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A Modernist Iconic Home in Studio City

A Modernist Iconic Home in Studio City

This iconic home in Studio City, a brick and glass house, once home to acclaimed graphic and industrial designer Roger Kennedy, who designed it with Mid-century modern architect Bernard Zimmerman, FAIA, was built in 1970 on nearly a half-acre lot.

The unique, 2,000-square-foot property is situated in an area “known for its prominent residents active in the film and television industry since producer Mack Sennett developed the silent-film era studio today known as the CBS Studio Center on Ventura Boulevard, just off Laurel Canyon,” says Realtor Michael D. Phillips.

Westerns of the 1940s and 1950s, as well as television productions such as Leave It To Beaver, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Gilligan’s Island and Big Brother were also filmed on-site.

In collaboration with his friend and architect Zimmerman, Kennedy chose to shape in this neighborhood—which has many restaurants, shops and nightspots—a house for himself and his wife, Lois, as well as his ideal design studio, all under one roof.

“The Kennedy Residence offers an outstanding example of something exceedingly rare in Los Angeles: a pure Modernist house executed in brick and glass, rather than the lighter post-and-beam structure typical here,” explains Phillips.

Possibly inspired by modernism movements in the United Kingdom and continental Europe (in the 1960s), and a few American architects such as Ulrich Franzen and Arthur Dekker, traditional brick construction is reinvented here with a sculptural aesthetic that opens up the masonry with floor-to-ceiling windows and leaves the material exposed inside.

Solid brick implies a degree of permanence and Kennedy himself once told veteran architectural Realtor Crosby Doe that he intended “the house to last 200 years.”


“With Zimmerman, Kennedy worked out a program that anticipated the loft living being pioneered by artists in New York City and Downtown Los Angeles at just about the same time, with a dynamic open plan for what he used as the residential quarters,” Phillips explains.

Sweeping views of the San Fernando Valley, soft north light and privacy characterize this house, where Kennedy’s old studio can be used as an office or a master suite.

“Even though this modern icon was something of a sensation when first constructed, and was featured on the cover of the Home Magazine insert of the Los Angeles Times, it is so secluded, it’s invisible in plain sight, yet offers light, air and city vistas,” says Doe.


Michael D. Phillips 310.927.9189
and  Crosby Doe 310.275.2222
of Crosby Doe Associates, Inc.

List Price $1.595 million


Modern Heaven In The South Bay

To truly understand an exclusive South Bay estate like 941 Via Nogales is to experience it. Mere photos do not sufficiently express the sheer grandness of its rooms, nor its abundance of heavenly views. A home like this must be felt; look out over the vast Pacific, the white water vistas of the entire Queen’s Necklace and over downtown Los Angeles, and one is swept away.

“Meticulous attention to detail, scale and volume, have created this timeless masterpiece,” explains Chris Adlam of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty.

The magnificent showpiece awaits a charmed individual to match its refined elegance and stateliness. While its incredible volume may at first glance make the home appear almost museum-like, once inside, it is welcoming and summons scenes of a life shared with friends, family, and colleagues. Beyond this harmonious feeling, the home inspires with insurmountable quality from design to construction.

Notably, the estate was conceived by developer Subir Chowdhury, a consultant, and author known as the “quality expert” according to the New York Times. He has written 15 books, many of which have saved Fortune 500 companies billions of dollars with his best business practices and philosophies.

Well, warranted are his honoraries, as the quality in the home expresses a perfect state of craftsmanship, architectural design, and spatial nature. Perched atop Palos Verdes Estates, along a lushly landscaped street of properties worth millions, this modern masterpiece is discreetly tucked into the hillside.

Protected by a lovely slate roof and trimmed with copper rain gutters and mahogany eaves, the home is expansive; at just over 7,100 square feet, there is tremendous scale and openness via a flowing layout.

One easily envisions the ultimate charity event held here. From the music room, where guests can sip cocktails to the sounds of a pianist, to the formal living room, where a party can move about the graceful sitting areas of the home, through to the gorgeous dining room with built-in buffets providing ample storage, to the family room, then on to the expansive balcony overlooking the Pacific.

