This exquisite custom estate raises the bar when it comes to luxurious Southern California living. Think a meticulously built home with a wealth of luxe amenities—like a billiards room, professional gym and Western-style saloon with a theater—along with an unrivaled setting on its own private knoll within the admired and guard-gated city of Rolling Hills, complete with breathtaking ocean, city, mountain and canyon views from Malibu to Newport Beach.
“We sold this client this property in 1998 as a small farm house that the previous family had maintained for 60 years,” says Bill Ruth, who is co-listing the residence with Charlie Raine and Carissa Wright, all of Ruth and Raine. “It took the current owner four years to create, design and build this current masterpiece of a home.”
Found on a 3.45-acre parcel of land at 60 Eastfield Drive—atop the Palos Verdes Peninsula, just 25 minutes from Downtown L.A.—the six-bedroom, nine-bath, ranch-style abode features 9,000-plus square feet of open living space on two levels. Expect a dramatic entry with soaring ceilings that leads through a main level outfitted with a formal dining room and spacious living room with massive stone fireplace, as well as a country kitchen boasting high-end appliances, a center island and countertop dining, and a sumptuous master suite featuring a seating area with fireplace, his-and-her walk-in closets, and large master bath fit for royalty.
Topping off this lovely home is an attached guest suite highlighting a full kitchen, living room, laundry room, bath and fireplace, plus a flat grassy yard perfect for enjoying the panoramic views from a variety of relaxing enclaves.
Bill Ruth, Charlie Raine and Carissa Wright of Ruth & Raine
Designed in 1926 by legendary L.A. architect Paul Williams—and on the open market for the first time—this classic Hancock Park residence has since been extensively restored by its current owner using Sonny Ward of June Architecture. The goal? Maintain as many of the existing characteristics as possible while still delivering up-to-the-minute conveniences.
“The preservation of original details allows you to experience the home the way Paul Williams intended, and in the much the same manner as the family that lived there for over 70 years, while simultaneously delivering modern finishes in all the right places,” says Jenna Cooper of Compass, who is listing the property for $7.249 million. “The moment you walk through the door, you can feel the warmth and depth of this happy home.”
Set on a tree-lined block at 148 S. Las Palmas Ave. (in a centrally located and historic locale amid high-profile neighbors such as Mindy Kaling, George Takei, Natalie Cole, and designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent), the five-bedroom, Mediterranean-style residence features 6,127 square feet of light-filled living space on two levels.
Among the luxe trappings: a spacious master suite boasting dual closets; a gourmet kitchen with Miele and Sub-Zero appliances, and a high-performance French Lacanche range; and smart-home devices including iPad-controlled Lutron and Nest systems, a multizoned Sonos sound system and security cameras.
Yet other show-stopping attributes include the original chandeliers, oak hardwood flooring and steel-frame windows; a grand staircase with the original banister; custom-made French doors on the first level to allow for optimum air and energy flow throughout; and ample wall space ideal for an art aficionado’s prized collection. Last, but definitely not least? A brand-new pool gracing the attractive 11,878-square-foot lot.
Jenna Cooper of Compass
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF LAUREN MOORE
Located 20 minutes from Palm Springs, Sunnylands Center & Gardens is a peaceful haven that celebrates the union of landscape and architecture. Spread over nine acres, the botanical gardens and interpretive center pays tribute to the cultural legacy of diplomat and philanthropist Walter Annenberg and his wife Leonore. For many years, the couple’s adjacent 200-acre estate was a retreat for U.S. presidents, foreign dignitaries, and celebrities.
In this serene property where nature prevails, visitors discover over 53,000 individual specimens representing 70 different species of native and arid-adapted plants from North and South America, Africa and the Mediterranean. OJB Landscape Architecture—led by Jim Burnett—worked closely with horticultural consultant Mary Irish to create these gardens, which are dedicated to contemplation and discovery.
Everything was designed to be an ode to the desert with more than 1.25 miles of walking trails that lead to a circular event lawn and labyrinth garden, among other interesting features. “We like desert plants for their beauty, sculptural habits, and color,” says Burnett. The Annenberg collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings—bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1991—was one of the most important sources of inspiration for the OJB Landscape Architecture team.
