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?
Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of SCG America
Once a street struggling to survive, Broadway is back and better than ever. Now adding to the historic thoroughfare’s resurgence is the first new large-scale development in more than a century. Named PerLA—Spanish for pearl—the $300 million, 35-story CallisonRTKL-designed condo, residential and business tower promises to be an extravagant and stylish discovery in the heart of the city, much like the precious gem found in an oyster.
“Under Bringing Back Broadway—a recently completed 10-year initiative spearheaded by City Councilman José Huizar—the area has experienced a surge in new development,” says Hamid Behdad of developer SCG America. “This project will be a catalyst for further redevelopment in the neighborhood, as well as an integral part of [the] plan to revive this historic corridor. The project will also finally fill a void in the market by catering to first-time millennial homebuyers.”
Situated at 400 S. Broadway St., on the corner of 4th Street—on a .85-acre parcel that previously held 1980’s-era retail storefronts—PerLA on Broadway will offer 7,000 square feet of ground level retail and commercial space, as well as 450 residential condo units ranging from 400 to 1,300 square feet, priced from the mid-$400,000s. Groundbreaking was held in late September, with the project slated for completion in 2020. Presales are set to begin in spring 2018.
Expect contemporary Hirsch Bedner Associates-designed environs that recall the area’s historic roots, replete with textured metal screens inspired by the ornate wrought-iron grilles and vintage railings of adjacent historic buildings complemented by modern materials, technologies and finishes. Yet other highlights include a lavish lobby boasting intricate art-deco details (such as a floating registration desk finished with a deep-rich lacquered green), along with a four-story, sky-lit atrium holding a fitness center, yoga/Pilates rooms, media room and WeWork office spaces.
“HBA’s finish selections incorporate creative ways to utilize classical materials in a contemporary application,” says HBA associate Richard Tennill. “Luxurious veined marbles laid in a playful manner share the space of the lobby with textural painted corrugated metal panels expanding the full height of the space. Rich wood floors fold up the walls to create a wainscot element, which in instances, creates a ledge or hides warm LED up-lighting. Patterned tiles create graphic repetition in an art-deco manner, yet with a contemporary look.”
Other standouts at PerLA on Broadway: 48,000 square feet of outdoor space spanning the roofs of the lower podium and tower. There one will find a pool deck offering sweeping views of the city; decks and kitchens; cabana lounges and seating areas; and fire pits and grilling areas. There’s even a dog walk, complete with an owner’s lounge and grooming station.
PERLA ON BROADWAY
400 S. BROADWAY ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90013
Written by Jenn Thornton | Photography Courtesy of WestEdge Design Fair
Now in its fifth year, the WestEdge Design Fair in Santa Monica is, much like the design scene in Los Angeles itself, expansive and exciting—a bastion of what’s new and what’s next. For the Oct. 19-22 design extravaganza, this means more than 150 exhibitors, visited by throngs of design enthusiasts, during a weekend of inspired events.
“SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, AND L.A. IN PARTICULAR, HAS SUCH AN UNEXPECTED AND EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF DESIGN TALENT RIGHT NOW.” – Co-founders Megan Reilly and Troy Hanson
One predicts a sweeping scene—particularly as WestEdge co-founders, Megan Reilly and Troy Hanson, have commandeered the vast Barker Hangar to hold the event, which will require all 35,000 square feet of the venue to accommodate its ongoing swell in event participation (some 95 percent, in exhibitors, and more than 100 percent, in turnout, since its inception). Though an atypical setting for a “tradeshow,” no ordinary convention center will do for a design fair that is anything but. As Reilly and Hanson see it, the combination of sunny California weather and historic shelter “blends together a perfect casual, cool vibe with great design and creative people who do amazing work”—designers, influencers and makers staging their wares and sharing their insight.
While some WestEdge happenings are returning for another run, including the Opening Night Party benefitting Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, where attendees of the Oct. 19 bash can preview and shop one-of-a-kind pieces of artist-created luggage at the Samsonite-sponsored Street Art Auction, there also will be the DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and the Thrive Tribe Foundation auction featuring bespoke wine buckets by two dozen artists and designers.