Throughout the home are soaring, architecturally detailed ceilings dotted with skylights, with the centrally located, light-filled atrium creating a dramatic ambiance. The walls are swathed in black iron windows and glass doors while the entire back of the home on both levels are trimmed in massive Fleetwood glass doors that open up its entirety to gorgeous vistas.

Both feature tremendous balconies with awe-inspiring views of the ocean, neighboring trees and pretty landscapes. Upper and lower balconies alike have room for outdoor dining and living areas, and also include built-in barbecues, refrigerators and a cooking prep area.

On the lower balcony is the pristine infinity pool that appears to spill off into the sea. “The striking views across the infinity pool span up the coastline, and include city lights, as well as from Malibu and beyond,” says Adlam. A few steps down from the lower balcony one can cozy by the firepit on cool nights while children run and play on the grassy lawn further below.

On the top floor, the state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen is well planned and includes every convenience, from an oversized Thermador range with grill and griddle to refrigerated Sub-Zero drawers and multiple dishwashers. Uniquely, and conveniently for the tidy entertainer feeding hungry guests at the eat-in bar, the kitchen has an additional cleaning area and dishwasher at the adjacent marble-topped wet bar. Here, effortlessly beautiful statuary marble countertops are complemented by warm wood-grained cabinets throughout.

One descends the modern stairwell and arrives at an impressive foyer; this center space connects the downstairs bedrooms and common areas. Just across is the 500-plus bottle wine cellar that looks like a work of art (or a display in a Michael Mina restaurant), which is conveniently located near the eight-person home theater. There are four bedrooms on this level as well as the master suite.

The en-suite bedrooms all have clean lines, high ceilings, and iron casement windows. Each bath is individually designed with fresh tile patterns blending glass tiles, marble, concrete, and unique light fixtures. The serene master suite, meanwhile, includes one of the five sleek modern fireplaces in the home, with the one here designed in rough-cut limestone.

The space is comprised of a large comfortable living space with two sets of Fleetwood glass doors that open to the balcony, which is just steps to the hot tub and infinity pool. The master bath is rich in design with floor-to-ceiling, marble-framed vanities and floors, self-cleaning his-and-hers toilets, and a luxurious steam shower and jetted tub. Completing the master suite is a large closet with a plethora of built-ins for two.

Loaded with every au courant amenity one could possibly wish for, this smart home is controlled by a savant system by Crestron and includes a residential elevator as well as a three-car garage. Meticulously detailed, the surrounding landscapes, stone retainer walls and modern gates provide privacy while beautifully blending with flora and fauna.

“This exceptional home raises the bar on luxury,” concludes Adlam. “Words and photos do not do it justice… there’s simply nothing else like it.”


Chris Adlam of Vista Sotheby’s

International Realty

List Price


Restoration Hardware West Hollywood

It’s an urban oasis, as immersive and cool as a Mediterranean breeze and just as refreshing. The Rooftop Park crowning RH West Hollywood – The Gallery is an eden, complete with a reproduction of the storied Louvre sculpture “Winged Victory of Samothrace,” which surveys the City of Angels with some drama.

Working in collaboration with design architect James Gillam of Backen Gilliam & Kroeger, RH Chairman, and CEO Gary Friedman projected the flagship, a showpiece of Venetian plaster, Tucson colonnades and Hellenic touches, straight onto reinvigorated Melrose Avenue.

As described by Friedman:“The Gallery on Melrose Avenue is a study and a reflection of human design in regard to balance, symmetry and proportion, while respecting the hierarchy and integration of environment, architecture and humanity to create a feeling of harmony.”

More residential than retail, the stunningly conceptualized store—40,000 square feet of exquisite interiors, garden courtyards and outdoor terraces trellised with climbing vines—opens to the street, raising the stakes for experiential trade.

To say that the Rooftop Park is the crescendo of it all is to say quite a lot, but this gift to the neighborhood is an invitation for an exodus, with graciously appointed green space and a view that thrills.

Conjured in the spirit the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, the splendid exterior is flush with decomposed granite, century-old olive trees in massive steel planters accented with waterfalling rosemary, and a centrally installed trellis festooned with canvas that flaps like the sails on a boat in calm waters.

