Beverly Hills

Top of the World

This Modern Beauty is Ideally Suited for Living Luxuriously and Entertaining in Style

Written by Abigail Stone | Photography by Paul Jonason | Offered by Santiago Arana, The Agency | List Price: $14,500,000

One of Los Angeles’ unique features is its variety of terrain accessible within an hour’s drive: there are the sandy beaches of Malibu, the urban sprawl of downtown, the canals of Venice, the rustic terrain of Topanga Canyon. The challenge is, of course, finding a home that feels remote but is close to the center of the action. This is just one of the extraordinary features of 1280 Angelo Drive, located in the area knownas Upper Angelo.

Though only a 15-minute drive from Beverly Hills, up a beautiful and quiet winding road just north of the Beverly Hills Hotel, the home feels tucked away, the landscape still untamed. Yet the cultural offerings of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts; the gourmet delights of Spago, Cut, The Grill, Bouchon, E. Baldi and Matsuhisa; and the first-class shopping of Rodeo Drive are all within convenient proximity.

Step inside the home’s metal gate and its many charms and amenities dazzle.

The whitewashed modern home evokes the beautiful Spanish Revival structures that define the best of Southern California. Unlike many properties of this size—the home is spacious, with 7,767 square feet, seven bedrooms and six and a half baths—it doesn’t feel cavernous. The architect has successfully carved out a balance of public and private spaces throughout the home’s three floors, making it function equally well for meeting the daily needs of a family on the go and lavish entertaining.

6n8a6335The large polished front door opens to a circular entryway flooded with light. A beautiful wooden floor, inlaid with a spiral that echoes the sculptural staircase that climbs to the second floor, radiates out from a central point, the natural stage for a favorite piece of art. To the right of the front door, a bedroom suite offers anonymity to guests coming and going at their leisure.

Opening onto the home’s center courtyard and pool, this space would also make an ideal den or home office.

The central entertaining areas on the main floor also pivot around this area. During Los Angeles’ chilly months, with a fire crackling away, its lively glow enhanced by the hearth’s shimmering metallic tiles, the living room transforms into the perfect setting for intimate gatherings with friends and family.

Yet, open to the other rooms on this floor, as well as to the home’s two levels of outdoor space, it’s easily drawn into service for large events.

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The spacious open-plan kitchen, cleverly designed to recede into the background when not in use, includes every luxury a professional chef might need.

For leisurely mornings, a breakfast room overlooks the canyon, the home’s three floors, making it function equally well for meeting the daily needs of a family on the go and lavish entertaining.

The large polished front door opens to a circular entryway flooded with light. A beautiful wooden floor, inlaid with a spiral that echoes the sculptural staircase that climbs to the second floor, radiates out from a central point, the natural stage for a favorite piece of art. To the right of the front door, a bedroom suite offers anonymity to guests coming and going at their leisure.

Opening onto the home’s center courtyard and pool, this space would also make an ideal den or home office.

The central entertaining areas on the main floor also pivot around this area. During Los Angeles’ chilly months, with a fire crackling away, its lively glow enhanced by the hearth’s shimmering metallic tiles, the living room transforms into the perfect setting for intimate gatherings with friends and family.

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Yet, open to the other rooms on this floor, as well as to the home’s two levels of outdoor space, it’s easily drawn into service for large events.

The spacious open-plan kitchen, cleverly designed to recede into the background when not in use, includes every luxury a professional chef might need. For leisurely mornings, a breakfast room overlooks the canyon,  the beauty of the landscape setting the tone for the day. A long bar with a waterfall marble top is a dramatic backdrop for a Thanksgiving buffet or, with the house hosting a benefit, as a bar to greet guests with a perfectly chilled glass of champagne pulled from the state-of-the-art wine cellar and tasting room.

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The home’s stone flooring continues onto the patios, creating a seamless transition between indoors and out.

Because, of course, it’s the view, framed in the windows and in the corner of the den, which draws all eyes. The dramatic, unobstructed panorama of the hills, the city and the oceans glimpsed from the road on the way up to the house are laid out in their full glory here. Two levels of patio space, complete with a full outdoor kitchen, ensure that the events enjoyed here—a festive dinner for 20, a lavish cocktail soirée for 300, a yogi leading a select group of friends in sun salutations— will be talked about for years to come.

