Hollywood Hills

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Architectural Transformation in Hollywood Hills

Bravo TV star Jeff Lewis of Flipping Out fame spent the past three years meticulously transforming this 1920’s Spanish home in the Hollywood Hills into an elegant, modern masterpiece. Think HD-resolution security cameras, a Sonos audio system, directional art-grade lighting, floor-to-ceiling glass panels and more. Featured as the designer’s personal residence on the show for several seasons, the property is now on the market for $7.95 million.

“Jeff set the reclaimed oak floors in a custom herringbone pattern, which brings a warmth and earthiness to this sophisticated, modern home,” says Carrie Berkman Lewis of Pacific Union International, who is co-listing the house with Boni Bryant of Compass. “The kitchen is one of my favorite rooms; dual islands of honed Nero Marquina marble flanked by iron sliding doors that disappear into the walls, showcasing exceptional city and canyon views.”

Situated atop the Sunset Strip at 8590 Hollywood Blvd., the three-bedroom, three-level abode is highlighted by steel-reinforced construction on an almost entirely new pile foundation, with a courtyard entry and limestone facade. Inside, 4,000-plus square feet of sleek, industrial-like living space is showcased by a professional chef’s kitchen featuring the aforementioned dual islands and black marble countertops, along with new custom cabinetry, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and an adjacent 400-square-foot patio with a fire pit and expansive city views.

The elegant master suite, meanwhile, boasts a 180-square-foot patio, custom walk-in closet with island and spa-like bath. Two additional bedroom suites and a great room with an entertainer’s bar all open to a backyard sporting a raised infinity-edge pool with glass tile and black pebble finish.

“This residence marks the culmination of Jeff’s years of design,” says Bryant. “Only the finest materials and finishes were used to create what is truly a one-of-a-kind custom home.”



Roman Coppola Rents Out His Hollywood Villa

Oscar- and Emmy-nominated writer, director and producer Roman Coppola (son of the famed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola) is seeking a tenant to rent out his Whitley Heights Hollywood villa. The cost? $9,995 per month. According to Variety, the 1920’s Mediterranean-style residence offers three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in a little more than 2,900 square feet of “unconventionally furnished” living space.

Case in point: a laundry room that has been converted into a speakeasy, complete with a vintage arcade table; a wood-paneled den with an upright piano and pinball machine; and a kitchen sporting a 1940’s Streamline Moderne diner look with curvilinear, metal trimmed butter yellow cabinetry and glowing strips of neon along the ceiling. The master suite is reminiscent of a luxurious 1930’s ocean liner with a fireplace set into a curved wall, a cedar lined walk-in closet, a vintage tiled bathroom, and a small adjoining room suitable as a nursery or reading lounge. Deasy Penner is the listing firm.


1920’s Mediterranean mansion

William Hearst’s Alleged 1920’s Mediterranean Mansion Hits Market for $11.250M

Think a timeless 1920’s Mediterranean mansion with a charming bungalow guesthouse, sculpture and painting studios, caretaker’s cottage, glass greenhouse and even a stone amphitheater, completely surrounded by specimen trees, walking paths, waterfalls and fountains. “It’s magical!” he adds.

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There is absolutely nothing like this truly rare, exceptional and massive property, rich with the lore and luster of Old Hollywood, classic celebrities, L.A. history, arts, and artists—all set amid New Hollywood’s best and biggest attractions,” says Bob Friday of Bulldog Estates, the exclusive listing agent for this one-of-a-kind compound.

1920’s Mediterranean-Revival mansion

“The residences themselves are classic 1920s and ’30s structures that have been lovingly restored,” says Friday. “While the spaces may not be quite as grand and majestic as today’s imposing modern concrete-and-glass trophy homes, they are warm, comforting and calming, with a strong connection to all of the surrounding natural wonder and beauty. Living here evokes an era when life was beautiful, fashionable, refined—and a little privileged!”