The Park is further adorned with a 40-foot-long table made from reclaimed pine and long low sofas. Aromas of citrus and French lavender waft through the air while shimmering chandeliers and cooing fountains stir an intimacy for showcasing RH Outdoor collections. With its angelic anchor presiding over the immediate scene and the Hollywood Hills beyond, one’s impression comes clear and quick: it’s absolutely divine.

First Class Malibu Villa

While the beachside homes of Malibu receive most of the attention, the oceanfront community offers a number of secret neighborhoods. Located on the north side of Pacific Coast Highway, these properties stun with breathtaking views, generous acreage, and unparalleled privacy.

While set sway from the prying eyes of paparazzi and casual day-trippers, discerning homeowners are quick to appreciate the balance of amenities here: accessibility to the area’s natural and man-made charms—boutiques and specialty shops, restaurants, beaches, hiking paths and winding horse trails, with a bonus of generous acreage and seclusion.

Malibu Park, bordered on the north by the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area and on the south by Zuma Beach, is one of those areas. Quiet roads swing by well-hidden homes. Here, the lively and sophisticated center of Malibu, let alone the chaos of Los Angeles, seems like a distant memory.

Turning onto Merritt Drive from Busch Drive, the verdant basin of land that underlines the mesmerizing vista of mountains and sky enhances this impression. Perhaps it’s the solid wall, tinted the faint yellow tone of a European summer, that runs along two sides of the property, but Southern California seems to vanish, replaced by the quiet countryside of Italy.

The gate opens, confirming this feeling. The one-story ocean-view home, washed in the same glow, is at once grand and welcoming, its almost 12,000-square-foot size only dwarfed by the splendor of the incomparable setting.

Composed of three generous parcels, the property totals close to seven acres. Veiled by distance and foliage, neighbors seem nonexistent. Impeccably landscaped, the grounds conjure up memories of Europe’s legendary formal gardens—The Villa Borghese, The Tuileries—with flower-lined pathways meandering throughout, past lemon and orange trees (one, conveniently situated just outside the home’s kitchen).

There are pomegranate bushes, laden with ruby red fruit, here too. Benches beneath decades-old shade trees are picturesque spots for reading or meditation. As the weather warms, the flower garden, planted with roses and agapanthus, vibrates with color, while a vegetable garden with raised wooden beds serves up an abundant array of vegetables and herbs.

Why leave the tranquil comforts of a lazy Sunday morning at home for the drive to the Malibu Country Mart and weekly farmers’ market when the produce here rivals anything you might find there?

The world, in fact, is happy to come to this doorstep—where it can be easily accommodated. The driveway holds up to a dozen cars; a subterranean garage has parking for a half-dozen more (with its double-gated entryway, it’s the perfect place to stash a burgeoning collection of vintage vehicles). Those arriving to play in a casual tennis tournament will find a full-size tennis court with a backboard for solo practice.

A covered pergola with stadium seating overlooking the playing field is the perfect place for guests to enjoy strawberries and cream, a nod to Wimbledon’s storied tradition. Of course, snacks here mark a serious upgrade: fruit harvested from the garden. Later, friends enjoy a dip in the pool and relaxing in the spa before dinner is served; others can express their energy on the bocce ball court.

Nano doors that fully open the dining room to the pool eventually beckon the party inside. A glass ceiling filters the light to cast a glow over the room, while flames in the fireplace ease the transition from day to night. With the dining room situated towards the park-like grounds, dinner here is buoyed by the incomparable serenity and peace of the surroundings. Later, there will be drinks in the grand setting of the formal living room, coddled by the warmth of good conversation and, as the evening’s ideal top-off, a movie in the home’s media room with its oversized motorized screen and plush furniture.

Entertaining, however gracious, is only one aspect of what a home must accomplish. It must also demonstrate an ability to support a family’s daily activities. To this end are generous bedrooms with walk-in closets that allow everyone a space of their own, guest rooms to host friends and family, an inspiring place in which to work and, in a house of this size, comfortable quarters for live-in assistance.

