Written by Abigail Stone | Photography Courtesy of Lucas Cichon and Nick Springett
Presented by Timothy Di Prizito and Joyce Rey, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and Mauricio Umansky, The Agency
List Price: $35,555,000
Unlike other cities, Los Angeles does not reveal its secrets to the casual visitor. The best parts of the city—marquee restaurants, top shops—are hidden from easy view. The same is true of the best homes. This is certainly true of Beverly Hills. The city that tourists know about, the one at which they gawk and visit, is only the tip of the iceberg. The creme de la creme of the city’s properties are a well-kept secret. Long winding roads and gates keep all but invited guests at bay, with one of the best addresses in Beverly Hills only known to a few.
Beverly Park, well-concealed in the hills above Beverly Hills, although an easy drive from the center of town, is not only a world unto itself, it’s a world unlike any other, exclusive as they come. Created to evoke the legendary properties of the past, the 100-acre neighborhood boasts a rarefied group of famous residents, including Sumner Redstone, Mike Medavoy, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
It’s here that you’ll find 72 Beverly Park. Located in the northern part of the gated and secure community, behind tall, mature hedges, the house is well-hidden, with little gleaned from the road. The house truly stuns. Designed by Richard Landry, who has created homes for Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, Wayne Gretzky, Eddie Murphy, Rod Stewart and Michael Jackson, among others, and appears regularly on Architectural Digest’s annual list of top designers and architects, the flawless 20,000-square-foot contemporary is the centerpiece of an astoundingly large, flat and beautifully landscaped 6.78 acre parcel.
Commanding astonishing views across green hillsides and the bustling city below, the sprawling property seems to extend forever, neighbors veiled by distance and lush topography. Mature palms and towering pines surround a perfectly manicured lawn dotted by all the amenities that define a world-class resort. All for the enjoyment of you, your family and your guests. A sunken tennis court, pool and spa, waterfalls, walking trails and a plunge pool create a secluded world, protected from prying eyes and nosy paparazzi. State-of-the-art safety features include a security pavilion, surveillance cameras and a safe room. In addition, the community’s diligent patrol and stringent safety measures ensure protection.
A formal dining room, a living room with a fireplace and French doors
that open onto a multi-tiered waterfall, and spacious family room
that seamlessly connects to the large grassy pool area
form the nexus of daily life.
The unassuming front gate and intimate motor court belie the majesty of the house, a sinuous amalgamation of glass and stone, brightly punctuating the verdant terrain. Really two residences in one, the 6,100-square-foot multi-level guest residence and entertainment pavilion is connected to the 14,600-square-foot main house via a futuristic steel-columned bridge and canopy with circular cut-outs that play hide-and-seek with the sun.
Only once you step inside the main home is the full impact of its grandeur apparent. The clever interplay of light and space creates an ideal flow that supports both daily living and sophisticated entertaining. The soaring entryway, a dramatic welcome, is an ideal vantage point from which to admire the generously proportioned rooms and sprawling property seen through the home’s expansive windows. Any visitor or guest greeted here is immediately awed. High walls of glass frame the exterior and flood every inch of the space with natural light, which sparkles off the interior’s lustrous pale finishes. A formal dining room, a living room with a fireplace and French doors that open onto a multi-tiered waterfall, and spacious family room that seamlessly connects to the large grassy pool area form the nexus of daily life. Gracefully melding into each other, it’s easy to imagine this scene as the setting for a black-tie museum gala for a few hundred guests, effortlessly gliding from indoors to out, one room to another, as waiters sashay among them, proferring canapes prepared in a kitchen suite that’s artfully positioned to one side. Shimmering stainless steel Viking appliances, a sub-zero refrigerator, a huge walk-in pantry and separate butler’s area offer a grand space that would put any chef immediately at home.
Yet, while the home would serve as the ideal backdrop to myriad occasions—a formal luncheon with flower-strewn tables scattered across the lawn, an afternoon charity auction, evening cocktails, pool parties—its harmonious dimensions are scaled so as to also support the intimacy of day-to-day living. A private office with direct access to the master bedroom can easily open to the family room; an outdoor kitchen near the pool area suggests casual weekend barbecues. For families whose jet-setting lifestyle reveals relatives and friends across the globe, guest quarters—wholly self-sufficient with five bedrooms, a full kitchen and its own living room—accommodates extended visits. And, despite plenty of space in the main residence, it also can house a full support staff.
With numerous amenities—elevators, parking for a party’s worth of vehicles, sumptuous bedroom suites, capacious walk-in closets, dressing pavilions for both the tennis court and the pool—the home represents five-star living at its finest, rivaling the most exclusive hotels in the world and pampering those who’ve earned it. This estate compound, a hallmark of opulence, evokes the ultimate in luxury, relaxation and peace of mind. Truly, a club for those living at the pinnacle.