2025-2027 N. Highland in Hollywood

The compound is situated at 2025-2027 N. Highland in Hollywood—on a nearly 3-acre parcel of land just minutes from The Hollywood Bowl, Ford Amphitheater, Hollywood, and Highland Center, and Dolby Theatre. Legend has it that publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst built the main residence in 1920, with Julia Morgan serving as architect, for actress Marion Davies. Sometime thereafter, this became the home of fabled L.A. artists Henry and Mona Lovins and their Hollywood Arts Center School, where the pair taught art history and artistic techniques for almost 50 years.

The current owner acquired the estate in the early 2000s and embarked upon a restoration project to return it to its earlier glory with its beautifully finished smooth stucco, expansive French doors and windows, stone fountains, flagstone walkways, Roman columns, lush gardens, and a concrete and stucco fountain that empties into a water lily pond at the parking drive area some 70 feet below the mansion’s entrance. One unexpected finish? “Spectacular blue/green Asian-style ceramic roof tiles that take the Mediterranean mansion look a couple of steps beyond,” Friday adds.

The three-bedroom main house offers more than 3,300 square feet of living space on two levels, replete with a dramatic entry from a secluded tree-lined walkway, arches and soaring columns, and a wrought-iron entry gate. Inside, the courtyard-like rotunda foyer boasts a centerpiece Batchelder-tiled fountain resting in a small reflecting pool (also fashioned from Batchelder tile); walls finished in traditional Italian art glaze; a massive glass-paned cupola sporting an artistic multicolored glass skylight. Among the home’s highlights: a light-filled formal living room with three walls of towering French doors and a Batchelder-tiled fireplace; a spacious den/family room that leads to a private patio via double French doors; a formal dining room; and a large, updated kitchen and prep area.

The home’s rear doors open to verdant gardens and a walled courtyard featuring an Italian wall fountain, overhead arbor with festival lighting and an alfresco dining/conversation area. A distressed vintage courtyard gate and rustic path traverse to a 2,200-square-foot, flat-roof bungalow offering a bright, multi-windowed living room, spacious eat-in kitchen, dining room with French doors to the patio, an open and airy bedroom, and a lower-level sculpture studio. A trio of additional structures on the property includes a small two-room caretaker’s cottage; a glass greenhouse high up on the hillside behind the mansion; and a curved stone-seat amphitheater with room for more than 60 people that is ideal for large-scale entertaining. An added bonus? A pretty cool view of the surrounding Hollywood Hills.

“This is a rare, truly unique environment, indeed,” says Friday.

To have your very own nature preserve-style, nearly-3-acre private area in which to hike up and watch the sunset’s last rays hit the Hollywood sign on the hills to the east, or gather with friends in the stone amphitheater half-way up the back slope, or wander down the specimen tree-lined path past the little new vineyard and waterfall, or just relax in the sun-drenched trellised courtyard—it’s all part of this unique space. There is absolutely no place like this one!

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List Price: $11.250M

2409 Venus Drive — The Mount Olympus Residence

2409 Venus Drive — The Mount Olympus Residence Goes Up for Sale

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The Mount Olympus residence of seamstress Ella Korchevsky—known for dressing some of Hollywood’s top stars for award shows and red-carpet events alike—has entered the market for $6.499 million.

Hollywood Hills |  Built in 2007   |  7,030 sq. ft.  |  $6.499 million


“The owners paid exquisite attention to detail when building their dream home,” says listing agent Robert Erickson of Rodeo Realty. “They wanted the feel of an Italian villa, with breathtaking views of the city and beyond.”

Found atop the Hollywood Hills at 2409 Venus Drive, the 7,030-square-foot home was constructed in 2007 and offers a roster of stunning features. Among them: a grand two-story foyer; a regal living room boasting a fireplace and French doors leading to a patio and pool; a formal dining room with plentiful space for hosting dinner parties; and game and media rooms.

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Eva Longoria’s Hollywood Hills home

Eva Longoria Puts Her Longtime Hollywood Hills Mansion Up For Sale

Eva Longoria Puts Her longtime Hollywood Hills Mansion Up For Sale

Actress Eva Longoria’s Hollywood Hills home is on the market for $3.79 million. With a recent hubby, a baby on the way, and a career in full bloom, Eva’s longtime mansion in the historic Hollywood Dell neighborhood is up for grabs.