Exceeding expectations, this home also is poised to take advantage of Southern California’s pleasant weather: each bedroom opens to the outdoors, framing magnificent views. En-suite bedrooms feature generous soaking tubs, steam showers, and bidets.

Yet, unlike many homes of this size, which attempt to overcome their shortcomings with showy features, this residence has an air of informality that is ideally suited to a community where jeans and a t-shirt is the appropriate uniform for every occasion. Similarly, here luxury is in the details—fine materials and flawless craftsmanship.

Consider the marble in luscious, rare colors (rose, racing green) that elevate the home’s 10 bathrooms; the mother of pearl tile in a powder room; the custom Provencal-inspired kitchen; the library, with its hand-carved built-in bookshelves; and, the expansive master suite, where two bathrooms, two dressing rooms with cedar-lined closets and a gym create a private sanctuary.

Features, from the custom screen doors to the home security system, which commands everything from the light patterns to the music—is of the highest quality. There are even outdoor dog houses and a dog washing station for family pets. Truly, this home has it all—and then some. Let others come here. With all of this at one’s fingertips, why ever leave?

LIST PRICE $18,000,000



Blake Griffin Lists Pacific Palisades Mansion

NBA star Blake Griffin has listed his mansion in the exclusive Palisades Riviera area of Pacific Palisades for $10.995 million. According to Variety, the former L.A. Laker power forward, now a Detroit Piston signed to a five-year contract valued at more than $171 million, purchased the then-brand-new, modified Colonial mansion in fall 2013 for $9 million.

The finely detailed residence sits behind secured gates on about one-third of an acre of landscaped grounds, complete with almost 9,600 square feet of living space on three levels including six bedrooms and 6.5 baths.

Among the highlights: a massive foyer under a 24-foot ceiling with a sweeping curved staircase; a lavish master suite with a sitting area with fireplace, balcony, o two deluxe dressing rooms lined with glass-fronted wardrobes and a bath finished with a herringbone pattern marble tile floor and equipped with a two person soaking tub and a marble lined steam shower.

The finished subterranean level contains a fitness room, family/games room with multiple wall-mounted TVs, and home theater with 130-inch screen and padded burgundy suede wall panels. David Offer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is the listing agent.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Ocean View Estate

If the apex of grandeur and Palos Verdes Peninsula ocean living were to be summed up by a single property, this could easily be the one. Set along the largest lot in the ritzy Oceanfront Estates community—a high-elevation, private swath of Rancho Palos Verdes where opulent homes are drenched in endless Pacific Ocean views—the estate is distinguished by lushly landscaped grounds and nearly 8,000 square feet of living space spread among two separate structures.

“This is a special community that is beautiful and conforming, as it was all built around the same time,” says real estate agent Ed Kaminsky of the location. “When this home was built it was the model home for the project, and many great details were added.”

How Good is the Curb Appeal?

The home’s introduction is a dramatic one: a sculpted walkway leading through a first structure, housing a three-car garage and elegant guest quarters (“Ideal for live-ins or longer term guests,” points out Kaminsky). From there, one reaches a sprawling Mediterranean courtyard of oversized tile and greenery, 5,000 square feet in all, that leads to the home’s grand entrance, flanked with hefty columns.

The home’s sunny interior is outfitted with the careful touches one would expect in such a classical structure. Floors in the main house are of glistening Brazilian walnut wood that has been hand-laid in an intricate herringbone pattern. The rare wood’s warm, chocolate tones provide a fresh, elegant contrast to the walls—white or pale in color and abundantly trimmed with wall and crown moulding—and ceilings, usually recessed and coffered, or studded with inlaid lighting.

The floor plan is a classic, rectangular one consisting of a central living area on each of the two floors, with a distinct wing at each end to neatly separate living areas. The west side of the main floor is home to an inviting white kitchen equipped with a gleaming eight-burner stove, three ovens, and a walk-in pantry. Walk across the cavernous central living space, filled with splendid ocean views and home to a bevy of polished gathering areas not unlike a luxury hotel lobby, and there’s an east wing that houses the master bedroom suite.