The edges of the gardens reflect a free flowing energy, while more geometric shapes prevail closer to the Sunnylands Center. Los Angeles architectural firm Frederick Fisher and Partners restored the building, originally designed by A. Quincy Jones, honoring its midcentury modern aesthetic and earning the 15,000-square-foot space a LEED Gold rating. It hosts an exhibition space, cafe, theater and gift shop. Whether inside or out, visitors enjoy views of the San Jacinto Mountains, which further complement the idyllic decor.
Always focused on creating emotions and transforming perspectives through creative projects, OJB Landscape Architecture aimed to conceive a quiet place where natural elements are the main protagonists in this splendid story. In addition to mirroring the desert sky, twin-reflecting basins provide the relaxing sound of water.
Beyond the careful consideration of the landscape design, efficiency and sustainability of the entire project was a priority. As explained by the OJB Landscape Architecture team, “cutting-edge water efficiency measures throughout the site allow the garden to thrive using only 20 percent of its water allocation from the Coachella Valley Water District.”
Peaceful and perfectly aligned with the surrounding environment, Sunnylands grounds prove the veracity of OJB Landscape Architecture’s belief that “landscapes have the power to heal and restore cities and their communities.” ojb.com
PHOTOGRAPHS: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) COURTESY OF MARION BRENNER, KEN HAYDEN AND DILLON DIERS
The architectural masterpiece at 2822 Colt Road in Rancho Palos Verdes stretches far beyond the modern aesthetic. State-of-the-art, the almost conceptual structures, elements, and water features of this compound demonstrate a functionality that is both forward-thinking and deliberate. “This home is meant for someone that has amazing taste in architecture,” offers Greg Geilman of The DOMO Group – RE/MAX Estate Properties.
To that end, contrary to the natural order of the home-seeking experience, whereby a buyer proceeds with a checklist for the perfect property, this imaginative wonder keeps its own checklist for what constitutes its ideal inhabitant. Top of the list: one who is well-traveled, possibly with celebrity status and, above all, an astute eye for design and a fervor for architecture. This person is also keen to entertain yet demands privacy.
Given these demands, this home, which boasts 5,900 square feet of living space (including five bedrooms and seven and one-half baths), was cleverly designed with multiple structures surrounding an oasis of water to complement the shape of the land, showcase unbelievable views, and form a completely private estate that does not encroach on its neighbors. Including over 2,000 square feet of outdoor living space, as well, this three-structure compound is made up of a main house, guest house, and pool house. Just outside an impressive pivot gate, which foreshadows the massive glass front door in the main house, is housekeeping quarters with a kitchenette, and a three-car garage.
Each structure is wrapped floor to ceiling in walls of sliding, German-engineered Schuco glass that open to promote a flowing and organic indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Modern elements of cement, Gold Mangaris wood, porcelain, and stainless steel create a harmonious foundation made brilliant via natural light flooding through skylights and the endless glass that also reflects a beautiful environ. At the heart of the compound, Baja wading reefs and a heated spa flank a massive lap pool. The bridge connecting the main house and the pool house offers the opportunity for a friendly dive competition.
Water features play a big role here: an ankle-deep reflection pool with a resort-style moat and scattered soothing waterfalls trim the main house. Meticulously groomed grassy lawns nod to the homes’ minimalist quality with just hints of indigenous ice plant in built-in cement planters that do not disrupt the natural habitat. Views beyond the premises are grand too. Bordered by treetops from the neighboring property far below, scenes of the ocean stretch clear to Long Beach and the San Gabriel Mountains, and, with only a canyon to the other side, the property remains private and protected.
With an acre of land, the goal to showcase stunning views in every direction, keep the pool warm and house cool, and ultimately provide seclusion is beautifully achieved. The result is a property that, from the inside-out, offers complete privacy yet full visibility.
