wake up in the morning, you see the surroundings, you have breakfast from your own fruit—and then you get inspired.” Returning at the end of the day one can retreat into one’s private idyll.

“This house is truly one of the absolute best lots in the city of Rolling Hills, maybe in all of Palos Verdes,” says Gerard Bisignano, who himself grew up in the community. “Not only for its spectacular views, but for 5 acres of nearly all usable land.” The current owners have christened the place Villa Oniero, which means “House of Dreams” and is a fitting descriptor for the ethereal maze of vineyards, gardens and grassy spreads, sunlit and situated on the hillside, with the Pacific Ocean not far away.

Nearby is the sophisticated, airy residence that Ernest Hahn, a master of creating pleasing spaces, meticulously fashioned many years ago for the maximum enjoyment of this majestic slice of Earth—a vision that’s been smartly carried on and expanded by its current owners, and is now ready for its next chapter.

WRITTEN BY CONSTANCE DUNN PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON

PRESENTED BY

Gerard Bisignano

310.990.4727

DRE #01116110

Vista Sotheby’s

International Realty

List Price

$19,800,000

CHATEAU de GRACE

CHATEAU
de GRACE

First-class amenities, elegant and expansive grounds and unparalleled privacy equal an elevated view of Malibu living, with a French twist.

While many properties assume estate status to project a notion of expansiveness and glamour, few truly deserve the moniker. A true estate denotes a home that ticks every crucial box: breathtaking views and expansive acreage with a beautiful house whose design is at once timeless and contemporary, where gracious public rooms and elegant private quarters are perfectly harmonious.

This property also must support a full range of activities, from tennis to horseback riding, swimming to sunbathing. It must be impeccably landscaped with beautiful gardens that are both a visual and gustatory delight. Of course, location, privacy and accessibility must be accounted for too. The final flourish: that the property standout among its perceived equals, offering that je ne sais quoi that makes it truly memorable. So it is that 3250 Serra Road positions itself as the ideally imagined estate.

Overlooking the Pacific, the estate’s French-inspired chateau lords over nearly 5 acres. Located in Malibu’s prestigious Serra Retreat, and nestled within the hills of lower Malibu Canyon, it is as its name suggests: a true respite from the hustle and bustle of city life with two well-guarded entrances (one on Cross Creek Road, the other off Pacific Coast Highway). An exclusive enclave limited to 100 lots, its winding roads, mature sycamore trees and fragrant eucalyptus groves settle a Zen sensibility over the area that is underscored by the Franciscan monastery at the center of the neighborhood.

While well-hidden from the long lens of paparazzi cameras and casual-day trippers, the location nevertheless offers easy accessibility to Malibu’s natural and man-made charms—its high-end boutiques and specialty shops, well-loved restaurants (Malibu Farm at The Pier is mere moments away), pristine beaches, winding hiking paths, profuse of horse trails and weekly farmers’ market. Such centrality means that even the Palisades, Santa Monica and Venice are only a short and pleasant drive south. Straddling residential sophistication and solitude, this estate enjoys the best of both worlds.

But while location is pivotal to the real estate picture, a home of its echelon demands more. This home exceeds expectations before one arrives at the front door, with the soft golden glow, variegated landscaping, wrought-iron touches, stone fencing and warm wooden window and door frames all exterior elements that speak to southern France. This initial impression is only reinforced inside the main residence, which, despite its palatial 7,814 square feet, is immediately inviting. Rooms here manage that European trick of being at once grand and architecturally well proportioned, never crossing the fine line separating generous from cavernous.

One will be quite keen to welcome a professional chef into the home’s kitchen, which works well for casual cooking and grand entertaining. Designed by master chef Wolfgang Puck, the space is equal parts form and function, working as beautifully as it looks. From carved custom wood cabinetry to the views, the splendor of this behind-the-scenes room matches that which is also seen throughout the rest of the home. A long preparation counter, tasting island, and separate cooking station, along with plenty of square footage for a battery of waiters and prep cooks, will impress even the most veteran catering crew.

Certainly this home is beautifully suited for entertaining, if not the ideal vision of the word, when the wrought-iron gates swing open to usher guests past the home’s security outpost and into a fairytale land of ornate fountains, cascading water features, winding paths, rose gardens, and Monet-inspired lily ponds that conjure up the palaces of French nobility. This is underlined by a 17th century architectural folly, a whimsical feature of only the grandest homes, and the two-story ballroom, punctuated by a sparkling crystal chandelier. Glass pivot doors line the living spaces, capturing awe-inspiring mountain and ocean vistas.