The 2,000-square-feet retreat also includes a fireplaced sitting lounge and opens onto a sun-soaked balcony—an epic spot to take in ocean views by the day, and ponder the stars at night. A gleaming master bathroom is a stately place with a generous soaking tub and glass-encased walk-in shower poised in its center.

An elevator cruise to the home’s lower level introduces a grand recreation area complete with a walk-in wine storage and a full bar carved in cherry wood—an ideal pick as its patina only gets more beautiful with time. It’s on this ground floor where nearly all of the home’s six bedrooms are housed, with most featuring floor-to-ceiling doors that connect the indoors to the home’s landscaped outdoor oasis.

A sweet touch on this floor is the children’s wing, a world unto its own with two bedrooms, plenty of access to grassy outdoor play areas and a central family room with built-in study areas. “The main living space of the home, including the master, enjoy ocean views,” points out Kaminsky. “Yet when you want to privately entertain friends and family you can escape to the yard and pool area—which is completely private and enjoys south and west-facing sun exposure.”

Throughout the home, the open and airy scale of the rooms aid in emphasizing its wholly classic atmosphere. It’s a luxurious place, yes, but there’s an effortless flow when it comes to everyday living due to the design; the home successfully melds with the outdoors via a network of oversized windows, balconies and floor-to-ceiling doors. At nearly every turn one is immersed in a collage of fair skies and sunshine set against ocean, pool and lush green landscaping.

“The lot is exceptionally wide for the area and allows the home to majestically sit across the lot,” notes Kaminsky. “It’s a corner lot which also provides much privacy.” Tall hedgerows at the borders of the estate further enhance its secluded, private feel. One imagines the endless fun-filled days and nights at such a place, where the grounds have been designed to be as thoroughly enjoyed as the home’s interior spaces.

Outdoor areas are also where the classical feel of the estate is particularly strong: There is a fresh-air grilling station and a fire-pit lounge area, along with a beautiful, palm-fringed pool—nicely sized at 65 feet—that’s linked to a big, bubbling spa.

“The benefits of the location are that it’s a 24-hour guarded community on the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes,” points out Kaminsky. When one wishes to step beyond the estate, he adds, there are beautiful vistas, walking trails and golf galore at the nearby Los Verdes Golf Course and Trump International Golf Club, both 10 minutes away. The nearest freeway, the 110, can be reached in about 20 minutes by car.

But it’s hard to imagine wanting to leave this place—a private, luxurious haven surrounded by so much unbridled California nature. It was the French architect Le Corbusier who thought of a house as “a machine for living.” Standing on the grassy lawn, looking over the estate’s endless balconies, blue skies, and classic architecture—one is struck by the grand feel of the place, and the superb machine it must be for those lucky enough to do their living in it. “When I stand in this home,” says Kaminsky, “I only think of two things: success and happiness.”

Ed Kaminsky of Kaminsky Real Estate Group
List Price

Photographs courtesy of Kaminsky Real Estate Group

Lakers star, Luol Deng home hits the market at $7.45 million

Star Studded Homes

Slam-Dunk Style

The modern Brentwood Hills estate of former L.A. Lakers forward Luol Deng has entered the market at $7.45 million, complete with prime mountain, city and ocean views, a seamless indoor-outdoor flow via custom floor-to-ceiling LaCantina folding doors and 1,000-square-foot ocean-view rooftop deck. The gated, seven-bedroom residence offers 6,500-plus square feet of open, light-filled living space on three levels.

Among the highlights: a master retreat boasting a spacious custom closet and a luxe bath, as well as a media room and gym. A great room with fireplace opens to a formal dining room and chef’s kitchen with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, while an acre-plus parcel of hillside land holds several patios, a pool and spa, and fire pit. “This is a perfect home for entertaining and enjoying L.A. from above the hustle and bustle,” says Cindy Festa, who is co-listing the property with Elana Fullmer, both of Compass.

6,500+ SQ. FT.