The main house is a seductive complex. From provocative glass walls that open completely to the outdoors, surrounded by astounding views, to gleaming porcelain floors, the pure aesthetic is sensual in nature. A sunrise is never sweeter than from the master bedroom: Imagine waking to see a sky radiating vibrant colors from floor to ceiling. The master suite also features a private outdoor viewing deck connected by a dual-sided fireplace, private entry, and glass-shrouded master bath with a Carrara marble steam shower and, center stage, an infinity tub built for two. All is complete with the ultimate custom-designed closet with built-ins.
The balance of the main house includes a guest bedroom suite and main living areas designed with an open floor plan. One instantly envisions a chic dinner party with guests dining among city lights and gorgeous ocean vistas, or an occasion even more grand, easily catered from a sleek gourmet kitchen featuring two prep islands and an eat-in bar, a professional-grade butler’s area, wine refrigerators, Miele appliances and Pedini cabinetry.
The second structure holds the guests’ quarters to grant friends a visit in style. The bright, oversized suites are streamlined, with sky-high ceilings and well-planned kitchenettes. The two guest rooms in this structure overlook the ocean and canyon, as well as offer the best close-ups of the main pool. Nearby, a wide viewing deck surrounds the glass and concrete pool house which opens onto the inviting heated pool.
Even from inside the pool house one can see across the pool to the ocean and through the glass walls of the main house. This space is ideal for playing host to memorable parties year-round. Inside, a full kitchen with eat-in bar is conveniently located for serving guests. A large living space with gas fireplace is wonderfully suitable for watching sports or perhaps to place a pool table as the anchor of a desired game room. Attached is a hot sauna and two changing cabanas with full baths.
“An architectural task such as this was a long time in the making,” states Geilman. “This property couldn’t be reproduced today for this price because the property value alone has increased so dramatically since the purchase of the land.” Considering every convenience, this luxurious modern compound emerges, with unmatched value, as the ultimate resort-style retreat.
Greg Geilman | 310.504.3630
& Rob Freedman | 310.291.7779
of The DOMO Group – RE/MAX Estate Properties
and Tim Smith | 949.717.4711
of The Smith Group
Before starting his adventure in the United States, Jean de Merry was a French novelist working in his country of origin. Naturally curious and always seeking inspiration, de Merry learned about the techniques used by his family for four centuries to operate a leather tanning business in a small town of France.
Then he discovered the work of design icons and, in particular, Eileen Gray. All of this knowledge encouraged his new career and led to the launch of his eponymous furniture line in 2001 with his partner, Christian Darnaud-Maroselli. The duo chose Los Angeles to open their first showroom and atelier.
Since the beginning, their objective was clear: “uphold the craft of a bygone era.” Comprising seating, lighting, case goods, and decorative art, the Jean de Merry line is created with old French techniques that are adapted to rich materials such as woods, leathers, shagreen, parchment and bronze. “It’s all in the method,” de Merry says.
“We are applying very special methods to our materials.” Quality and craftsmanship are at the heart of everything that Darnaud-Maroselli and de Merry do. “What appeals to us most is the balance of male and female characteristics in the pieces,” explains Darnaud-Maroselli, who sees a yin and yang quality throughout the Jean de Merry collection. Indeed, while the richness of materials gives the creations a feminine touch, the sleek lines add a masculine look.
“The end results are wholly new designs rooted in older forms and based on traditional ways of manufacturing,” describes de Merry.
In addition to the three exclusive lines by Jean de Merry, Dylan Farrell and Jean-Louis Deniot, the brand also represents Atelier d’Amis, Callidus Guild, Natasha Baradaran, Kimberly Denman, Patricia Roach and Philip Nimmo, among others.
The beautiful yet functional pieces of design adorn interiors all over the planet, from high-end residential projects to commercial ones such as BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman in New York; Peninsula hotels in Chicago and New York; The Beverly Hills and Bel-Air Hotels in Los Angeles, one of the Crown hotels in Melbourne, Australia, and luxury fashion boutiques Dior and Tiffany & Co.