Always wished you could live like the Kennedys—complete with your very own collection of homes where you can while away the days playing tennis or head to the nearby resort for a round of golf? Not to mention the resort-style grounds and breathtaking views of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Now’s your chance with this five-home Coachella Valley compound that has hit the market for the first time ever for $5.5 million.
Situated on a 1.83-acre parcel at 49200 Avenida El Nido in La Quinta—within the gates of the exclusive La Quinta Country Club—the residential complex was built more than 40 years ago as a desert getaway by Lloyd’s of London exec Bud Buettner and features a quintet of fully furnished residences boasting more than 11,000 square feet of living space (including 14 bedrooms and 13 baths). Affectionately known as the “Tennis Oasis,” the property is highlighted by a lighted, regulation-sized court where the owner would vie against the likes of tennis pro Jack Kramer, NFL Coach Chuck Knox and USC’s Pat Haden.
Other high points include a welcoming pool and spa; an outdoor kitchen with a built-in barbecue; a large playing lawn ideal for a game of croquet; and a wealth of citrus and palm trees. Also notable is the design of the homes, which was largely completed by noted Palm Springs interior designer and artist Donald Lloyd Smith (who worked on Liberace’s nest and many high-end resorts). Smith’s artwork even can be seen gracing the walls of each abode. The entire property is listed by Jeff, Vicky and Kevin Botsford with Partners Trust, and Kathy and Charlie Coulter of Coulter & Assoc.
photos courtesy of Robert Caldwell and Jason Speth
Aaron Kirman of John Aaroe Group has sold the former Beverly Hills estate of late comedian and philanthropist Danny Thomas for $65 million. Situated at 1187 N. Hillcrest Road—on a 2.5-acre promontory in the sought-after Beverly Hills community of Trousdale Estates—the palatial seven-bedroom, 10-bath property features 18,000 square feet of living space.
Highlights of the Moorish-inspired residence include sweeping 360-degree views of the entire L.A. basin and the ultimate in designer details (including $2.5 million in Baccarat chandeliers, gold-leaf crown molded ceilings and hand-woven carpets), along with a ballroom, media room, and opulent dining and living rooms.
As for the private grounds, they are showcased by a pool, along with dining and viewing pavilions ideal for entertaining and enjoying the city scenery. Rounding out the property’s special appeal is a motor court with parking for 20 automobiles.
photos courtesy of Simon Berlyn Photography
A gated Colonial mansion belonging to film producer Anton Lessine—son of Mikhail Lesin, Russia’s former minister of media and mass communications—has been listed by Aaron Kirman and Neyshia Go of John Aaroe Group for $29 million. Found at 10 Beverly Park—along a ridge line on more than 4 acres in the exclusive guard-gated community—the residence boasts 13,500-plus square feet of living space exhibiting opulent design details including parquet flooring, and imported marble and hand-carved woodwork.
Among the show-stopping amenities: seven bedrooms (including a master suite with his-and-her closets and bathrooms, plus a separate sitting room with stunning canyon and city views); a gourmet chef’s kitchen with a large walk-in pantry; a 16-seat movie theater; a gym with sauna and steam room; a billiards room; and luxe grounds complete with a pool and gazebo, as well as a collection of intimate gardens.
photos courtesy of Matthew Momberger
Travis Barker of Blink-182 fame has placed his contemporary Cheviot Hills residence on the market for $4.75 million. Found at 2706 Club Drive—just south of Century City—the custom-built, two-level home features more than 4,000 square feet of living space highlighted by cutting-edge design.
Included are four bedrooms (most notably, the stylish master suite with three walk-in closets and a bath sporting ceramic and walnut finishes and a built-in vanity), along with a living room that features 13-foot ceilings and 10-foot-tall windows; an open-plan kitchen with a lengthy island that extends to an outdoor terrace via retractable walls of glass; a media lounge; an al fresco dining area with built-in barbecue; and a heated saltwater pool. Steve Frankel of Coldwell Banker is the listing agent.
photos courtesy of Jeff Ong for exteriors, Berlyn for interiors
Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond has purchased a Malibu retreat at 33330 Pacific Coast Highway for $7.25 million. Situated in the Encinal Bluffs community—in a private cove overlooking the beach—soaring ceilings and walls of glass easily capture the stunning coastline views.
“The scale and volume of the home is very impressive, which allows for lots of natural light and amazing ocean views from almost every room,” says Sandro Dazzan, who co-listed the home with Irene Dazzan-Palmer, both of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
“The most special part of the property is the access to one of the most secluded and private coves in all of Malibu.”
Featuring more than 4,000 square feet of open living space, the five-bedroom, seven-bath property offers a massive great room, a gourmet chef’s kitchen and a master suite with dramatic ocean views, along with an office, gym and sauna. Outdoors, one will find an infinity pool and spa, barbecue area and direct beach access.
photos courtesy of Simon Berlyn Photography