With no expense spared in creating the private bedrooms upstairs, they rival any five-star hotel, with each suite including a full bath, exquisitely appointed closets and a balcony from which to enjoy the home’s spectacular views. Building to a crescendo, the master suite astounds, echoing the view seen from the lower floors. In the bathroom, a grand steam shower, a spa tub and a double vanity make a pleasure of even the most harried mornings.

There’s a workout room, of course—just another thoughtful feature in a home full of them.

With live-in assistance essential to running a home of this size, a private housekeeper’s quarters is hidden behind the kitchen. Located at the foot of the second staircase, it allows a housekeeper to discretely service rooms and bring in groceries from the garage without running into family or guests.

In keeping with the innovations, smart home features offer the latest tech advancements, providing homeowners with the ability to control every feature, from the lights to the air conditioning to the music and security system, from a phone.

It’s usually around sunset that it hits; the moment one catches the sun sparkling off of the floors, spreading its golden red rays throughout the house and over the hills, its beauty reflected in an amber gold of the wine. This is what it feels like to be on top of the world while the world is at your feet.

The New Sophistication

Restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian partners with Montage Beverly Hills to create a fresh new dining and meeting spot

Written by Constance Dunn | Photography Courtesy of Dylan + Jeni & Rick Lew | Courtesy of Georgie at Montage Beverly Hills

Pair an East Coast restaurateur with an exclusive Beverly Hills hotel and you get Georgie, a fresh, sophisticated spot that opened this past July at Montage Beverly Hills.

“We did the project in collaboration with our chef-partner Geoffrey Zakarian,” explains Todd Orlich, general manager of Montage Beverly Hills.

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“We had a real similar approach to how we wanted to look at the space.” Some of that inspiration was fueled by the Beverly Hills community; some by the hotel’s adjacent gardens, a peaceful setting of hand-carved fountains, meticulous shrubbery and graceful tulip trees.

Next was channeling their vision to Christine and John Gachot, New York designers at Gachot Studios who count designer Marc Jacobs’ Greenwich Village townhouse and the Smyth TriBeCa hotel among their projects. The group was in sync. “Everything they brought back was so impressive,” says Orlich. “Every time we met with them we got more excited about the space.”

In the end, the rooms were transformed into a super smart eatery with classic bistro and booth seating and dramatic Moorish archways. Hearty green plants fan out against snow-white pillars, martinis are mixed to order at your table, and the service is traditional and impeccable. (Tip: For intimate gatherings, book a booth in the back of Georgie. For an uplifting luncheon spot, try the patio overlooking the gardens.) There’s also The Garden Bar, an elegant adjacent lounge that’s ideal for a light bite (think oysters, Parker House rolls and meticulous cheese boards with garnish) and classic cocktails, fresh juice or high tea.

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At the heart of the collaboration is Zakarian’s style. The man—whose action-packed resume includes a string of restaurants (The Lambs Club and The National in New York among them), a couple of best-selling cookbooks and a slew of TV shows (he’s an Iron Chef and a fixture on the Food Network)—has an unwavering brand that leans heavily on early-20th-century classic Americana, notably Art Deco and a New York glamour of the fern-and-chandelier variety. And it’s on display here, albeit in a bright and sunny Beverly Hills mode that’s perfectly fitting for an elegant, international haunt like Montage.

Complementing Georgie’s atmosphere is Zakarian’s Modern American menu. Hearty classics that have been given a nouveau California overlay, like the Dover Sole with morels and pickled ramps, and the New York strip with shallot confit and watercress. At lunch there’s a warm, oversized lobster roll, short rib ravioli and a wedge salad with snap peas and horseradish.

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“What Geoffrey does so well is extract the most flavor out of whatever he’s working with, and he’s highly seasonal,” notes Orlich, who describes Georgie’s menu as “micro-seasonal,” with dishes and ingredients shifting to adjust for optimum seasonality and taste. Within the first seven weeks of Georgie’s opening, for example, the menu had already changed twice in order to accommodate newly ripe fruits and vegetables.

Though sophisticated and approachable were two words that guided the design process, they can also be applied to sum up the cuisine and entire Georgie experience. “We really wanted to create a space that could be used for a variety of occasions,” notes Orlich.“Power meetings, cocktails, a light meal or even, in the Garden Bar, a perfectly brewed cup of tea. And we wanted people to feel comfortable in all the different settings.”