Eva’s definitely not desperate, she’ll be joining Hollywood’s elite with her recent $13.5 million Beverly Crest mansion purchase, check it out!  Seems like the market is doing well, especially since Ben Affleck, Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Justin Beiber are looking to call the Westside of LA their home.

The hillside home is listed as a “Contemporary Mediterranean” that boasts six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and 8,603 square feet of living space spread over three floors.

She’s owned the home since 2006, and the property is listed by Coldwell Banker and includes some amazing amenities:

– Spacious chef’s kitchen
– Casual dining room
– Formal dining room with chandelier
– Master bedroom with his and hers walk-in closets
– Outdoor kitchen/dining area

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All The Rage

The Jeremy West Hollywood brings trendsetting accommodations to a legendary locale

Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of The Jeremy Hotel West Hollywood

Much like its surrounding neighborhood, the newly opened Jeremy West Hollywood hotel at the corner of Sunset and La Cienega boulevards is the epitome of cool. Think local pop-ups tied to the area (a funky Gibson Guitar display in the lobby in collaboration with local charity VH1 Save the Music, boasting custom-designed instruments created by visual artists and musicians from Miley Cyrus to Patti Smith, for starters). There’s also a snazzy seven-story, LED-lit Dream Catcher installation created by artist Janet Echelman and Hollywood lighting designer Walter Barry. Not to mention some pretty stellar views of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles Basin.

“The hotel has a young, vibrant personality that is very much inspired and influenced by surrounding West Hollywood,” says Tim Flodin, general manager of the Starwood Capital Group property. “We provide guests with personalized access to the city’s best cultural moments, savory in-room dining experiences and exclusive events with notable local partners so they can always be on the pulse of what’s happening here.”

Situated at 8490 Sunset Blvd., the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed hotel features a duo of modern, metal-clad towers replete with mid-century modern environs boasting sophisticated touches, such as hand-finished walls, custom lighting, rich walnut paneling and floor-to-ceiling windows. Accommodations include 286 rooms (most notably, 50 suites including two terraced penthouses), priced from $350 per night and featuring special touches such as custom accent pillows in deep blue and mossy green from NOON by Jane Palmer and custom upholstered headboards with panels of hand-died hemps and linens, all set in natural palette of beige, tan and taupe.

Then there are the trendy food and drink offerings. In addition to the hotel’s fun room service menu—offering items in lunch boxes—its Etcho Café features salads, small plates, charcuterie, and entrées such as grilled swordfish, rib-eye and bucatini prepared by Executive Chef Chang Sivilay.

Among the most popular dishes is the habanero vegetable egg white wrap, duck bao bun and seared ahi tuna salad. Meanwhile, the JOÃO bar serves up in-demand libations from The Jeremy (Cachaça, lime simple syrup and strawberry shrub) to The Deal Breaker (dill, serrano pepper, pineapple, cucumber, vodka and club soda).

And, if that’s not enough, The Jeremy also offers plentiful courtesies and amenities. Among them: text-based guest services; a pool flanked by custom wood cabanas; a fitness center complete with Peloton bikes; and 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space.





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Arriving in Style

Experience the epitome of the California lifestyle at this contemporary Hollywood Hills gem listed for $4.7 million

Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of Luke Gibson Photography

A flashy newcomer is making its grand entrance in Hollywood Hills’ historic 1920’s Outpost Estates neighborhood in the form of an impeccably built modern masterpiece crafted by ARANO Design Group. Think a stunning contemporary home showcased by outstanding touches including tranquil hillside views, sumptuous finishes and the latest in smart-home technology.

“A passion project by ARANO, this home has been meticulously designed and constructed with the highest degree of craftsmanship,” says Tom Scrocco, who is co-listing the property with Randy Isaacs, Viviana Ventrone and Sean Christian, all of Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills South, for $4.7 million.