Also fresh for WestEdge this year is DIEM: TALKS DESIGN. Presented in partnership with Architectural Digest, LALA, and the West Hollywood Design District, the daylong symposium featuring KCRW’s Frances Anderton and writer and designer Mallery Roberts Morgan will explore the theme “EVERYTHING IS DISRUPTED” to foster conversation about the shifts in our social and physical landscape. New too is the Milk Stand, a Design Milk pop-up with modern design merch, from home décor to architectural-inspired jewelry. The buzzy design blog host is also presenting one of WestEdge’s featured areas, MADE:MODERN, which will highlight the work of independent designers while fostering a coveted meet-and-greet between makers and attendees, allowing the former to share the stories behind their products that one can also purchase.
Design lovers will find no shortage of spaces for socializing, including the Indoor Lounge, sponsored by Foscarini, Bolon and the Botanicals Wallpaper Collection by Resource Furniture; Outdoor Lounge backed by Juniper House in collaboration with the Venus Williams’ helmed V Starr Interiors and offering cocktails, gaming tables and outdoor grilling; and the Culinary Pavilion, serving up culinary demos and tastings.
“Southern California, and L.A. in particular, has such an unexpected and extraordinary amount of design talent right now,” say Reilly and Hanson. “There is no doubt that L.A. is now a major focus of attention within these categories for the trade, press and design-savvy consumers, and we’re extremely fortunate to drive the conversation forward through all that WestEdge offers.”
Written by Alisha Henson | Photography Courtesy of Steve Magner
As part of the brand’s expansion in the Western Region, the leading luxury real estate brokerage represents one of 21 locations in California and will help to better accommodate Elliman’s top roster of agents to service home buyers and sellers within the Malibu area. “As the coastal jewel of Los Angeles, Malibu attracts a sophisticated, high-end clientele and we are excited to join the Malibu community,” says Stephen Kotler, CEO of the Western Region for Douglas Elliman. “With offices now in Brentwood, Pacific Palisades Manhattan Beach, Santa Barbara, and Carmel the opening of a Malibu office is in sync with Elliman’s commitment to being the leading real estate brokerage on the West Coast,” continues Kotler.
Written by Abigail Stone | Photographs by Paul Jonason
Trousdale Estates, just up from the Soho House, is one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods. Veer right onto Doheny Road and the hustle and bustle of Sunset Boulevard quickly fades in favor of the area’s rolling hills and serene roads. Mature trees nod to the neighborhood’s origin as part of Greystone Mansion grounds. Balancing privacy with accessibility, it’s no wonder that some of Hollywood’s most legendary names—Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Curtis—have called these streets home. Its mandated height restrictions ensure backyards with unobstructed views. Located in a city that now stretches from seaside Malibu to urbane Downtown and over to the Valley, and within easy driving distance of Beverly Hills’ world-class shopping and multi-starred restaurants, this part of the 90210 is in the center of it all.
Situated at the end of a cul de sac, 335 Trousdale Place is located on one of the area’s highest points, which becomes clear the moment you pass through the teak gates echoed in the home’s monumental front door. Even before stepping inside, you glimpse the stunning view through this glass front. It seems to offer the whole city in one inspiring scene. From Downtown to the ocean to the Getty Center, here is the sight of Los Angeles at its most mesmerizing, pulling you through the house toward the backyard.
“There’s a reason why Trousdale is the highest price per square foot in the city; seamless indoor-outdoor, organic, modern Beverly Hills living,” says Branden Williams of Hilton & Hyland, who is listing the luxury estate for $27.5 million. This 270-degree panorama has stiff competition in the home itself. In an enclave that boasts architecturally important houses by such famous architects as Wallace Neff, Paul R. Williams, A. Quincy Jones and Frank Lloyd Wright, this organic modern home, with its sleek, low profile, more than holds its own.
Steps lead down from the home’s front hallway into its elegant living room. Here, inviting, sensual furniture—a sinuous boomerang sofa, modeled after those designed by Adrian Pearsall, and velvet barrel chairs clustered around a fireplace set into a show-stopping marble wall on one side, with fur-covered armchairs grouped with a long leather couch on the other—created expressly for the home, exude glamour.