GEORGIE AT MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS

225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

310.860.7970 | GeorgieRestaurant.com

Former Donald Trump Home Hits the Market

Former Trump Home Hits the Market

Donald Trump and the president of the West African nation of Gabon have both called this gated Beverly Hills mansion at 806 N. Rodeo Drive home. Now the residence is back on the market for $29.995 million, offering a rare chance to own a property on this iconic stretch of road; it’s only the second time in the past 15 years a home has been up for sale in the 800 block, just minutes from The Beverly Hills Hotel. Looking much like a replica of the White House, the 11-bedroom, 13-bath home has since been updated and expanded by the current owner (a world-renown developer) in collaboration with longtime Beverly Hills architect Yassi Gabbay.

Built to be stylish, yet durable and family friendly, the residence features almost 15,000 square feet of living space. Quality finishes and features abound—including azul Bahia granite from Brazil, Thassos marble from Greece and Italian crystal chandeliers (one that can be raised and lowered electronically). Meanwhile, other high-tech features include a custom-paneled elevator, a wood-paneled den/study with its own HVAC system (for cigar smoking), an en suite nursery with an air-purification system, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems.

“When you look at the features of 806, everything is so comfortable, livable and understated, while the technology behind that feeling is impeccable,” says Yvette Pozzato, co-listing agent with Paul Margolis, both of Compass Realty. “It’s very efficient; the owner chose all of the materials and systems for comfortable simplicity and usability—to have great wear, to be durable and easy to maintain, and for a family to live in.”

Yet other outstanding features include a separate wet spice kitchen for Asian cooking; a cedar-lined sauna; and a large lot featuring a zero-entry pool with jetted fountains and an adjoining spa in Bisazza glass tile, and a regulation-sized basketball/tennis court.

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photos courtesy of Marc Angeles, Unlimited Style Photography


Seaside Penthouse Sells

Emmy award-winning journalist, speaker and author Reba Merrill has sold her Marina del Rey penthouse atop the Marina City Club for $1.5 million. Josh Flagg and Barbra Stover of Rodeo Realty represented Merrill in the sale of the two-level corner unit, which features more than 3,000 square feet of contemporary living space—including a sparkling Lucite spiral staircase and floor-to-ceiling glass walls offering impressive city views. The four-bedroom, three-bath residence also boasts a custom chef’s kitchen; a living room that opens to one of two balconies; and access to upscale amenities such as an executive gym, three pools, six tennis courts, a restaurant, car wash, and 24-hour guard-gated security.

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photos courtesy of Chad King of A Bird’s Eye


Flying off the Market in Manhattan Beach

Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll has handed off his vacation cottage in Manhattan Beach to a new owner for $2.05 million, just over the $1.999 million asking price. Listed by Jaime Davern of Manhattan Pacific Realty, the two-story property is situated off a quiet alley at 129 15th Place, just four houses from the Strand and three blocks to the center of downtown.

Built in 1930, the 1,200-square-foot residence has two bedrooms (including a master suite with French doors leading to an enclosed brick patio), two baths, a living room, kitchen and breakfast nook, and office space.

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photos courtesy of PlanOmatic


Comedian’s Casa

Actor, comedian and show host Joel McHale and his wife, Sarah Williams, have placed their Los Feliz home on the market for $2.395 million. Situated at 5619 Park Oak Place—at the top of a flat cul-de-sac—the 1940s Traditional has been fully renovated by L.A. designer Elizabeth Gordon, complete with a bright orange front door sporting a large center dial doorknob.

Inside, almost 3,500 square feet of living space encompasses four bedrooms (including a calming master suite with cool-toned wallpaper, a vintage gold glass chandelier and layered drapery); five baths; a stunning two-story entry with a dramatic staircase; a formal living room bathed in natural light; a formal dining room; and a chef’s kitchen with professional appliances. Outdoors, the blue stone patios and fireplace are ideal for entertaining, while a private gated entrance links to Griffith Park’s hiking trails.

“The outdoor living space is breathtaking, especially at dusk,” says listing agent Carrie Berkman Lewis of Partners Trust. “With the fireplace roaring and the ambient landscape lighting, it’s the most relaxing and inviting aspect of the home. The peace and fauna of the park juxtaposed with the well-designed al-fresco living and dining spaces creates a setting for the perfect evening.”