Located at 2401 Outpost Drive—near the Hollywood Bowl and Runyon Canyon Park—the five-bedroom residence was built in 1936 and completely redone from the inside out in 2017. Expect 4,700-plus square feet of luxurious open living space on two stories (plus a lower-level entertainment area), complete with a soaring grand entry foyer, rich wood flooring, Fleetwood pocket doors and windows, and vertically integrated living walls sporting artfully arranged succulents throughout.

Among the stand-out features: a professional gourmet kitchen with Miele and Sub-Zero appliances; an opulent master suite with a fireplace, private balcony, dual closets, and master bath with soaking tub, steam shower and heated floors; a screening lounge boasting a black-mirrored dry bar; a 650-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar; and a Control4 smart-home automation system. The two-car garage, meanwhile, is outfitted with an electric car charging station.

“Beyond the extensive list of luxury amenities, the thing that strikes us most about the home are the unique designer finishes and exceptional build quality,” says Scrocco. “Though contemporary in appearance, the home possesses a grandeur that wonderfully complements this historic and stately neighborhood. The home was recently featured in the August 2017 edition of Rhapsody magazine in the cover article with actor John Cho.”





Magic Touch

East meets West at this bespoke oasis now on the market for $5.9 million

Written by Wendy Bowman

The real estate agents for this glamorous Stern + Kind-designed residence have affectionately dubbed it the “House of Perspectives.” Certainly peering through every single window or wall, or gazing at any reflection on glass, leads to discoveries that feel like magic—even in the shower.

“It’s one of the few properties we’ve seen where attention has been paid to space, time and form at every level,” says Blair Chang of The Agency, who is co-listing the Italian modernist/Japanese architectural home with Victoria Gureyeva of Aces Up Inc. for $5.9 million.

“Stern + Kind are an innovative studio that specializes in multidisciplinary and multisensory experiential design, having worked in architecture, fashion, product, music, and live experiential and emergent technologies—with an emphasis on engaging all five senses in every design challenge. This property is a perfect example of S+K’s understanding of sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.”

Situated at 7431 Franklin Ave.—in the heart of Hollywood Hills, convenient to Runyon Canyon, restaurants, shopping and entertainment—the two-level residence is a case study for indoor-outdoor living. Think patios boasting wall cut-outs that poetically frame sections of the sky; sun bouncing off the 21-foot-tall perforated brass façade at the main entrance; and a tranquil saltwater pool flanked by a 36-foot-long abstract green wall. A rich, varied textured palette throughout sports subdued colors and artisan-crafted details as a symbolic nod to the five elements (even referenced in the names of plants such as firesticks).

“The materials (leather, custom-mixed Japanese shou-sugi-ban charred wood, concrete, warm white oak, rare and leather-finished marble) and hardware (raw brass, copper and chrome) all tie in to its luxe, brutalist-meets-Zen design,” says Gureyeva.

“It’s the perfect combination of form and function, masculine and feminine, elaborate and subtle.”

Among the wow-factor features: four bedrooms (most notably, a spacious master suite with a walk-in closet and dual outdoor patios with commanding city views), as well as a gourmet chef’s kitchen, an indoor-outdoor living space completed by Fleetwood glass doors and full smart-home technology. Outdoors, the 9,700-square-foot lot also includes five various but connected seating areas completed by meadows of fescue grass and gorgeous drought-tolerant gardens.

“The most unique aspect of the home is its brass façade, which in person feels like an art installation,” says Gureyeva. “The most different aspect is that this is far from a contemporary box—the love and care of every master artisan who worked on it resonates throughout. There is, quite literally, nothing like it on the market in Los Angeles…it tells its own story and invites you to write yours.”




Lights, Camera, Action!