Listed by Cindy Festa and Elana Fullmer of Compass
List Price $7.45 million

Star Worthy

A mid-century modern home once owned by Dexter’s Michael C. Hall is for sale at $3.695 million. Found on a quiet street in Hollywood’s coveted Outpost Estates enclave, the Hal Levitt-designed residence showcases 3,525 square feet of living space replete with vaulted beamed ceilings, plentiful skylights and sleek hardwood flooring. Focal points include four bedrooms (most notably, a spacious master suite on the main level featuring a spa-like bath with dual vanities and a soaking tub), along with a redesigned kitchen sporting Italian tile flooring and professional-grade appliances that opens via sliding glass doors to a patio with a built-in barbecue and pool.

“This architectural residence perched above the Hollywood Hills is an ideal sanctuary for buyers seeking exclusivity and sleek design,” says Josh Myler, who is co-listing the property with Jeff Kohl, both of The Agency. “It’s natural setting and light-filled rooms make it a tranquil oasis for buyers.”


Listed by Josh Myler and Jeff Kohl of The Agency
List Price $3.695 million


Venice Design Series

An intimate look at historic mid-century and contemporary architecture. A peek at artists’ studios. Sumptuous dinners prepared by top chefs in some of L.A.’s top-designed homes. These are just some of the many experiences attendees can look forward to at the fifth annual installment of the Venice Design Series (VDS)—a benefit for Venice Community Housing—set for weekends from April 27 through May 18.


“The VDS was created five years ago by the team that organized the Venice Garden and Home Tour for 23 years,” says community leader Linda Lucks, who co-founded VDS with landscape designer Jay Griffith. “When that event was discontinued, the organizers expanded the premise of focusing solely on Venice neighborhoods to showcase the inspiration that the community provides to other Los Angeles neighborhoods.”

Guests can expect six curated events spanning four weekends—each presenting a blend of architecture, cuisine, design, art and performance—in Venice, Brentwood, Trousdale Estates, Downtown L.A. and Mar Vista.

Among the highlights is a Venice dinner party hosted in the contemporary, Marc Bricault-designed home of Cicek and Paul Bricault with chef Matthew Kenney of Plant Food + Wine Venice; a must-see tour of luxe mid-century modern homes in Trousdale Estates led by architectural historian and author Steven Price; and a look at Gregory Ain-designed homes in Mar Vista’s “Modernique” neighborhood (including lunch at a house newly renovated by architect Santiago Ortiz of Ortiz Mexia Projects).

Also on the lineup: a Brentwood dinner party in the contemporary home of fine art collector Carla Kirkeby, along with a peek at Downtown L.A. artists’ studios led by art collector/consultant and VDS co-chair Cecilia Dan.

Rounding out the series is an art and design tour of some of Venice’s most distinct and memorable architecture, art and landscape design, replete with a garden lunch in the newly built, art-filled home of landscape designer Stefan Hammerschmidt and entertainment executive Lawrence Szabo, as well as a tour of late artist Ed Moses’ compound with a barn designed by architect Steven Ehrlich.

Tour-goers also will visit a historic Venice home owned by movie producer Tony Bill (The Sting), which according to local lore, once served as a brothel.

Among the activities, Lucks is most anticipating? “Meeting Downtown L.A. artists where they work; seeing the home in Trousdale Estates where Elvis once lived; touring the compound where the late California artist Ed Moses lived and worked, now occupied by his artist son Andy Moses and daughter-in-law Kelly Berg,” she says. “Getting to know the people who attend is also a treat because they have an appreciation of the sites we see and the mission.”



Steve Zuckerman lists English Tudor-inspired house

TV and theatrical director Steve Zuckerman and his wife, talent manager, and theatrical producer Darlene Kaplan, have listed their English Tudor-inspired house in Encino Hills for $3.299 million.

According to the L.A. Times, the property was built in 1976 and features 5,422 square feet of living space. Expect a two-story living room with soaring beamed ceilings, massive diamond-pane windows, and a brick fireplace and a formal dining room with wainscoting, a mural depicting a hunting scene and a window seat, plus a den, study-office, four bedrooms and seven baths.

Among the highlights: a 1,400-square-foot master suite containing a lounge with a fireplace, along with a tennis court, covered patio, and pool. Gwen Banta and Tory Herald of Sotheby’s International Realty are the listing agents.

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