At night, the city lights create a dramatic background for cocktails, while the highly polished built-in teak wood bar puts everything close at hand. But, of course, it’s all about the view that forms the focal point of every room, from the dining room, where a live edge table for 10 sits under a shimmering modern crystal chandelier, to the kitchen with a breakfast table under another stunning light fixture, to the master bedroom featuring bronze details that catch the sun’s rays, to the master bathroom, where you can enjoy daylight along with a steam shower. Where else in the world, apart from Southern California, can you truly maximize the singular pleasures of indoor/outdoor living?
All are accounted for here: early morning laps; a post-dinner turn in the hot tub; a glass of wine at sunset; a nap in the outdoor guest house featuring sliding glass Sky-Frame doors to welcome in the sunshine. Such is the benefit of Los Angeles’ temperate climate, of which this house takes full advantage.
The house also reaps the aesthetic rewards of the exquisite materials used throughout: gold-veined marble in the guest bathroom, a rich millennial velvet channel headboard in the master bedroom, a living wall in the guest house. Complementing these elements are the home’s top-of-the-line kitchen appliances from Wolf, Miele and Sub-Zero, and state-of-the-art accessories including an oversized television and vintage Italian touch lamps in the media room, not to mention a sumptuous fur rug and a gleaming brass desk in the office, all luxuries befitting a property of this caliber that’s move-in ready.
With a roomy, fully-finished three-car garage that can be easily outfitted to hold three additional show cars, and a generous motor court able to accommodate almost a half dozen more, as well as plenty of street parking, this showpiece estate is one to share with friends. And with five bedrooms, there’s plenty of room for guests. Invite them at will, just know that it’s likely they’ll stay a while.
PRESENTED BY BRANDEN WILLIAMS AND RAYNI WILLIAMS
OF HILTON & HYLAND
LIST PRICE $27,500,000
Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of Retail Design Collaborative
While the name of El Segundo’s newest dining destination, Apollo Landing, is an homage to the region’s long history of aerospace research, the offerings are more of the tasty variety. Think everything from a modern-day version of a roadside hamburger stand serving burgers, chicken, hot dogs, shakes, frozen custard, beer and wine, to a San Francisco-based company that creates drip coffee using 30 different signature blends from around the world.
“Currently, El Segundo boasts more than $1 billion in recent and planned developments,” says Barbara Voss, economic development manager of the city of El Segundo. “Apollo Landing brings more dining options to the already buzzing Rosecrans corridor. We are so pleased Continental Development Corp. chose a name to honor the city’s heritage and recognition as the ‘Aerospace Capital of the World.’”
Situated at 2171-2191 Rosecrans Ave., the three-building complex is set to include 13,500 square feet of Retail Design Collaborative-crafted space featuring nationally recognized restaurants and local chef-driven concepts when it debuts this fall as part of Continental Park, an 83-acre mixed-use development with more than 3 million square feet of office space. The lineup includes six restaurants, including the popular New York City-based hamburger chain Shake Shack; Tender Greens, the chef-led, seasonal kitchen serving farmer’s market-driven cooking in a casual atmosphere; Philz Coffee, a Bay Area favorite that personalizes each cup of coffee served; Pier 76 Fish Grill, a healthy and affordable seafood restaurant offering classic favorites with an innovative twist; and Caló Kitchen + Tequila, a boutique concept specializing in tequila and serving authentic Mexican cuisine.
The first restaurant is expected to open in October, with the rest following soon after and one more eatery slated for later this year. “We are thrilled that Continental Development Corp. is bringing these well-known, high-quality restaurants to El Segundo,” says Voss. “These six new dining options offer exciting choices for our residents and the nearly 60,000 people who work in our business community. We have seen significant investment from companies relocating to El Segundo or expanding their existing operations in the city, as we offer competitive lease rates, low business taxes, a highly-skilled workforce, and unequaled connectivity to greater L.A. with access to LAX, the metro and major freeways. These new dining choices will help meet the growing demand for restaurants in the area.”