Many Angelenos don’t even have to leave the comfort of their own abodes to enjoy a full cinematic experience

Written by Wendy Bowman

In L.A.—where the movie-production business is king—it makes sense that upscale homeowners are clamoring for their own top-of-the-line media rooms and theaters, complete with the latest high-tech equipment and furnishings, and original film props and memorabilia. “Our L.A. customers love to express their individuality and creative nature, as well as customizing their home theaters to fit perfectly into their lifestyle,” says Oscar Galvez, CEO of 4seating.com, which provides home theater seating and custom theater décor. “In the past decade, we’ve consistently seen more and more extravagant home theaters.

“It’s easier than ever for consumers to gain access to high-end equipment and furniture that surpasses traditional movie theaters,” he adds. “Combine that with today’s ease of access to streaming movies and high-end video, and consumers no longer need to leave their home to enjoy blockbuster movies.”

According to Galvez, innovation in the home theater market is at an all-time peak, with sophisticated consumers no longer satisfied with a chair that simply reclines. Instead, they want total comfort from head to toe. On their lists of must-haves, he says, are seats sporting power headrests and power lumbar support from manufacturers such as ComfortView by Seatcraft; 235:1 screens that eliminate black bars above and below the display; SoundShaker amplification systems that vibrate each seat for heart-stopping realism; and Dolby Atmos for a true surround-sound experience.

“Some customers even find truly unique treasures, such as unique-one-of-a-kind movie props and memorabilia for their rooms,” says Galvez. “We’ve had a customer build a room that looks like it was inside of a pirate ship, in a room that might have come out of Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Yet more outstanding home theaters can be found in L.A. at the Hollywood Hills estate of Matthew Perry (now on the market for $13.5 million) and at a Malibu manse (recently sold for $10.65 million), both listed by Greg Holcomb, a partner and estates director at Partners Trust. Below Perry’s home is a premiere-worthy screening room sporting windows that peer directly into the pool. Meanwhile, the modern architectural residence in the prestigious, gated neighborhood of Serra Retreat offers a top-quality cinematic experience via a digital sound system; remote-control theater curtains that open to panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean; and custom seating including a cushioned bed in the back and matching sofa and seats in the front. A kitchenette immediately outside the theater door functions like a concession stand with popcorn and select candies and beverages.

“Home theaters and deluxe media rooms are a hot amenity for home buyers across the board, but especially in high-end homes where state-of-the-art systems blend with high style to give VIP homeowners an entertainment experience with bragging rights,” says Holcomb. “Investing in an impressive home theater with advanced wireless and high-definition technology, as well as the streaming entertainment channels that greatly expand the on-demand choices, also is a great feature for future [resale].”

Finally, there’s a 12,000-square-foot gem at 1677 N. Doheny Drive currently listed by Paul Lester of The Agency for $44 million, complete with an expansive lower level that holds a plush theater with an adjacent lobby. Not to mention a temperature and light-controlled, walk-in wine cellar; 24-foot bar; entertainment lounge; and traditional Turkish Hamam with a wet and dry sauna and misting shower with aromatherapy and chromatherapy. Only in Hollywood.

A Creative Call

From Frank Gehry to (fer) studio, L.A. architect Christopher Mercier is an urban renaissance man

Written by Jenn Thornton

Architect Christopher Mercier, AIA, wasn’t always the man with a master plan. As a teenager in his native Detroit, he wrestled with the future. A painter, Mercier leaned toward a career in the arts, but was pragmatic enough to consider the bigger picture while still in high school. “I thought, if I become an artist, there’s only so many things I can do, but if I become an architect, I can still do art.” At the intersection of profession and passion was Mercier’s métier.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Mercier went on to a progressive architecture program in Italy (under a then lesser-known architect Daniel Libeskind), a master’s degree at SCI-Arc and, in the most glaring endorsement of his talent, a spot at Gehry Partners, his place of employment for 10 years, until he departed the dream post in 2002 to establish his own architectural practice, with a modicum of trepidation at the time.

“I mean, it’s hard to leave that,” Mercier admits. “You’re working on these incredible projects, all over the world, and with great teams of people. It’s just a really hard thing to move away from.” When he did, Mercier met the full gravity of his decision. “I went from working on the biodiversity museum in Panama [Biomuseo] to literally designing bathrooms and closets,” he says, laughing. “It was humbling and crushing.” In those early but ultimately edifying days, even name-dropping

“Frank Gehry” into conversation didn’t prove particularly pivotal. “Most of my clients at the time didn’t know who he was,” says Mercier.