In summer of 2016, Jean de Merry’s Los Angeles flagship moved to a 10,000-square-foot space located in the Pacific Design Center. Featuring 40-foot high ceilings, subtle colors and sophisticated finishes, it showcases the different collections in a harmonious atmosphere.
“Pacific Design Center was particularly appealing to us with its dynamic showroom space, which allows us to curate an exceptional buying experience while engaging the brand with new demographics,” Darnaud-Maroselli says. Jean de Merry also has boutiques in New York, Chicago and Dallas, and is represented in other U.S. cities, as well as in other countries.
A few months ago, new pieces were added to the collection, including the Duna sofa, Eaton sideboard, Gali & Gao side tables, Hanna wall sconce, Capsula mirror and Ceara armchair, to name a few. Every creation by Jean de Merry follows the same ethos: “Never modish but always stylish and relevant, these pieces are the heirlooms of the future.” jeandemerry.com
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF JEAN DE MERRY
Newly built, this European-style villa designed by noted architect Hamid Gabbay not only is found in the prestigious Beverly Hills Flats, it is also equipped with almost every over-the-top amenity imaginable. Think lavish conveniences such as a commercial-grade elevator; gym with sauna and steam shower; sleek wine storage; a restaurant-sized bar with alabaster back-lit countertops; 12-seat movie theater; and large covered loggia that opens onto an inviting grassy lawn leading to a sparkling pool and spa, just to name a few.
“This is a home that buyers are looking for . . . brand-new construction with all the bells and whistles,” confirms Steve Frankel of Steve Frankel Luxury Estates Group, who is co-listing the residence with Linda May of Hilton & Hyland for $15.9 million. “Buyers are looking for homes they can move right into and that don’t need remodeling or rebuilding, and the majority of the homes in the Flats are older and in need of work.”
Nestled on a 12,532-square-foot parcel of land at 603 N. Bedford—within walking distance to a bounty of shops and restaurants—this contemporary, six-bedroom abode features 10,000-plus square feet of open, voluminous and light-filled living space on three levels. Expect dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, designer lighting, intricate crown molding and soaring ceilings throughout, along with retractable doors to provide a seamless indoor-outdoor experience.
Show-stopping is a grand two-story foyer with spiral staircase sporting ornate wrought-iron railings; main-floor office/study with built-in bookcases and a fireplace; formal dining room with herringbone flooring and a wine room; and an elegant living room with a martini bar and fireplace. The gourmet eat-in kitchen boasts high-end appliances, a large center island, and butler’s pantry, while the master suite is resplendent with a seating area with fireplace, dual closets and marble baths, and an expansive terrace overlooking the grounds.
“This home sets a new standard in Beverly Hills with its grand proportions and clean interior lines,” says Frankel. “It’s the unique and gorgeous property that today’s buyers are seeking.”
Steve Frankel of Steve Frankel Luxury Estates Group
and Linda May of Hilton & Hyland
Photographs courtesy of Simon Berlyn
There’s something magical about the ocean end of San Vicente. Perhaps it’s the road itself, thick with trees and a central meridian lush with landscaping. Maybe it’s the rows of beautiful homes, breathtaking and stately, or the smell and feel of the sea that cools the air even on the warmest days of a California summer. There are beautiful late-model cars, and joggers and bicyclists enjoying the outdoors, their dogs loping rhythmically behind.
There’s no need to ever leave this neighborhood with so much at your fingertips: Montana Avenue, with its award-winning shops and restaurants, is just a few streets away; the beach is but a short walk; Third Street Promenade offers movie theaters, and the Brentwood and Riviera Country Clubs beckon with their four-star amenities and carefully vetted clientele.
Not to mention that, with access to PCH and the 10, the rest of the city’s benefits are so easily accessible. This is Los Angeles as you always imagined it could be, with beauty in every moment.
That feeling is reinforced when you arrive at this magnificent home in Santa Monica. Nestled in a private cul-de-sac just north of San Vicente, the ideal location brings you to the first box on your list—check. Unlike the other side of the Boulevard, the streets are quiet, rarely traversed by foot traffic other than the people who live and work here. If safety, solitude and knowing your neighbors are priorities, 121 Esparta Way appears to be the answer.
