One of Bel Air’s most coveted streets sets the stage for unparalleled living and entertaining
Written by Abigail Stone
Photography by Paul Jonason
Presented by Dustin Cumming & Monty Beisel of Hilton & Hyland
List price $16,999,999
There are some homes that seem made for entertaining, inspiring admiration and eager anticipation for an invitation to one of their gatherings. From the location and overall design to the balanced yet magnificent proportions, these homes not only support the lives of their inhabitants, but also tend to the enjoyment of visitors.
The home at 100 S. Mapleton is one such rarity. The recently renovated French-inspired chateau is tucked just below one of the most beautiful and curvaceous sections of Sunset Boulevard, on the stretch just west of Beverly Hills—a coveted block in Bel Air, just up from the famed Playboy Mansion. A double-gated entryway draws the admiration of visitors even before they arrive at their destination. In front of the home’s stately limestone façade, a grand, manicured courtyard offers parking for close to a dozen vehicles.
Inside, the home weaves a spell of sophistication. The double height foyer boasts a sparkling chandelier, dripping with cut crystals that throw rainbows around the room and sways over a gracious staircase that sweeps down from the second floor balcony. To the right, a clubby library includes its own bathroom, creating the ideal setting for a home office independent of the rest of the house. To the left, a guest powder room offers visitors a place to freshen up before presenting themselves to their hosts. There’s a formal living room, with plenty of room for a grand piano. Beyond, two dens connected by a full-size bar, include fireplaces and a seamless transition to the exterior.
This is Los Angeles, after all, where the glorious weather encourages a variety of outdoor activities. To wit, the home’s generous acre of land enfolds the charming salt water pool, two bubbling fountains, a gurgling stream, a generous grassy lawn, and a regulation-sized clay tennis court that can be illuminated for nighttime games. Guests can easily make themselves at home here, whether their pleasures include tennis, swimming, ping pong or pool, or just lounging in the sun with a cocktail and a fresh copy of this season’s must-read book. An invitation for Sunday brunch can easily turn into one for Sunday dinner.
Although the recently renovated kitchen evokes genteel summers in Provence with its pale lime-washed cabinetry, its capabilities rival those of any professional kitchen in the city, whether the evening calls for cocktails and appetizers for 200 or an exquisite multi-course dinner for 20 served in the formal dining room. Separate maid’s quarters, tucked away to the side of the house near the kitchen, offer two junior bedroom suites, ideal for live-in assistance, complete with access to a back staircase that ensures discreet entrances and exits. Of course, it can also serve the needs of guests or family, or even business associates who appreciate privacy.
Not only are guests treated like royalty in this palatial estate, upstairs, the living quarters provide residents with hotel-quality amenities. The master bedroom suite enjoys a fireplace and spacious, separate closets for occupants with multi-season wardrobes, while also treating each spouse to their own generously proportioned bathroom; including a steam shower in one and a stand-alone limestone soaking tub in the other. The two other bedroom suites on this floor include similar comforts, pampering denizens with their own substantial closets and luxurious bathrooms.
No doubt that guests will leave this home’s embrace with their fingers crossed, hoping for an invitation to return. Lucky you, though, you’re already home.