Dazzle guests with a plethora of activities: there’s a six-stall equestrian facility and a riding ring; lighted tennis court with view terrace; Crestron-engineered cinema; resort-style pool with bathhouse; wood-paneled library; and barbecue area, where winding down the day means soaking in the warm glow emanating from the fireplace. No need for a jaunt to the farmers’ market, other than as an excursion—this home’s organic vegetable garden and fruit orchard ensure that the delights of fresh produce are always on the menu. Separate staff quarters, meanwhile, guarantee that every occupant of this home is well pampered.

While this home encourages creating occasion as a frequent exercise, whether hosting the memorable event to a simple get-together, this house was made for whatever the moment. With a glass filled with the last drops of a premium vintage plucked from the climate-controlled wine cellar, and indulged with a view from the master suite’s terrace, it’s clear: amid all this bliss is the sine qua non of luxurious estate living.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF SANDRO DAZZAN

PRESENTED BY

Sandro Dazzan 424.249.7040
 and  Cooper Mount 310.351.9002

The Agency

List Price $19,950,000

A Grand Combination

A GRAND COMBINATION

“This compound, perched above the street with total privacy, is the perfect family home and great for entertaining large parties or intimate gatherings,”
says Jade Mills

Built 22 years ago by legendary boxing superstar Sugar Ray Leonard and his wife, Bernadette Leonard, this enchanting Italian-style villa designed by renowned architect Richard Landry ranks as a definite knock-out. Think a prime locale on one of the most coveted streets in the highly sought-after Palisades Riviera, paired with almost every over-the-top amenity imaginable.

“This compound, perched above the street with total privacy, is the perfect family home and great for entertaining large parties or intimate gatherings,” says Jade Mills, International Luxury Ambassador, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Beverly Hills, who is listing the home for $51.995 million. “It is truly an exquisite property exuding European charm with serene living. It feels as though you are living in a resort, complete with privacy, golf, lounging in the sun by the sparkling pool, tennis and a totally separate guest house for your visitors.”

Found on an approximately 2-acre parcel of land on Amalfi Drive in the Riviera neighborhood—near the brand-new Palisades Village by Caruso, the area’s best in luxury shopping, fine dining and entertainment with a luxury cinema by Cinépolis—the seven-bedroom residence welcomes guests via an ivy-clad façade, grand motor court and garage nestled to the side, all behind a double gated entry offering unparalleled privacy and security. A second entryway provides access to the property grounds for additional privacy and convenience.

Once inside, 16,000-plus square feet of inviting yet elegant Hendrix Allardyce-designed living space is on display, complete with superior high-end touches including six fireplaces imported from Europe; stone flooring imported from Jerusalem; soaring vaulted ceilings; and seamless indoor-outdoor environs ideal for both lavish entertaining and intimate gatherings alike.

Among the highlights: a formal foyer that leads to a grand center hall that connects to the living room, formal dining room, solarium and gourmet kitchen with professional-grade appliances, a center island, breakfast bar and an adjoining family room.

Yet other show-stopping details include a sumptuous master retreat holding a fireplace, luxe bath, walk-in closets and a private terrace overlooking stunning ocean and canyon views, along with a solarium, large fitness center and movie theater.

Outdoors the expansive park-like grounds feature abundant patio space, a pool and spa, tennis court, a putting green and immaculate rose gardens. And complementing this home’s alluring appeal is a detached, two-story guesthouse adjacent to the pool that features a lower-level kitchen, and a second-floor bedroom and bath.

Says Bernadette Leonard: “This home has been a peaceful oasis offering incredible privacy and superior amenities to raise our family. We’ve been blessed to have a space allowing us to host both intimate family gatherings and sizable fundraisersMy hope is that the future owner will cherish this home as much as our family has.” 

PRESENTED BY

JADE MILLS
INTERNATIONAL LUXURY AMBASSADOR,
COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE BEVERLY HILLS

310.285.7508

LIST PRICE  $51.995 MILLION

Palos Verdes Estates Traditional and Au Courant

Palos Verdes Estates
Traditional and
Au Courant

Traditional and au courant design elements are skillfully merged in a welcoming, beautifully finished family home.

With an eye-catching exterior of pale taupe clapboard and speckled brick, the house sports a traditional facade, though abundant midnight-blue trim hints at its modern pedigree. Once inside, one is met with the current-day staples of upmarket home design—from a sunny open floorplan to a thoughtful menagerie of exclusive finishes.