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Photos courtesy of Suzy Poling for Shooting LA

Market Report

Written by Wendy Bowman

THE REAL MCCOY

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has scored a French chateau-inspired home at 3747 Winford Drive—in Tarzana’s exclusive guard-gated enclave of Mulholland Park, at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains—for $2.8 million. According to listing agent Tony Truisi of Rodeo Realty, the property’s first-rate features include an impressive entrance foyer sporting a regal wrought-iron double staircase and backyard amenities befitting any professional athlete, complete with a lighted basketball court, saltwater Pebble Tec pool with waterslide and spa, built-in barbecue and fire pit.

Constructed in 1998, the residence now showcases more than 6,300 square feet of open, completely updated living space on two levels. Among the highlights are five bedrooms (with the spacious master suite featuring a separate retreat, fireplace, walk-in closet, and relaxing balcony overlooking the pool and yard), along with seven baths, a chef’s kitchen that opens to a family room with walk-in bar, formal living and dining rooms, and den/office.

After missing the 2015 season due to torn ACL and MCL ligaments in his right knee, the veteran player returned to practice in Oxnard in early August. He’s currently engaged to reality TV star and Mint Swim designer Draya Michele, and is seeking a buyer for his Woodland Hills home on the market for $1.795 million.

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photos courtesy of Ariel One


NOTABLE SALE

California real estate law firm Cox, Castle & Nicholson has announced the closing of its client’s acquisition of the Playboy Mansion. The firm represented the buyer, next-door neighbor Daren Metropoulos, a principal at the private-equity firm Metropoulos & Co., in the sale. The $100 million purchase price for the 5-acre property in Holmby Hills is believed to be the highest ever paid for a single-family home in L.A.

Originally designed in 1927 and purchased by Playboy Enterprises in 1971 for $1 million, the property includes a 22,000-square-foot gothic Tudor house, several additional structures (including a game house) and a private zoo. Metropoulos bought his current home next door to the Playboy Mansion from Hugh Hefner in 2009. He plans to eventually connect the two properties to form one private compound.


OLYMPIC TIES

With the recent Summer Games, we thought it would be fun to tell you where one of California’s top athletes lives. According to RISMedia, basketball all-star Diana Taurasi— voted one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time in 2011—enjoys living in a three bedroom, four-bath residence in Manhattan Beach. Built in 2014, the Plantation-style beach house sits on a hill just four doors from the beach and offers gorgeous panoramic views of the ocean.

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HUNTING FOR A BUYER

Entrepreneur Andrew Banks—best known for the TV show Shark Tank Australia, where he’s invested in products from Bottlepops to the Hamdog— has placed his palatial Beverly Hills estate on the market for $17.495 million. Found at 808 N. Alpine Drive, in the community’s prestigious flats neighborhood, the property was fully updated in 2012. “The style, finishes and every detail in the house have been completed to perfection,” says James Harris, who is listing the property with his Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles co-star Davis Parnes, both of The Agency.

“This incredible private compound also offers superb indoor/outdoor living, with every room throughout offering a terrace/balcony or doors that open to the outside.” Coming in at 10,522 square feet, the home features seven bedrooms—including a luxe master retreat boasting a private sitting room with built-ins, fireplace and terrace, along with an adjoining bedroom with an additional fireplace, terrace and dual baths (including one containing a sauna, dressing area and dual walk-in closets).

Among the other highlights are an eye-catching two-story entrance foyer with a double staircase; music room with walk-in bar; gourmet kitchen; office; play/family room; home theater; gym/ yoga studio; temperature-controlled wine cellar; elevator; and remote-controlled smart system for air conditioning, lighting, pool and spa. The grounds are spread out on almost half an acre of land showcasing a large grassy yard, pool and spa, pool bath/shower with sauna, outdoor kitchen with built-in barbecue, covered patios, and a full guest house with kitchen, living room and bedroom/bath. A gated, double-entry motor court and four-car garage round out this home’s special appeal.

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photos courtesy of The Agency

DIGStv | The Sheats Goldstein Residence

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The Sheats Goldstein Residence

In this episode of DIGStv we talk with fashion icon and NBA super-fan, James Goldstein, often known for his eclectic fashion sense and his persistent court-side attendance to Lakers and Clippers games in Los Angeles. James Goldstein’s home is perhaps what he’s most well known for, coined the Sheats Goldstein Residence, which is a property with a star studded history.

Appearing in The Big Lebowski, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, fashion magazines the world over, and numerous music videos including Snoop Dogg and Pharrell William’s 2004 hit “Let’s Get Blown,” Nelly and Jeremiah’s 2015 hit “The Fix” and many others, its most easily recognized by its triangular architecture.