The home extends its welcome even before you step inside. Manicured plantings and a balanced facade with a separate entryway for each car telegraph that this expertly crafted house has been constructed with a modern family in mind.
Reclaimed European white oak floors extend from just inside the entryway, one space on a long list of those with the refined finishes and impeccable details that characterize this home. High-coffered ceilings, wainscoting, chair railings, and black gold marble fireplaces emphasize the impression of quality. Here is a space made for gracious and magnanimous entertaining.
An imposing kitchen with natural black soapstone counters, two islands, a full pantry, two refrigerators and the best of Miele’s meticulously-made appliances arouse envy even before they’re put to work by a chef (and catering staff, hired for the evening to create and plate hors d’oeuvres for guests to sample), or a father, whipping up his legendary pancakes, piled high with whipped cream and berries, as children and friends wait at one of the counters or around the breakfast table.
But, while it’s said that everyone always ends up in the kitchen, when it comes to this home, other features are equally alluring. Certainly, given so much voluminous square footage—a lot of approximately 12,000 square feet, the home more than 8,400 square feet over three spacious levels—parents and children can play host simultaneously and separately.
Whether for informal or large-scale occasions, this home offers plenty of options for year-round entertaining. There’s the large open-plan family room, with folding doors that fully open it to the backyard and a generous limestone patio with room for a long dining table. Along with heaters, inset into the roof, and a barbecue, there’s the sunken marble fire pit that helps make this area a welcoming gathering spot on chilly evenings.
Warm up here after a dip in the pool and a long soak in the hot tub. Or, with a carefully curated Spotify playlist providing background music piped in via the residence’s entertainment system, it sets up the perfect finish to a long dinner shared with good friends.
The bar, game area, and den on the lower level are another draw. After a pool tournament and a few specialty cocktails, garnished with fresh fruit found at the nearby Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, invite colleagues to stay for a screening.
The tiered and insulated theater room is a comfortable spot for just such a moment. For more significant evenings, a formal dining room and living room provide the ultimate setting.
Of course, entertaining is but one of the pleasures of having a house that lives as beautifully as this one. The hospitality it extends to guests is only matched by the luxury that it brings to everyday activities.
This is a place that functions equally well for private times as it does for public occasions, with each of the six en-suite bedrooms, including one on the lower level, offering the ideal living quarters for a nanny or long-term visitor, guaranteeing the ultimate in rest and relaxation.
Certainly, the master bedroom is a complete retreat unto itself, with a cavernous closet, private office, and an exquisitely appointed bathroom with separate toilet rooms. It is tempting to spend entire weekends here, and with a lower-level home gym on the premises, that is entirely possible.
If you’re a lover of predawn circuit training, rest assured that with the gym’s Pavigym flooring, a specially designed rubber material that reduces noise and vibration, a vigorous workout session would not wake the family. A steam shower and cedar sauna would, however, make for a bracing start to a busy day.
Though it is hard to leave the house such as this one for the chaos of the outside world, remembering all you might have to come home to, helps. Pull out a bottle from the wine cellar, with its black smoke mirror backdrop and cedar shelving, and compose a toast to a life well-lived.
Drew Fenton, Bjorn Farrugia, and Alphonso Lascano, Hilton & Hyland and Charles Pence, Pence Hathorn Silver
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON
Had Ben Rahn started architecture school as he planned, it’s entirely possible that he might have designed some of the spaces he now shoots as an architectural photographer.
But in discovering what seemed to be a large number of dissatisfied young architects and the fun of photographing architecture and interiors, he pictured an entirely new career—quite wisely, as it turns out.
Now with A-Frame, the studio he founded in 2003 with offices in Toronto and Brooklyn, and a book, The Modern A-Frame, under his belt, Rahn has achieved maximum exposure for his work—images of spectacular spaces from residences to retail and more.
