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
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.
When Baron Steinbrecher attained his real estate license in 2012, his first order of business was to find and purchase a property that he could re-develop and sell. His prayers were answered when he walked into a broker’s open for an architectural home set in Beverly Hills, at the coveted Trousdale Estates neighborhood.
Feeling special energy about the house, he quickly pulled together some investors, purchased it, and two years later sold the fully renovated residence for a record price on the street of $12.9 million. Today, the reimagined abode is once again on the market, complete with distinguished details including high-end finishes, a seamless indoor-outdoor flow, and jaw-dropping vistas.
“The most amazing thing about the property is that possesses the complete package,” says Steinbrecher, who is co-listing the home with Mauricio Umansky, both of The Agency, for $15.8 million.
“It’s private, set back from the street with a large driveway, and although it’s modern, the Mid-century architectural integrity remained intact. The floor plan is open but also flexible with all the pocket doors, and the rooms all have great volume and space that overlook the incredible city and ocean views.”
Found at 521 Chalette Drive—behind gates on one of Trousdale’s most coveted thoroughfares—the four-bedroom, five-bath dwelling was completed (using some existing foundation) by architect Christ Light of C.J. Light Associates and Gordon Gibson Construction.
Expect 5,638 square feet of sexy, Josh Brown-designed living space on a single level highlighted by a soaring, open great room with a Portoro marble fireplace, and a dining area lined with Fleetwood walls of glass that open to attractive grounds spotlighting grassy lawns, a zero-edge infinity pool with floating spa and cabana with a fire feature.
Yet other standout attributes a professional chef’s kitchen with Calacatta gold counters and backsplash; plush screening room; and a spacious master suite and spa-like bath offering direct access to a private patio and pool terrace.
“This property perfectly blends the authentic, Mid-century Trousdale Estates vibe with a modern but timeless design,” says Steinbrecher. “There is a special energy people feel when they walk through the door that is only magnified by the incredible views.”
Baron Steinbrecher and Mauricio Umansky of The Agency
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF THE AGENCY
Interior designer to the stars Donna Livingston has put a remodeled home in the Beverly Hills Post Office area on the market for $3.075 million. According to the L.A. Times, the two-story California ranch house, previously owned by “The Mummy” actor Oded Fehr, was both a project and a personal residence for the designer.
Expect 3,246 square feet of living space featuring high-pitched ceilings, a duo of fireplaces, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms, and three baths. A sitting area, walk-in closet and lavish bath with a soaking tub comprise the master suite, which connects to a secluded side patio via French doors. The house, built in 1956, sits on two-thirds of an acre with a fire pit, pool, and spa. Zach Goldsmith of Hilton & Hyland holds the listing.
The Beverly Hills house of late NBA super-agent Dan Fegan has hit the market for $14.5 million. According to the L.A. Times, the single-story contemporary was built in 1968 and has since been updated.
Expect about 4,600 square feet of living space including a marble-lined foyer, living room with a fireplace, wood-paneled den, center-island kitchen with poured concrete countertops, four bedrooms and 3.5 baths, all set on three-quarters of an acre on a cul-de-sac with canyon, city and ocean views.
Outdoors, the hillside property has covered and uncovered patio space, a pool and motor court.
Former Entertainment Tonight co-host Leeza Gibbons and her husband, writer-producer Steve Fenton, have sold their East Coast-inspired traditional home in Beverly Hills for $15.43 million. According to the L.A. Times, the two-story residence is set on a half-acre of grounds and boasts 6,570 square feet of living space featuring a living room, family room, library/den, five bedrooms and six baths.
Folding doors open to the backyard, which holds a tiered patio, pool, an expansive lawn, a fireplace, and two-story guest house. The couple originally asked $18.5 million when they listed the house in February, with the property more recently listed at $16.995 million. Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Residential and Gregg Silver of Keller Williams Beverly Hills served as the co-listing agents, with Valerie Fitzgerald of Coldwell Banker representing the buyer.
Photos provided by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Award-winning film producer Mark Damon has put his Beverly Hills mansion on the market for $10.89 million. According to Mansion Global, the Tudor-style house sits on 2-plus gated acres. Inside, 11,000 square feet of living space features seven bedrooms, including a master suite boasting a wood-paneled ceiling and a headboard from a 300-year-old Italian church.