“We talked through the design being something that would be East Coast and elegant, but at the same time, be a bit more California and fresh,” says Erin Zajac of ET2Design, who designed the interior.

Working as a team, along with developer and builder Larry Johnson, architect Buchmann and Edoardo Taroni, also of ET2 Design, who designed the exterior, Zajac planned the finishes while the home was in the process of being built. “Materials are a very important part of how we experience architecture,” says Buchmann, “but often, the materials are applied to the space after it is designed—as an afterthought.”

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.

The execution of the home is a study in meticulous planning. “I bought the previous home and lived in it for three years before I built the new home,” says Johnson, “so I could learn about the neighborhood, and see what house would work and be a beautiful addition to it.

Also, I was able to take my time choosing the people I wanted to collaborate with.” The harmony of the team is evidenced in the successful integration of the home’s modern design aspects with its classic framework. Zajac often uses bold choices, like the glossy, midnight black designer tile in the master bathroom that commingles with pale, oversized floor tiles and veiny gray stone counters.

Or in the kitchen, where a hefty walnut island—a sculpture-like centerpiece topped with glossy stone—complements the room’s light gray cabinetry. There is rustic brick along the walls and framing the fireplace, but done in a clean antique white, versus traditional red. “There’s always this play on classic and traditional that’s balanced by keeping it contemporary,” notes Zajac.

“From the beginning,” says Buchmann, “we were thinking about the materials. Their natural ability and what you can touch and feel as you experience the space.” In the great room, for instance, the home’s central gathering space, there are decorative rafter beams, designed by the architect, and grainy, white-oak floors that bring down-to-earth notes to the room’s soaring white ceilings and elegant wall moulding. “I always want a home that flows extremely well,” points out Johnson. “Which means when you’re living there, it’s very easy to get anywhere you want to go, and there’s a lot of light from every direction.”

Spanning five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms, the home has a grand scale that is warmed by a near-constant influx of natural light—enabled by Buchmann’s strategic placement of windows, glass doors and skylights.

A nice touch on the second floor is a sunlit catwalk that neatly separates the master suite from the rest of the home. On the main floor, a sliding wall of glass (Kolbe) connects the great room to a spacious, user-friendly outdoor living area. “It’s an incredible house for entertaining because it has this indoor-outdoor feel that takes full advantage of Southern California weather,” says real estate broker Carl Henkel.

On the pool deck, an orange-hued pergola extends the indoors, providing a shaded spot ideal for reading or dining. The rectangular pool is neighbor to a stone-topped bar and a fire pit lounge that’s a perfect place to congregate after dark. Atop a nearby platformed area is a bubbly spa and a sunbathing deck, nicely separated from other areas by its height.

The private, fresh-air living area, meanwhile, is flanked with trees and designed to be accessed from several points in the home. “The design of the home was used to wrap the backyard,” explains Buchmann, who intended it to grant the area maximum seclusion while also strengthening the home’s relationship to the outdoors.

Like the rest of the home, landscaping was meticulously planned. “The goal,” says Taroni, “was to complement the architecture with the combination of an aesthetic value, and the California native landscape palette.” Eager to keep the property consistent with the landscape of Palos Verdes, Taroni planted ornamental grass, a native meadow and fruit trees in the yard, and designed an earthy bluestone pathway that reaches the front door.

A thoughtful touch are the many outdoor vignettes created to be seen and enjoyed from the indoors. “We created viewpoints throughout the house that allow you to look outside at something beautiful,” he explains.

So tailor-made is the home for the local market that it was sold while still under construction. “When the home was put into escrow, it was just sticks, and concrete, and dirt,” points out Henkel, who was sought out by developer Larry Johnson, a friend from high school, to help from the project’s start.

“I found the lot,” he says, “and Larry Johnson did a fantastic job of finding the right people to surround himself with.” Henkel drummed up early support for the home via the MLS and hosted private showings. There was a lot of early interest in the home, and it was on Henkel to convey the rewards of a house that did not yet exist.

In the end, amidst multiple offers the home was purchased by a young family who brought home a new baby two days after moving in, and are excited to entertain and barbecue throughout the year, not to mention be able to take that short jaunt from the kitchen and into the pool. “It’s a remarkable place to raise a family,” points out Henkel, “and that’s what they’ll be doing there.”