This home has hosted a huge number of Hollywood elites, private parties and the private club included on the property can be rented out at your leisure for $25,000 a night! We talk with James about the story of this incredible home and the decision to donate the home to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Spartina Reinvented

A new haute spot welcomes diners on Melrose Avenue

Written by Michelle Lyn | Photos Courtesy of Spartina

A nod to his New York restaurant of the same name opened in the ‘90s, Spartina is the latest concept by veteran chef Stephen Kalt, who was previously at Caulfield’s in Beverly Hills.

Prior to launching Spartina in December, Kalt collaborated on its design with his wife, Shelley Schulze. Thus, the market-driven Italian restaurant combines vintage elements, like school chairs in the dining room, olive leather banquettes and custom French blue tables, to create a warm space with clean lines. A photographer, Schulze also contributed some of her landscape images to adorn the walls, resulting in the restaurant’s contemporary California vibe. Potted plants, shelves of books and eclectic vases make guests feel at home in the modern space. An outside patio is half the size of the dining room, but has a cozy feel with tables arranged under a string of lights.



Spartina’s signature dishes include Burrata Raviolo with sea urchin, shiso and basil; Brodo with duck wings and gnocchi; and Pizza with Brussels sprout leaves, pig’s ear and pineapple.

Desserts introduce a sense of familiarity with items like a Walnut Tart and a Broken Lemon Tart with seascape strawberries. Not exactly the Spartina from Tribeca, but definitely the Spartina for West Hollywood.

Spartina
7505 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.782.1023 | Spartina.LA

Old Hollywood Glamour

Just Sold!

Mitzi Gaynor’s former Beverly Hills Home — A Reminder of Old Hollywood

Written by Wendy Bowman | Photos Courtesy of Luke Gibson Photography

If the walls of this recently sold 1920s Spanish-style villa in Beverly Hills’ sought-after “flats” neighborhood could talk, they would have quite a story to tell—from extravagant evenings spent dancing and partying the night away with the likes of renowned screen legends like Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra to the private dance rehearsals of an Emmy Award-winning leading lady.

Occupying a spacious parcel at 610 N. Arden Drive, the former longtime home of famed South Pacific star Mitzi Gaynor can be found tucked away behind gates along a secluded street just minutes away from Rodeo Drive. A reminder of the Golden Age of Hollywood, the elegant two-story, five bedroom, six and a half bathroom estate (listed for $10.95 million by Lauri Lappin of Lappin Realty Group) just netted a buyer thanks to an extensive mid-century authentic Spanish Colonial restoration and update by O.C.-based real estate development and redevelopment firm American Coastal Properties LLC and Santa Monica-based designer/builder Pacific Cove Development that ensured all of the historical integrity and charm of original William Staunton design remained intact.



“I was attracted to the home by its connection to Old Hollywood,” says ACP Founder Nick Sinatra. “Our goal was to try to bring the house back to how it used to look. We kept it as period as possible, while still having all the amenities of a modern home. It’s our intention to just accentuate the outside areas, but leave the house a historically significant ode to the architect, period and people who lived in it.”

At about 6,173 square feet, the two-story stucco and tile-roofed home is graced with many of Staunton’s signature touches—including gable roofs and soaring wood-beamed ceilings. Adding to the original charm are numerous updates—including a luxurious new detached guest wing, complete with kitchen and laundry and a resort-style pool house with gym, bar, steam shower and sauna, along with a Crestron home automation system.

There’s still much of Gaynor’s distinct flair to be unearthed in the residence. When her husband, Jack Bean, and designer Bud Holden began searching for the couple’s new home in August 1960 (while she was in Greece filming the comedy Surprise Package with Yul Brynner and Noël Coward), Gaynor knew she didn’t want a house that had been “moderned-up” and filled with sliding glass doors and carpeting. “I wanted something more original,” she says. “The house really took my breath away; it was just beautiful, and seemed huge. The walls were a foot-and-a-half thick, and there were so many wonderful original details—arched entryways, Spanish tile. I was in love.”