The house also has a private deck with a Japanese tea room built by Japanese architects with cedar and black sesame wood from the forests of Hokkaido. Outdoors, the property has an in-ground sauna, a 50-foot-long pool lined with Pebble Tec and a guest house. Marc Noah of Sotheby’s serves as the listing agent. www.mansionglobal.com
Timeless architecture and tasteful, sophisticated design make this newly-built contemporary Spanish dwelling a true classic that will never go out of style.
Imagine floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open seamlessly to outdoor environs ideal for entertaining, paired with a prestigious locale in the coveted flats of Beverly Hills highlighted by beautifully maintained and manicured streets and world-class shopping and dining just minutes away.
One of the property’s most unique features is the grand, double-height library at the heart of the home, where the ceilings soar to over 19 feet high
Sally Forster Jones of SFJ Group/Compass is listing the property for $16.5 million.
“Sunlight streams into this inspiring sanctuary, thanks to a skylight whose impact is amplified by an endless array of backlit built-ins. It’s the perfect place to curl up by the fireplace with your favorite book and to savor your own private retreat.”
The five-bedroom home, situated at 711 Walden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210 was built by Standard Architecture & Design.
Expect more than 8,000 square feet of JSN Studio-designed living space featuring a formal living room that flows to an oak and leather marble bar and formal dining room with towering French doors, plus a sleek chef’s kitchen featuring a grand Calacatta waterfall center island, Wolf, Sub-Zero and Meile appliances, a wine refrigerator for 102 bottles and a breakfast nook with an Indiana buff fireplace.
A spacious master suite with vaulted ceilings contains a seating area, Steelworks French doors opening to a balcony overlooking the pool, and his-and-her walk-in closets and marble-accented baths, while the resort-style grounds are highlighted by a patio for al fresco dining, pool and spa, and pool house.
“Quite simply, this estate offers the best of both worlds,” says Forster Jones. “It has the allure of elegant European influences and Spanish architecture, combined with the natural finishes and casual living spaces perfectly suited for a luxurious and modern lifestyle.”
Sally Forster Jones of SFJ Group/Compass
List Price: $16.5 Million
The first urban glamping experience available in Los Angeles, atop Beverly Wilshire Hotel on the stunning Veranda Suite terrace with downtown LA cityscape views.
The next time someone suggests that you take it outside, don’t hesitate. Chic tipis for evening cocktails with friends, A-frame canvas tents for large-scale events—“glamping” has come from the savannahs of Africa to the urban jungle of Los Angeles with incredibly fashionable effect.
The move towards urban glamping is not surprising, nor is it anything new—architects are rendering elaborate tree houses, Airstreams are rolling like rock stars, and Big Sur has a big thing for mountaintop yurts. There’s a cover for every occasion, and going past the pergola is proving particularly popular in Southern California, as so much of what defines living here is our indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
“Glamping is the most wonderful way to experience the outdoors without the hassle and work of camping,” says Sarah Dusek, CEO of Under Canvas, curator of luxury camp experiences with a new home collection.
“This really is a luxurious, elegant way to experience nature without having to give up luxuries of a hotel like… hot running water, showers, flushing toilets, plush king beds and luxury linens! There is nothing more unique or more exciting than glamping.”
But one need not venture far for this experience—urban glamping is often best when it’s close to home. Those with small spaces should worry not. A simple tipi is a slim, space-saving option, and one easily luxed up with luscious floor cushions and hanging lanterns a la Morocco. Larger versions, like a pop-up pavilion, can accommodate an entire family. Those with an epic backyard might find that a done-up safari-style tent is more sumptuous than yet another Sunbrella. Pool cabana with Wi-Fi? Done.
If feeling the need to take the trend to next level, the obvious choice is the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, where “next level” is the rooftop, on which is an expansive tent with a plush, linen-dressed bed, opulent crystal chandelier, fur rugs and more. Guests can also partake of a glamping tasting menu, complete with campfire s’mores made with 24-karat gold leaf, Tahitian vanilla bean marshmallow and a smoked Valrhona chocolate with Champagne flight. There’s simply nothing like the great outdoors.
Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire
Written by Abigail Stone | Photography Courtesy of Paul Jonason
Presented by: Santiago Arana, The Agency
List Price: $30,000,000
Brentwood, which runs as far south as Wilshire Boulevard, is ideally situated to enjoy the creme de la creme of Los Angeles. Here, you’ll find some of the city’s best public and private schools, the popular Brentwood Country Club, dozens of fine restaurants (where regulars quickly become family) and plenty of trendy boutiques. With the 405 on its eastern border and the 10 on its southern border, the entire city is within easy driving distance of almost everything.