PRESENTED BY

Carl Henkel | 310.210.1625 | DRE 01427998

of California Real Estate Alliance

Sold for $3,500,000

PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON

For Every Taste Imaginable

For Every Taste
Imaginable

A Rolling Hills Home, and a Rustic Spanish Estate

Rarely does a Rolling Hills home that checks all of the boxes come on the market. This one definitely does, starting with jaw-dropping views and running the gamut with an updated kitchen, a luxurious master retreat with a massive walk-in closet, and backyard chock-full of inviting things to see and do. “As you walk in the front door, you come face to face with a 180-degree, panoramic city and harbor view,” says listing agent Charlie Raine.

“With an outdoor kitchen, a fire-pit, great lawn area, patio spaces, a pool and Jacuzzi, tons of fruit trees and plenty of room for a barn on the lower pad, there’s something for everybody.” Yet other highlights include a family room with fireplace and a full bath that could easily transition into an ideal second master suite, and those breathtaking ocean views stretching from the Queen’s Necklace to the harbor available from the yard at the pool and spa.

31  CHUCKWAGON ROAD

ROLLING HILLS
4 BEDROOMS
3,106 SQ. FT.

Offered by
Bill Ruth DRE 01047519 and
Charlie Raine DRE 00982925 and
Carissa Wright DRE 01984832
of Ruth & Raine

List Price
$2.85 million

A World Away

“This project is filled with details just like the Old World, merged with new technology, and personalized with authentic details from my adventurous, artistic life,” says Spanish-born Jorge Dalinger of Dalinger Designs, the mastermind behind this rustic Spanish estate set on almost a half-acre of land in this hills of L.A.’s sought-after Mount Olympus neighborhood. Expect plenty of hand-crafted touches, including hand-hewn, wood-beamed ceilings; dramatic, custom hand-forged wrought iron railings and interior and exterior light fixtures; wide-plank European oak flooring; and 400-year-old imported, reclaimed Spanish roof tiles.

Among the more contemporary touches: a professional chef’s kitchen; master retreat boasting breathtaking city views, soaring beamed ceilings, a private balcony, and spa-like bath with radiant-heated stone flooring and a copper soaking tub; and finally, a backyard with a pool and spa, al fresco dining area, built-in grill and fire-pit. There’s also a two-car auto gallery and the latest in smart-home technology.

7935 OCEANUS DRIVE

MOUNT OLYMPUS
3 BEDROOMS
3,701 SQ. FT.

Offered by
Farrah Brittany DRE 1933070 and
Mauricio Umansky DRE 1222825
and  Eduardo Umansky DRE 1354521
of  The Agency

 List Price
$3.495 million

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: PETER MCMENAMIN (TOP) AND THE AGENCY (BOTTOM)

pacific palisades home - listed by Amalfi Estates

Architecturally Vibrant Pacific Palisades Home

Architecturally Vibrant
Pacific Palisades Home

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.

pacific palisades home - listed by Amalfi Estates

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

PRESENTED BY

Anthony Marguleas | 310.293.9280

DRE 01173073

of Amalfi Estates

List Price $9,200,000

Monterey-Style Abode for An Easy-Going Seaside Lifestyle

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 

PRESENTED BY

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

Brentwood Estate Where Mind And Body Can Thrive

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

424.231.2399

List Price
$42 million

Historical Home Tells The Tale Of Early Palos Verdes

In 1926, the country was in the midst of its boom years. Calvin Coolidge was president and Prohibition was still in swing. In Southern California, a swath of one of its most exquisite and untamed coastlines was slowly being fashioned into a residential subdivision by the Olmsted Brothers, who were famed for a prolific list of projects ranging from parks and neighborhoods to state capitols, libraries and universities.

Among the first homes built in fledgling Palos Verdes Estates was a Spanish Revival villa architected by Winchton Risley, a model residence completed in 1926 with a red clay tile roof, white stucco exterior and a spacious courtyard flanked by two wings. “Palos Verdes was originally envisioned by the developers as a Mediterranean-type enclave in Southern California,” says Todd Stanton, whose family, longtime Palos Verdes residents, purchased the home in the early 1980s.

“It was home number fifty-five, built for the city of Palos Verdes,” explains real estate agent Teri Hawkins. The model remains today, and in gleaming condition, a rare and unvarnished slice of an earlier time. Its neatly manicured front lawn, expansive and tailored with natural stone walls and boxwood hedges, make for an apt introduction, as does the graceful arched entranceway.