That we see these spaces so spectacularly is not all his doing. “Some spaces just are what they are,” says Rahn, with the humility of a native Canadian, despite the fact that to his clients, who, along with architects like Santa Monica-based Hagy Belzberg, include developers and designers, he is the man with the camera.
Awarding not a moment of self-promotion to himself, Rahn only adds: “It’s pretty easy to make an amazing look amazing.” But something “a little less design-forward that still serves an important function? That’s harder.”
Between the technical and artistic is where Rahn does his best work. “A beautiful abstract photograph doesn’t tell you anything beyond the frame,” he notes. “If I can build a narrative, then I can make a space more compelling.” Even largely undeviating spaces, like a hospital.
“Part of what we do is informational,” Rahn continues. “With health care, maybe the architecture isn’t as spectacular as a museum or an art gallery, but it serves a really important function. We try to show how architecture actually engages with the user, which is invaluable to what you don’t see, like good medical outcomes. It’s easy to go down the design-fetish hole and find yourself somewhere where the end user doesn’t matter. I want it to matter.”
Clearly, Rahn is no vanity-project photographer; his first foray into architectural photography was shooting abandoned buildings. True, he is in glossier territory these days—Rahn’s work frequently appears in top shelter mags including Interior Design—but his is a process guy’s way of working.
He starts with lighting, considers conditions, and consults with collaborators. While a less thoughtful lensman’s first tendency might be to find a corner in order to fit everything possible into the frame, “the more effective photograph is one that is edited and looked at in a tighter way to find the essence of a space,” says Rahn, who thinks about how to distill a project to a series of smaller images as opposed to just “big wide shots that show everything and nothing.”
In bringing his abandoned-buildings appreciation for authenticity to higher-profile projects, Rahn has become a top draw in architectural photography, which offers “a slower way of working than other kinds of photography,” he notes. “I like that it’s more contemplative.
There’s a different energy.” As for leaving thoughts of architecture school behind, Rahn, with no regrets, takes this view: “It’s been an incredible design education. I see something new every day.” aframestudio.com
PHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY OF BEN RAHN FROM THE MODERN A-FRAME, REPRINTED BY PERMISSION OF GIBBS SMITH
During WWII there were radar towers in the South Bay poised atop Tennyson Place in Hermosa Beach, and the reason had everything to do with the altitude. Rumored to be the highest point west of Pacific Coast Highway, this area remains an ideal spot for building one’s dream home.
There are oversized parcels of land, the draw of an exclusive beachside neighborhood and best of all, prime views—stretching across ocean and hillside.
“It’s a very unique spot because the lots are massive”
says real estate agent Rob Freedman, who is co-listing the property, “and it’s pretty sleepy back there. It’s a hidden gem.”
On a particularly lofty Tennyson lot, a custom home (more like a mini-compound) was erected a few years ago. The approximately 7,300-square-foot home spanning three levels was designed in dreamy partnership with its plethora of outdoor places, and the resulting atmosphere is one of private, fresh-air luxury. Step inside and, though you may still technically be in the South Bay, just a one-minute drive from Pacific Coast Highway, you’re guaranteed to feel somewhere far, far away.
The architect is Louie Tomaro, whose assembly of geometric angles, plentiful glass, and overhanging eaves are cleverly softened by an inviting palette of Spanish cedar, white stucco, and textured stone. Indoors, sunlight and stirring views are everywhere.
“When you get panoramic first-floor views, and panoramic second-floor views, that’s very unusual,” points out co-listing agent Bryn Stroyke. It’s not by accident but by meticulous planning that palm trees, blue skies, and ocean vistas follow you through home and yard. “The way the home is situated on the site takes full advantage of the lot,” explains Freedman, whose real estate acumen is supplemented with a Cornell architecture degree. “It’s got about a good a view that you can get in Hermosa Beach.”
The home opens onto the formal living room, a floating space with walls of glass on three sides, revealing grand vistas. “The living room became the perfect space to utilize the cantilever which welcomes you as you enter in the front door,” says architect Tomaro.