2171-2191 Rosecrans Avenue
El Segundo, CA 90254
Written by Abigail Stone | Photography Courtesy of Paul Jonason
Of all the canyons in Los Angeles, Mandeville is unique. It is the only one that leads nowhere. While this might be a deterrent for those seeking a shortcut to the valley, residents here couldn’t be happier, as there are fewer outsiders racing through the leafy roads.
Privacy is but one of the many appeals of this woodsy enclave, which mixes refinement with rusticity in equal, perfectly balanced, measure. Hollywood icons Harrison Ford and Norman Lear are longtime residents. Lachlan Murdoch has a home here, as does Ari Emanuel. Only moments from the 405 to the east and PCH to the west, the locale combines proximity to the best of the city with pastoral pleasures (to which the many bicyclists and equestrians who reside here can attest).
Hikers are drawn to the gentle rise of West Mandeville Fire Road, at the top of Westridge Road, and the Sycamore covered valley of Sullivan Canyon that winds below. In fact, its trailhead is within walking distance of the home at 13600 Bayliss Road, with the view of these lush rolling hills forming the bright-green backdrop of its elegant profile. Visitors are certain to know they’ve arrived at the standout address, even before their map app confirms it. All eyes are drawn to the understated luxury of this residence built by Drexel Luxury Homes, a firm well-known for building extraordinary real estate on the Westside.
The quiet grandeur that the home’s exterior promises, its interior more than fulfills, from the moment you’re ushered through the large pivoting front door and into the magnificent foyer, with its 22-foot-high, crisp-white paneled walls. This is a home designed for the kind of entertaining forged from deep, longstanding relationships. The dining room, its decor inspired by Chanel’s iconic jacket, creates a sophisticated setting for the innovative stylings of a private chef, telegraphing a perfectly composed meal made with items procured from Santa Monica’s renowned farmers’ market, and paired with top-rated vintages from California’s best vineyards. Even the powder room, with its inky black mosaic tiles, wall covering and white floor with negro marquina marble border, communicates sophistication.
A team of caterers will quickly feel at home in the expansive gourmet kitchen, which features the latest top-of-the-line appliances by Miele, Wolf and Sub-Zero; a 36” farmhouse sink set into a natural stone countertop; an oversized island, and generous custom cabinetry. For al fresco events, the outdoor grill and bar offers a work station. Whether plans call for a lavish charity cocktail event; a private viewing in the screening room, featuring upholstered walls, lush carpet and state-of-the-art audio-visual technology; or an intimate breakfast meeting under the covered outdoor patio, this home handles all occasions with aplomb, easily transitioning from intimate setting to stately stage. Sliding Fleetwood doors fully open the living room to the outdoors, a boon for when the crowd morphs from a few close colleagues to a few hundred associates. The lounge on the second-floor landing presents yet another location for a tete a tete or to conduct a casual meeting while the main party is in full swing downstairs. And, of course, Crestron’s SmartHome system offers control via phone. Complementing the home’s exterior (spacious enough for one to build a pool) is an outdoor shower and an outdoor powder room.
At this level of living, an executive is not only free to control his own hours but, just as often, to put in a full day of work from home. A quiet office, paneled in rich wood, provides the ideal setting for taking back-to-back conference calls, conducting research, or hosting important private meetings.
Upstairs, the 14-foot ceilings in the master bedroom create a room truly befitting its moniker. The layered details of the downstairs rooms continue here: paneled walls, a fireplace with custom-made mantel and marble surround, a minibar, and expansive his-and-her closets. The master bathroom is more than its equal. Sparkling underneath a crystal chandelier, two large vanities, a double-sized glass-enclosed steam shower and a freestanding tub on a stone platform rival those found in the city’s best hotels. The three other en-suite bedrooms on this level are equally lavish, with walk-in closets and Porcelnosa tiled bathrooms. For live-in assistance or guests, a similar set-up is tucked into the corner of the first floor.
With Brentwood, Santa Monica and the Palisades all moments away, there are certainly days when you’ll heed their clarion call. But more often, you’ll find yourself choosing to stay home. But then, when everything you need is right here, with the world more than happy to come to your doorstep, there’s truly no need to leave.