In fact, for many, Brentwood is the very definition of living well in Los Angeles. Within this enclave, the streets north of Sunset that wind up through the Santa Monica Mountains are the setting for many of the area’s most coveted properties. Of these is a lower Tigertail address considered among the most prestigious. It’s here that Santiago Arana and David Herskowitz of Cutting Edge Development, Inc. created one of the most vibrant homes currently on the market.
Pooling their combined experience in the luxury home market, Arana (who has the distinction of being named the premier agent west of the 405, fourth in California, and 11th in the country by The Wall Street Journal, as well as an elite top agent five years in a row by both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety) and Herskowitz (who has built homes all over the area, including that of E! host Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill) incorporated everything one might wish for in a new build.
From quality materials and craftsmanship to five-star amenities, like a 10-car garage, pool, roof deck, elevator, front and back staircase, and service entrance, this eight-bedroom and 11-bath house easily tips over the line from outright beautiful to downright breathtaking.
Of course, a great home begins with a great location. Perched above nearby houses and accessible via a long majestic driveway, the home offers stunning, unobstructed views from each of its three levels.
Here, sight lines to the ocean and Catalina. There, an outlook of Downtown L.A. and Century City’s glittering towers. Every space—from the expansive roof deck, to the lushly landscaped backyard, to the bedrooms, to the courtyard at the top of the driveway— seems to frame a view tailor-made for sharing on Instagram.
“From quality materials and craftsmanship to five-star amenities … this eight-bedroom and 11-bath house easily tips over the line from outright beautiful to downright breathtaking.”
A home of this magnitude is often the setting for lavish parties, so Arana and Herskowitz have designed it with grand and frequent entertaining in mind, from casual parties to black-tie events. You might welcome guests at the front door and send them upstairs to the roof deck via the home’s elevator to enjoy aperitifs while the sun struts its daily drama; then, when its descent into the Pacific is complete, direct them down to the dining room for a sophisticated, chef-prepared supper.
The kitchen is outfitted with everything a professional might need to serve up a sumptuous feast, including two Sub-Zero refrigerators, multiple dishwashers and a capacious marble island, ideal for rolling out pastries. No worries if guests linger over a course. Warming ovens and an entire walk-in refrigerator area in the pantry ensure that every morsel is maintained at the ideal temperature. A wine cellar holds over 140 bottles and a butler’s pantry keeps behind-the-scenes preparations hidden from view.
If informal entertaining is on the calendar, consider an afternoon barbecue by the pool. There’s plenty of room for lounging on the large lawn and enjoying the afternoon rays. Sun-shy guests can escape the heat and still feel a part of the party, hanging out in the den that abuts the exterior. Later, when most of the guests have said their good-byes and only the inner circle remains, invite them downstairs for a cocktail.
A full bar is the centerpiece of the lower entertainment level. The moniker “game room” seems too diminutive for this expansive space, while “recreation room” seems too archaic a term to christen an area that boasts not only a state-of-the-art gaming system with a larger-than-life monitor, but also a ventilated cigar room; screening room; sauna, steam and massage room; gym; and more than enough TVs for watching multiple games at once.
Thoughtfully, Arana and Herskowitz have even provided a full-size regulation pool table. A laundry room, complete with two washers, two dryers and a pet bath, as well as two fully finished suites, ideal for live-in assistance, makes up the rest of this floor.
The third floor houses the bedrooms, including the spectacular master suite. There are few luxury hotel rooms in the world that can rival its amenities.
A fireplace, sitting area and vast deck that mimics the sweeping view of the ocean and downtown seen from the main floor are expected. What’s not: his and her dressing and powder room areas. His, which includes a spacious steam shower, also features abundant room for an extensive sneaker collection and sports equipment, as well as a full year’s worth of both casual and formal clothing.
Her quarters are even more generous. A freestanding spa tub sets the tone, harkening back to a time when getting dressed was a lesson in self-care. Smart glass windows, which frost at the touch of a button, offer an extra note of privacy during morning ministrations while a built-in vanity and a closet rivaling the finest boutique in Beverly Hills astounds. Created by Häfele, the foremost name in closet design, it includes sophisticated details from cold storage for furs to soft close drawers and closet lifts.
In a house of this caliber, where even the most mundane details have been created with meticulous care, such luxury is a given. You expect the best in life. Why should you expect anything less in your home?