“I thought, what did I do? I’ve got to go back. But you learn quickly how to hustle, how to get work, how to make connections.” Today, Mercier’s gamble is L.A.’s gain. Informed by the principles Form, Environment, Research, his (fer) studio, located in an artist compound in Inglewood, is both full-service and fertile.

In conceptualizing modern spaces for creative clients, the studio’s architectural solutions are environmentally sensitive, heavily (but not solely) adaptive reuse, and across multiple sectors.

Its designed residences in communities such as Venice Beach, Santa Monica and the Hollywood Hills; commercial projects including Smashbox Studios in Culver City, a lobby and reception area for Hana Financial in DTLA, and restaurants Father’s Office, Connie and Ted’s and Downtown newcomer, Officine Brera, a modern Italian restaurant set in a 1920’s industrial warehouse.

Also completed is The Hayden, a 30,000-square-foot creative office adaptive reuse project in the Hayden Tract of Culver City.

Currently in development is a new public plaza behind The Broad, a temporary space that will connect to Otium Restaurant; the new pedestrian bridge at 2nd/Hope Station that will link the stopover to The Broad by way of its plaza; and the large-scale Cedros Market, a 100,000-square-foot retail, restaurant and office solution space in Solana Beach meant to accommodate expected growth in transit ridership while maintaining the community’s character.

Given Mercier’s background as an artist, his engagement with creative spaces is a logical focus, as is being a vital part of the urban renewal in Inglewood. Among his involvements here are painting art murals with at-risk youth, one can be found at Roger’s Park. “We’ve made a lot of efforts to work with the city,” Mercier says. “You want to engage with the community as much as you can, and give back.”

With a full docket of projects, Mercier is giving plenty these days, including painting regularly in his art studio and playing hockey with former colleagues at Gehry Partners.

“It’s how you progress as an architect,” he says. “You’re always thinking about the next big thing.”


Street Style

Sunset Strip evolves into a bustling hub of high-rise home construction

Written by Alexandria Abramian | Photography Courtesy of 8500 Sunset

Sunset Strip may be one of the most iconic street sections in Los Angeles. The mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood is known for many things, including jaw-dropping billboards, famous and infamous nightclubs, as well as celebrity-flocked hotel hideouts like Chateau Marmont. These days, however, an explosion of residential construction right on Sunset Boulevard is transforming the Strip into a hub of high-end real estate activity. Sunset Strip may be one of the most iconic street sections in Los Angeles. The mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood is known for many things, including jaw-dropping billboards, famous and infamous nightclubs, as well as celebrity-flocked hotel hideouts like Chateau Marmont.

These days, however, an explosion of residential construction right on Sunset Boulevard is transforming the Strip into a hub of high-end real estate activity. Call it a case of location. Perched at the base of the Hollywood Hills, the Strip not only offers a central site, but also newly built luxury condos that feature an amenity usually reserved for those with Bel-Air and Bird Street compounds: A-list city, mountain and ocean views.

“These developments will all offer incredible views from the hills to the sea, and will also provide residents with high-end, full service and top amenity-style living,” says real estate agent Justin Alexander, director of sales for Halton Pardee + Partners. “The idea of your home having a similar vibe and experience as a [five]-star hotel coupled with easy access to the Hollywood nightlife, and a central location to Beverly Hills and the Valley make this new building wave an ideal market for thousands of full-time  and part-time residents.”

Key among the new developments is 8500 Sunset, a just opened, resort-style project at the corner of La Cienega and Sunset boulevards, developed by CIM Group. With 190 one- and two-bedroom condos in eight-story towers, the project offers residences with commanding views via oversized windows. It also includes easy access to onsite amenities, such as the ground floor Fred Segal, which will be the retailer’s largest location in Los Angeles at 22,000 square feet. A gym, florist, restaurant, wine shop and café will also soon open in the building.