More Throwbacks To Old Hollywood

Good Looks And Charm 



The attractive Studio City home once occupied by legendary actor/heartthrob Rock Hudson in the 1950s is up for sale by the John Galich Group of Rodeo Realty Fine Estates Division for $1.095 million. Most recently home to Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore, the 1,008 square foot one bedroom, one bathroom Ralph Bowerman-designed mid-century home (at 3893 Avenida Del Sol), is tucked into a 14,000 square foot tree-filled lot boasting views of Coldwater Canyon, city lights and the grounds, which include a plunge pool, professionally landscaped gardens and several outdoor living areas. Additional features include wrap-around walls of glass and beautiful post and beam style. Perfect for today’s bachelor!

The Riviera House



A 12,000 square foot Spanish Revival-style estate situated on the Pacific Palisades site that actor/president Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, once called home is now on the market for $33 million. Listed by David Offer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties and developed by Jaman Properties, the one-of-a-kind compound (at 1669 San Onofre Drive) is brand new, yet preserved with many historic touches from the Regan’s original dwelling—including the original bar where Reagan is rumored to have gathered his advisers on the night he decided to run for President and the original shower door that Nancy banged on to alert her husband that he had won the presidency. Updated wow-factor features of the seven bedroom, 10 bathroom estate include a professional kitchen designed by Angelini Osteria Chef Gino Angelini; cashmerelined screening room; 2,000-bottle wine room; show garage with bar; saltwater pool with invisible spa; 80-foot veranda with fireplace and heated dining areas; outdoor kitchen with wraparound bar, built-in barbecue and wood-burning pizza oven; elevator; Presidential Rose Garden sporting limited-edition roses named for Presidents and First Ladies; and more. Did we mention the views from Griffith Park to Catalina?

$150 Million

That’s what listing agent Ginger Glass of the Beverly Hills North office of Coldwell Banker is seeking for the most expensive home on the market in LA. What comes with that price tag? For starters, 10 bedrooms and 20 bathrooms, along with 30,000 square feet of living space situated on a 94,696 square foot lot. Located at 301 N. Carolwood Drive—in the Holmby Hills section of Bel Air, on the grounds of Barbra Streisand’s former Mon Reve Estate—the home boasts standout features including a lounge; wine room; theater complex with a separate valet entrance; dramatic indoor water wall spilling into a lap pool; salon with pedicure/manicure, steam and massage rooms; basketball and tennis courts; and parking for 50 cars within the gates, plus a 10-car garage, just to name a few.

DIGStv | The Britney Spears Residence

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The Britney Spears Residence

Property Information: 398stafford.com

A rare opportunity to own one of the most exquisite and impeccable properties in the prestigious Lake Sherwood community. This single story, modern Spanish estate sits on timeless and elegant grounds consisting of two parcels. The home boasts 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, 2 separate offices, 1 movie room, 1 game room, a formal dining room/den, and an inviting great-room. Enjoy the commanding 180 degree views of the Santa Monica mountains and the picturesque Rolling Hills throughout. Built with no expense spared, this custom home provides the best of California living.

The spacious floor plan allows you to enjoy abundant light and an open outdoor flow perfect for entertaining large crowds, while still maintaining a warm and relaxing atmosphere for daily living. Hand-crafted coved ceilings, limestone and solid wide-plank oak floors, wood clad doors and windows are just a few of the elegant and unique appointments in this home. A private, beautifully landscaped, lawn leads up to an oversized pool and spa, outdoor lounge with fireplace and wet bar. Three separate bedroom wings—master, children and guest—allow for independent living. The grandly appointed Master Suite has two generous walk-in closets and two separate, his and her bathrooms with a jacuzzi bathtub and an oversized luxurious spa shower.

The kitchen includes 2 grand central islands, featuring a 60” wolf dual fuel range, 6 gas burners with dual convection ovens, two separate sub-zero integrated refrigerator & freezer, one additional subzero wine fridge, two dishwashers, one of which is located in spacious galley-style butler’s pantry.

This estate offers an alluring retreat feel with both the conveniences of a modern custom home and the prestige of a uniquely designed estate in an elegant community. It should not be missed.

Asian Inspiration

A traditional taste of Kyoto welcomes diners at Tempura Endo

Written by Michelle Lyn | Photography by Kani Hahn

Alantern-lit stone pavement walkway delivers guests to the entrance of Tempura Endo, where the delicate fragrance of Japanese incense wafts through the air in a tranquil setting that seemingly transports one to the ancient city of Kyoto. Here, a quintessential dining experience is savored.