“Entering the living room gives the sense as if you are floating over the ocean in the view beyond.” From the exterior, it’s one of the home’s most captivating features—a glassy cube seemingly held up by air. “The floating, cantilevered look softens things,” says the home’s builder, Dan Bronner of Dolphin Construction. “It really lightens up a big structure.”
The main floor of the home’s interior hosts a myriad of clean-cut and spacious gathering spaces, nearly all of them designed to grant instant access to the outdoors via endless glass walls and doors that pocket neatly into the walls.
The openness of the home lends a flow to, and between, indoor and outdoor spaces. “The style of the Tennyson project is a coastal contemporary home that was driven by the family’s active lifestyle,” explains Tomaro. “The clean lines and floor-to-ceiling glass create a modern feel that allowed us to fully capitalize on the stunning views this sight had to offer,” he adds.
The kitchen, for instance, a gleaming place of wood, steel, and stone, adjoins not only the outdoors but also a spacious family room and a sitting nook—a pure white space that connects dramatically to the back yard via glass walls.
“The sliding doors that pocket into the wall allows you to join the front and back of the house together,” notes Bronner. “It’s a wonderful place to have an entertaining evening, and have it flow seamlessly from the back yard, through the house, and into the front yard.”
Speaking of the outdoors, the size of the lot affords plenty of al fresco areas; each varies but all look and feel like the leisured grounds of a world-class resort. “There are multiple entertainment areas,” Tomaro describes, “with the pool and yard providing a focal point for the public and private spaces to wrap around, creating a constant indoor-outdoor relationship.”
Due to the amount of space, says Stroyke, “There are no hard decisions. You’re able to accommodate everything. The back yard features an elegant swimming pool and spa adjacent to a covered cabana that’s ideal for warm-weather lounging.
Steps away is a tidy sports court, and at the southwest corner of the grassy front yard, a spacious hot tub with a dramatic fire feature. “You can sit with quite a few people, have a glass of wine and overlook Catalina Island with fantastic views,” says Freedman.
Back inside, the top floor features four of the home’s five bedrooms, including a mellow master suite with a custom mahogany beam-work ceiling, inlaid fireplace and fresh-air sitting balcony that faces the ocean square on—one of the home’s many spots to ponder the brilliant colors at sunset.
An equally prime place is the master bath suite, a luxurious space decked in wood and natural stone, with plentiful ocean views, even from the soaking tub and the generous walk-in shower.
Not to miss on this floor is a grand deck, over 1,000 feet in size, adjoining a spacious gym and dance rehearsal studio. Cleverly shaded to blunt the sun’s strongest rays, and capture a full panorama of ocean views, from north to south, this private space beckons as a lounge for everyday use, or as an ideal site for full-blown soirées.
Rounding out the home’s star-studded amenities is a lower level with a plush theater, chic wine cellar and kid-friendly recreation room. A seven-car garage, in addition to an exterior parking area, is a convenient touch for a home that’s bound to have guests.
“It’s a big, pavilion home that at once is perfect for a family, yet has this architectural verve about it that’s livable, yet uplifting,” says Freedman. Indeed, this sculpted and elegant place, soaked in light and ocean vistas, and stocked with abundant outdoor spaces satisfies the most-sought-after trifecta in South Bay luxe house hunting.
There’s no need to make those not-uncommon compromises, such as swapping views for size, and foregoing pool dreams in order to save precious lawn space. As Stroyke simply sums it up: “With this property, you can have your cake and eat it too.”
Rob Freedman | 310.291.7779
of The Domo Group – RE/MAX Estate Properties
Bryn Stroyke | 310.880.3436
of Stroyke Properties
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Certain elements characterize a great home in Los Angeles. First and foremost is the proximity to nature. Privacy is a marker too, and architecture that harmonizes with the environment another.
A midcentury modern-style home with a pool, low-slung profile, flat roof and large expanses of glass that blur the boundaries between indoors and out is ideal. Unfortunately, this elusive triptych is increasingly difficult to find within the city’s boundaries. But this combination of privacy, nature, and architecture finds an eloquent expression at 14400 Villa Woods Place.