Inside the home, original details abound, from handmade and painted tiles to orange-hued terracotta to hand carved mahogany doors and moldings. There are also oak floors and earthy redwood ceiling beams, some with engraving. A few smart updates, notably a sunny farm kitchen, have been made in keeping with the home’s original vision.

“There’s such an understated elegance about the home,” notes Stanton. (Given its pedigree and early 20th hand-craftsmanship, the home should remain as is. “The seller wants to sell the home to someone who understands its historic value, and wants to keep the integrity of the place,” explains Hawkins.)

Once awarded the Art Jury’s Certificate of Honor for the most notable residential architecture of 1926, the original developers were keen to place this six-bedroom, five-bathroom model where they did—it sits on one of the most prized lots on the peninsula, and on Paseo del Mar no less—and enjoys front-row views of the water. (Views that are sweetened by the fact that they’ll always remain this way.) “It sits across the bluff from Haggerty’s and RAT Beach,” says Hawkins of the home.

 

“The view is unblockable. Nothing can ever go on that bluff.” From oversized windows in the formal dining room, and large living room, one looks out at a California scene—pale turquoise skies and an endless, royal blue ocean. It inspires now as much as it must have nearly a century ago, when the home was built as a model place from which to enjoy this Mediterranean-like paradise.

These days the view includes the Queen’s Necklace, named for the sparkling nightly visage of lit-up coastal land. Recalls Stanton: “My mother used to say, ‘Your father doesn’t need to give me diamonds because I have my own strand right here.’ ”

Presented by

Teri Hawkins | 310.251.3850

DRE 01195117

RE/MAX Estate Properties

List Price $5.695 million

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF TERI HAWKINS

A Dreamy Beach Getaway

Imagine a turnkey vacation or second home with all of the amenities of one of SoCal’s top luxury oceanfront resort destinations right at your fingertips. Such is the case with this charming, fully furnished “Casita” now on the market for $2.095 million, complete with a tranquil, garden-like atmosphere complemented by sweeping views of the Pacific, Catalina Island, Abalone Cove and Portuguese Bend, along with the requirement to occupy the fee-simple property up to 60 days a year and rent it out as a vacation spot the remaining days.

“This home is located in one of the most sought-after locations on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, situated on the Terranea Resort overlooking the bluffs of Rancho Palos Verdes along Palos Verdes Drive South,” says listing agent Brok Butcher of Butcher Realty. “Terranea offers one of the most serene and virtually unparalleled settings in the nation. The site was carefully planned to protect the valuable coastal resources that define the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Of the resort’s 102 acres, 14 are preserved as natural landscape to maintain the indigenous vegetation and to support ecological balance in the area by reinforcing biodiversity.”

Found at 100 Terranea Way—amid the Mediterranean-inspired retreat built in 2009 using only the highest quality finishes and craftsmanship—Casita 21-301 features more than 2,000 square feet of living space punctuated by designer lighting and furnishings, beamed ceilings, hardwood flooring, custom cabinetry and Toto soaking tubs in each of the three baths.

Among the highlights: an eye-catching entryway consisting of a private outdoor living room warmed by a fireplace, and a trio of bedrooms with separate entrances and patios (including a guest suite with a full kitchen, and living and laundry rooms). A professional chef’s kitchen with granite countertops and high-end appliances opens to a great room with a fireplace and sliding French doors leading to a secluded covered patio, while a storage closet can be locked when the owner is away.

Both owners and guests also are privy to plenty of upscale resort amenities and services. Think nine restaurants; four heated pools; a 50,000-square-foot spa and fitness center; hiking trails; and a 9-hole, par-3 golf course. In addition, Casita owners have access to a 24-hour owner’s concierge, as well as priority dining reservations, spa privileges and more. The nearby Golden Cove Center, meanwhile, offers a Trader Joe’s, Admiral Risty and Avenue Italy restaurants, Starbucks and pharmacy.

 

“The Casita is a great investment and a rare opportunity to own a piece of the renowned Terranea Resort,” says Butcher. “Because you can rent out each bedroom individually, there is a higher potential to keep the Casita occupied. At the moment, Terranea is not selling any more of their Casitas, and as the word spreads about this superb destination, I believe it will become harder and harder to book a room at this award-winning luxury resort.”

Presented by

Brok Butcher | 310.710.6387

DRE 01880217

Butcher Realty

List Price $2.095 million

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF LING GE AND LILY BUTCHER

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