Tempura, food that is battered and fried, is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of eating healthy. Kyoto-style tempura, however, is prepared in a variety of oils that offer notable health benefits. Cottonseed oil (the highest rated tempura oil used at top-notch Japanese restaurants) has linoleic acid, effective for lowering blood cholesterol levels and vitamin E, which removes reactive oxygen, a main cause for aging, and prevents rough skin and dementia.



At Tempura Endo, guests are treated to the finest quality ingredients, flash-fried and seasoned with a careful selection of unique salts, which creates a lightly crisped tempura that is guilt-free. Guests have the option of dining at the eight-seat tempura bar, where a chef prepares dinner in front of them, or at table seats.

The evening ends with a traditional tea ceremony in a room that features a sunken hearth and mimics the elegant atmosphere typical of Kyoto, complete with sweet candies to finish the meal.

Tempura Endo
9777 S Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310.274.02201 | BeverlyHills-Endo.com

Sculpture On The Hill

A Beverly Hills Home Designed by LA Architect Zoltan Pali Offers a Sunlit Respite From The World

Written by Constance Dunn | Photography by Paul Jonason
Presented by Crosby Doe Associates
List Price $8,500,000

Contemporary” is a loose term to throw around architecturally, with the potential to describe anything from a spartan-like box of a home to a bona fide sculpture in space, the latter which nicely describes the Caverhill Residence.

Even prior to taking a peek, a cue to the home’s pedigree is signaled via its representation by Crosby Doe, who in the architecture world is akin to a Larry Gagosian or a Hans Ulrich Obrist—a curator and dealer of the finest canvases around. Doe’s firm transacts works by master architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra, along with contemporaries such as Frank Gehry and, in this case, Zoltan Pali, whose project roster includes the Getty Villa and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” says Doe, recounting the time he was first introduced to the four-bedroom residence, completed in 2008 and nearly 5,000 square feet in all. “I know Zoltan has a good body of work, and is a very conscious architect. But I wasn’t prepared for the resolution of the house, where every side of the house was completely resolved as sculpture. Inside and outside it makes a statement that’s quite unique.”

FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE OCEAN

Whether traveling from Mulholland, just north of the home, or Sunset Boulevard, a 10-minute drive south, it’s a curvy but likable path of upscale residential streets that leads to the Caverhill Residence, which is nestled meticulously atop a tree-flanked ridge, the highest one, on a private drive just above Trousdale Estates.

Driving up to the address one is met by the gently curvilinear home that stretches along the street, striking for its elegant mass and a series of fins that have been moulded along its exterior wall. On a practical level, the fins function to control the amount of light that enters the home and ensures privacy, and Pali utilized an innovative mix of materials to construct. “The fins are actually made out of an MDF-product called Extira,” notes the architect. “[They were] built by cabinet makers and then painted with a quality, car-type paint.”

But it’s the home’s stark-white angles that strike the greatest visual contrast, interrupting the blue skies and green trees that surround it. And its shape, a defining feature of the home, comes from the architect and his team re-working the project’s most challenging aspect—siting—into a home run. Pali describes the lot as a “very steep site with a slope that was angled to the street.” His solution? Span the home wide across the lengthy frontage, then dip deep into the hillside on the back end, giving it what Pali describes as a “wedge shape.” Not a bad idea, since the property is home to dramatic, only-in-LA views, from glowing mountain ridges and the pointed spires of downtown skyscrapers, to swaths of sparkling ocean just beyond the Westside cities—views that Pali’s design capitalizes on and celebrates.



FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The way indoors is found by a short stroll down a slender hallway that, within a few steps, segues one from the outside world to a place carved out of three levels of sunshine, nature and minimalist ease. There are two bedroom suites on the ground floor; two more, including the terraced master suite, on the top floor; and a middle floor dedicated to airy and uncluttered lounging, dining and kitchen spaces.

“When you walk in, the house disappears and you float,” says owner Don Caverhill, who commissioned Pali to build the home after spotting an Architectural Digest feature of an award-winning residence the architect designed on Stone Canyon Road. Caverhill—a creative soul and a businessman whose earliest career was that of a teenage founding member of the Kingsmen, and whose first record was the 1963 smash “Louie, Louie”—provided input to dial in the final details of Pali’s original design, which sold Caverhill at first sight.

Rooms in the Caverhill Residence are atmospheres, and moving through the home is an experience of shifting through changing scenes drawn by light and perspective. “There’s almost an intangible quality of good architecture that’s hard to put in words,” says Doe, summing up the phenomenon. “But when you walk in you can feel it.” And floating is an apt description of the effect in this house. One’s immediate perception of it is not formed by sight but of experience; a feeling of being in a place where the natural surroundings have been neatly folded in, and because of it, the entire space is animated.