“The setting is stylish yet casual, and the service is impeccable,” says Andy Brandon-Gordon of Toscana, which opened the Beverly Hills restaurant in mid-November, the fourth in its line of establishments including Toscana and Bar Toscana (Brentwood), and S.Y. Kitchen (Santa Ynez Valley). “One feels that they are part of the ‘club’ when they dine here. We make each guest feel welcome, and our servers know how to read a guest and make suggestions—whether they are regulars or there for the first time.”
Found in a 4,000-square-foot, 1950s building—adjacent to The Peninsula and Waldorf Astoria hotels, and luxury residential tower Ten Thousand—the Belzberg Architect Group-designed restaurant features a duo of alluring environments on two levels. Think a 75-seat downstairs dining area and full bar, combined with the sleek BG Lounge upstairs offering a complete bar and dining for 40.
Guests enter via a brick alleyway that has been transformed into a stunning courtyard by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, complete with gleaming beacons crafted from hand-blown glass floats (traditionally tied to fishing nets) beneath wooden benches that lead to the restaurant’s main entry, along with a brick wall that has been sandblasted to reveal a full moon rising from a bubbling fountain, a carpet of smooth beach pebbles and hanging vines. Inside, sexy and sophisticated Tim Clarke-crafted interiors are highlighted by curvy banquette seating, sofas and sculptural bar seats resting atop narrow, tapered legs; a glass-enclosed display kitchen; colorful pops of vintage Ferrari red and navy blue; custom lighting; and artwork by notable and contemporary artists.
As for the culinary offerings, Executive Chef Michele Lisi currently is serving up a light yet satisfying fall menu rife with California and imported Italian ingredients. Among the favorites: Lisi’s version of the classic Spaghetti alla Nerano (the signature pasta
found in many restaurants in this Italian coastal village) made with sautéed zucchini, squash blossoms, provolone and basil, along with four varieties of pizza roasted at more than 600 degrees in a Forno Classico wood-burning brick oven and an indulgent white truffle menu available through the end of the year.
Also not to be missed is more than 200 selections of Amalfi, classic Italian and California wines curated by sommelier Samantha Johnson, as well as an array of contemporary classic cocktails. One of the most popular: the Nerano Negroni Blanco, an authentic Italian masterpiece created in 1919 by Count Camillo Negroni at Caffe’ Casoni in Firenze featuring a modern twist of Plymouth Gin, Luxardo Bitter Bianco liqueur and aromatic Cocchi Americano wine.
“We appeal to wide demographic—people in the entertainment business, local residents, travelers based in Beverly Hills and aficionados of our style of cuisine,” says Andy. “And we have a group of customers who love to come to our bars—downstairs and upstairs in the BG Lounge—to enjoy our Italian-style craft cocktails in a sumptuous setting.”
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917 N. Crescent Drive | Beverly Hills French Modern | 6 Bedrooms |15,000 SQ.FT.
After his recent win in a monumental match against UFC fighter Conor McGregor, boxer Floyd Mayweather decided to lay out $26 million for a fully furnished Beverly Hills mansion listed by Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland. Situated at 917 N. Crescent Drive, the French modern estate was renovated in 2015 by developer Nile Niami.
Expect 15,000 square feet of open living space, including six bedrooms (most notably, a luxe master suite featuring a fireplace, large terrace offering treetop views, and dual designer showroom closets and baths); a formal living room with 10 sets of French doors; paneled library; formal dining room; gourmet kitchen imported from Italy; and family room with a cocktail bar and display wine cellar. Meanwhile, a 20-person cinema with Miele-equipped concession bar and a gym highlights the guest house. Outdoors, a massive black-and-white marble lanai hosts a pool and spa, seating area with fire pit and pool house.
10401 Wyton Drive | Little Holmby | Half-Acre | Master Suites | 7,371 SQ.FT.
Peter Samuelson—best known for producing films such as Revenge of the Nerds and Arlington Road, as well as founding the Starlight Children’s Foundation—and his wife Saryl have placed their Little Holmby abode at 10401 Wyton Drive on the market for $5.495 million.
“This majestic estate is perched on a rare half-acre knoll, surrounded by lush landscaping with amazing treetop views,” says Lisa Gild, who is co-listing the property with Richard Stearns, both of Partners Trust. “It has a grand entrance with soaring ceilings and is right across the street from Holmby Park.”
Inside the 7,371-square-foot residence (which also has housed Cary Grant and Betsy Drake, as well as Ralph Bellamy), one will find a media room with vaulted beamed ceiling; a pair of master suites with dual baths; and a professional chef’s kitchen.