First, the accessibility to nature here is a feature at the heart of the homes located in the Will Rogers State Park neighborhood—a fact that’s immediately clear when winding up Will Rogers State Park Road. The softly curving drive quickly erases the memory of busy Sunset Boulevard in favor of lush, rolling hills and cavorting wildlife: parades of waddling ducks, leaping deer, and clusters of curious rabbits are a common occurrence here.
The destination, one of the first houses built in this community with two bedroom wings that stretch out from a central living space, has been cited to embrace both the pool and the unbroken vista of the Park’s 168 acres.
A private gate in the property’s fence offers direct access to its numerous hiking paths and horse trails, breathtaking lookout points, elegant lawns, and polo fields, with additional trails that connect the home to Topanga and Temescal Canyon State Parks. There’s no need for a weekend place. With the countryside your backyard, escape is always within reach.
The home’s setting offers the twin attributes of solitude and privacy. While situated within a few minutes of the sophisticated dining, shopping and cultural pleasures of Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica, including the Getty Museum and Rick Caruso’s vibrant Palisades Village, and within moments of PCH, this hidden enclave is a world unto itself.
Located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, this area, which sees infrequent traffic, is unique in its ability to provide children with a protected space in which to ride bikes and skateboards (witness the skateboard ramp at the end of the block). Parents who remember the blissful anonymity of their childhood explorations will appreciate this rare gift; they’ll also enjoy the peace of mind afforded by the safety of their secluded enclave.
Last but certainly not least is the home itself. Building on the foundation of solid construction and beautiful craftsmanship that are the hallmarks of midcentury modern style, the single level home, ideally positioned on a generous lot, has been remodeled and updated, with an eye for both beauty and modern conveniences as its driving factors and a solar-heated pool and fire pit.
Expansive walls of glass flood the large central living room and book-lined dining area with light and overlook the pool, creating the perfect space for entertaining friends and family, whether for a casual weekend brunch with a few friends—with plenty of space for outdoor lounging, entertaining and dining, such a day will fly by—or an elegant cocktail soirée for a hundred or more guests. A fire pit is a natural place to gather.
Inside the home, wood-burning fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, and wood floors suffuse the interior with inviting warmth. The balanced proportions of these rooms, which also hooks the family room, bar, and 3/4 bath, as well as a spacious eat-in kitchen into the rhythm of daily life, allow each member of the family to find their own space while still enjoying the feeling of comfort that comes from visual contact.
This interconnectedness allows for the natural ebb and flow between privacy and togetherness. The beautifully landscaped grounds, flush with citrus trees that are plump with fruit, include a large rear yard complete with a soccer pitch lit for nighttime play, a zip line, and a tree house.
Five bedrooms—a pair with a shared bath on either wing, plus a master suite with generous French doors opening on to the pool—ensure a space for everyone to dream. Guests will especially enjoy the anonymity of coming and going at their leisure, content not to disturb the rest of the house when tiptoeing in after midnight or enjoying a late-night snack.
For those who work at home, an office designed with built-in storage is directly accessible from the carport. Its dual work stations discretely overlook the pool, allowing parents to catch up on work while keeping an eye on their children. When it’s time for a break, grab the dog and call the kids to join you on the half-mile trek up to Inspiration Point.
From here you can see from Santa Monica Bay all the way to downtown. If a home is all about location, you couldn’t have picked a more perfect spot. Top of the world, indeed.
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Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster has listed her 7,500-square-foot Coldwater Canyon home in Beverly Hills home for $15.9 million. According to the Observer, Foster spent $11.75 million for the secluded walled and gated property in June 2012, and she and her wife Alexandra Hedison have made it their primary residence, according to Yolanda’s Little Black Book, which first spotted the listing.
The five-bedroom, 5.5-bath house, which is situated on a 0.65-acre parcel, originally was built in 1952 and has since been expanded and remodeled. A private walkway leads to a two-story formal entry, which has a dangling light fixture and a staircase with a dark wood railing. The formal living room, which contains a grand fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows, is found between a media room and a formal dining room. The listing is held by David Kramer of Hilton & Hyland.