Other Sunset Strip projects are also soon to debut, including the West Hollywood Edition, designed by Ian Schrager (an early adopter of Sunset Strip with his Mondrian Hotel). Slated to open in 2018, the 150- room hotel will be topped by 20 condos, each about 3,000 square feet with expansive terraces and outdoor kitchens. Starchitect Frank Gehry is poised to put his mark on the street as well, with 8150 Sunset Blvd. Located directly across from Chateau Marmont, the five-building complex will house two residential towers along with a shopping center.

“Compared to views in Downtown or in Santa Monica, high rises off the Strip cover a 360-degree perspective, from the snow-capped mountains down to Orange County and direct west to the sea,” says Alexander. “You really can’t beat the full package, and the Strip has only had a few notable offerings on Sunset & Doheny and, with the entertainment and luxury markets booming more than ever, now is the perfect time to grow this specific market.”


Exquisite on-the-market real estate both near and far

Written by Wendy Bowman | Photos Courtesy of SPF Studios

The year was 1913, the setting Los Angeles. Cecil B. DeMille shot the first feature film in Hollywood, silent western The Squaw Man; the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County debuted; the L.A. Aqueduct was completed; and Georgia “Tiny” Broadwick became the first woman to parachute from an airplane, landing in Griffith Park. Most notably, Artemesia was born.

A 13,290-square-foot castle-like dwelling nestled in a historic Hollywood Hills enclave on the site of a former hunting lodge, Artemesia is one of the largest Craftsman residences in the U.S., and has been lovingly restored during the past 25 years by former advertising and marketing executive Lenny Fenton—complete with surprising touches, such as the second-largest residential pipe organ in the country, six massive Batchelder tile fireplaces, and an upstairs sleeping porch with five Murphy beds—and now is available to purchase.

“You will never find another property like Artemesia,” says Sally Forster Jones of John Aaroe Group, who is listing the property (along with an adjacent buildable parcel) for $11.75 million. “It is one of the most unique, impressive and special properties that I have ever represented. Not only has the property been meticulously restored and maintained, it has an incredible, rich history. The home and the grounds are in themselves stunning works of art, and the location and privacy is unbeatable. There is simply nothing else like it.”

Situated on a gated, private street in Los Feliz—atop a 300-foot-high canyon hilltop offering unobstructed city and ocean views—the gated, three-story estate was built for construction magnate Frederick E. Engstrum by Commonwealth Home Builders and designed by architect Frank A. Brown. Among the highlights: Nine bedrooms (most notably, a sizeable master suite boasting a walk-down, sunken Roman shower and a 1,200-square-foot sitting room with a Louis Comfort Tiffany glass ceiling); a dining room that seats 40; an 1,800-square-foot ballroom that opens to a 100-foot long terrace with panoramic city vistas; a silk damask-lined living room with the aforementioned pipe organ (built by Murray Harris with an estimated worth of $1.1 million); and seven baths with original tile.

In addition, a gourmet kitchen features professional-grade appliances, Calacatta marble countertops and a large mahogany center island; while numerous technological updates include fiber-optic surveillance and data cables, a solar-powered estate gate, radiant kitchen flooring, and new heating and cooling systems.

Outdoors, one finds almost two acres of landscaped and gated parkland with hiking paths; a new pool and spa; a terrace with fire pit; and a waterfall that cascades into a reflecting pool, down a canyon stream bed and into a huge pond. Rounding out this property’s special appeal is a detached carriage house sporting a one-bedroom studio, garage and rooftop entertaining deck.

“The ideal buyer is someone who has a true appreciation for the architecture, craftsmanship and history behind this home,” says Forster Jones. “It is perfect for someone who is seeking privacy and security in a location that still puts you just minutes from all the action.” For the right purchaser, Artemesia will be more than just an impressive estate…it will be a property that is destined for adoration for years to come.

Presented by Sally Forster Jones of John Aaroe Group

List Price $11.75 Million

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