Doe points to the fenestration, or the way glass is organized with the house, as one of the attributes that form the overall effect. “We see a rhythm and a balance to the whole statement, and that’s why it looks so natural,” remarks Doe. It’s this, along with the network of terraces and balconies—some semi-enclosed to filter the elements and shape mood—plus the glass-lined, open spaces sculpted in pure white set against contrasting soft-grey floors, concrete and finished to a velvety sheen, that are chief among the features that make up the sensory kaleidoscope.



 

VIM AND VIGOR

Like a virtuoso performance, superb design, when it’s executed, must keep the nitty gritty of its workings under wraps for the sake of its audience. (Pali, when asked how he gathered the understanding of the site and surrounds that was needed to spin such a composition, lightheartedly responds that he “had lots of tequila with Mr. Caverhill on-site.”)

One moment you might be on a fresh-air deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean, another you’re perched on a fireside deck at ground level, peacefully cloistered by greenery and listening to water spill along the edge of the infinity pool. “The way [the home] relates to the outdoors expresses the perfect California lifestyle,” says Doe. Wherever you are, though, the scene is always a private one, due to the home’s design and its top of-the-hill location, plus well-crafted landscaping that is neither wild nor prim.

When asked which part of the home is his favorite, Caverhill tells how his preference shifts with the light, which casts the home in different moods depending on the time of day, from morning to nightfall. “I sort of circulatearound where the light is really neat. It feels good.”

“Home is supposed to be where you come lick your wounds,” adds Caverhill. “You heal, you renew and you go out the next day. That’s what the home’s supposed to do for all of us.” It’s easy to see how living in this place—whereone is enveloped in invigorating nature scenes, and never more than a few steps from lungfuls of fresh, mountain air—is a potent aid in the process. “All I know,” says Caverhill, “is I leave every morning refreshed, and full of vim and vigor, as they say.”

The Good Life: Alexandre Renoir

Artistic Inspiration

The Peninsula Beverly Hills paints the town—with artist Alexandre Renoir.

WRITTEN BY JENN THORNTON

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS

It’s not every day that an opportunity to take a private art lesson from an instructor with bona fide bloodlines to famed French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir presents itself. Then again, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, which dreamed up this very scenario for the Peninsula Academy—its experiential collection of curated excursions—is not exactly in the business of the “everyday.”

Dubbed “An Afternoon with Renoir in Beverly Hills: An Artful Immersion,” this crown jewel of Academy offerings features artist Alexandre Renoir, of the Renoirs, one of the most celebrated clans in all of France. As great-grandson of an art-world master, the contemporary Renoir is a master-in-the-making, having been born into the family business (film auteur Jean Renoir is also a relative), but not trading on its name to make his way. Now, through the Peninsula Academy experience he currently fronts, Renoir reveals his artistic side to the aspirational few.



The immersion begins at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, where the hotel’s  luxury car collects, then chauffeurs, guests to Ace Gallery for a private tour before the group saunters a short block to Revolver for another.  From there, it’s off  to Galerie Michael on Rodeo Drive, where Renoir shows his work in the gallery,  then applies his savoir-faire to a discussion of painting and drawing basics.

“In an art lesson with me, the number-one thing to take away is fun,” says Renoir,  remarking on his instructional style. “It’s more about exploring what piques your interest and how to convey that onto a canvas than it is about how well a guest takes instruction.” The aim, he says, is to “coax out” creativity and artistic  ability already present. Then, it’s back to the Peninsula for Afternoon Tea with  Renoir in The Living Room, which stirs conversation about art and the artist’s famous forebears.

Overall, “What I hope guests take away from an experience like this is that art, for all of its antiquity and noble expression, is still something that comes from within,” Renoir offers. “That it’s something that stems from life and from people… everyone with a creative spark has an expression to make.”

To art lovers innately curious but inevitably intimidated about expanding  their artistic horizons in the presence of an instructor with the last name Renoir,  he recommends taking the “do it for yourself” approach, citing the once criticized  now highly celebrated van Gogh as an example of gumption leading to glory.  “Just to be a little cliché—even a journey of 1000 miles starts with one step,” reminds Renoir. A good lesson, indeed.

$12,000 per person, BeverlyHills.Peninsula.com

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