Written by Alisha Henson | Photography Courtesy of McNamara/ShootingLA
San Francisco’s Pacific Union International and Los Angeles-based boutique luxury brokerage, Partners Trust, merger creates the largest independent real estate brokerage in California. With a 2016 sales volume of $12.61 Billion and a 2017 sales volume in excess of $15 Billion, the combined expansion brings a total of 47 offices to both Northern and Southern California and acquires more than 1,400 real estate professionals. “Our merger with Pacific Union represents a new and exciting era for our team of partners and associates,” Partners Trust CEO and Co-Founder Nick Segal says. “It will positively redefine the California real estate market and make us the dominant, independent force in the Los Angeles luxury real estate market. It allows us to create the most ideal road map for the ultimate client experience in Los Angeles.”
Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of William Rust
The Beverly Hilton’s iconic Trader Vic’s has paved the way for a new upscale hotel. Now open in its place, the art deco-inspired Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills adds a touch of sophisticated flair to the spot that once housed the retro Tiki bar—complete with panoramic views of the city from the rooftop deck, award-winning chef Jéan-Georges Vongerichten’s first West Coast restaurant and the tranquil Swiss spa La Prairie. The hotel is the brand’s first new build on the West Coast and second California property, joining the Waldorf Astoria portfolio of 26 hotels and resorts.
“This has been a dream of Owner Beny Alagem (who also owns The Beverly Hilton, which sits adjacent to the Waldorf Astoria) for years,” says Luc Delafosse, managing director of Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, a collaboration between architect and master planner Gensler, Perkins+Will, Oasis West Realty, Hilton and Pierre Yves Rochon Inc.
“The -acre property is a one-of-a-kind hospitality destination, with lushly landscaped grounds and gardens, approximately 6,300 square feet of indoor meeting and special events space, state-of-the-art technology offerings, and a ground-level outdoor dining terrace.”
Situated at 9850 Wilshire Blvd.—at the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, near other newcomers such as the Gratitude Beverly Hills restaurant—the 12-story hotel features 119 deluxe rooms and 51 suites priced from $815 per night.
Expect oversized accommodations featuring floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto private balconies, along with villa suites boasting manicured individual terraces and breathtaking views of the Hollywood Hills and urban canyon of Century City.
The hotel’s public spaces mesh legendary Hollywood glamour with the Streamline Moderne style of the 1930s and ’40s. Chic touches throughout include the triple-height lobby with a contemporized art-deco design, hand-painted murals, custom crystal chandeliers and elegant Lalique installations. Richly upholstered furniture in soothing tones of celadon, taupe and white is accented by alluring artwork.
Look for a trio of world-class dining venues helmed by legendary French Michelin-starred chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and his hand-picked team of culinary experts: signature restaurant Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, as well as The Rooftop by JG and Jean-Georges Beverly Hills Bar. Among the most popular items on the menus (which showcase locally sourced ingredients) is the ahi tuna tartare with crushed avocado, radish and ginger dressing; avocado carpaccio pizza with serrano chili, cilantro and lime; beef tenderloin; and tasty cocktails, like the ginger margarita.
Rounding out this property are special amenities and services. Think a private Rolls Royce house car offering complimentary drop-off service within a two-mile radius; private cabanas at the rooftop pool; deluxe spa treatments using products from white caviar to pure gold at the La Prairie Spa; and makeovers at the Tracey Cunningham Salon, with services by celebrity hair colorist Tracey Cunningham. (Not to mention a personal concierge assigned to every guest.)
“The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills offers guests an opportunity to encounter unmatched luxury, world-class design and exclusive services in a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience that is unlike any in Los Angeles,” says Delafosse.
WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS
9850 WILSHIRE BLVD., BEVERLY HILLS, CA, 9021
310.860.6666 | WALDORFASTORIABEVERLYHILLS.COM
Written by Karine Monie | Photography Courtesy of Jack Bremen
Presented by Gina Hoffman, Palm Realty Boutique
List Price: $3,100,000
“Design should make a person ‘feel’ a certain way. And this feeling is formed via the human senses of sight, sound, and touch, probably in that order.” The philosophy of Los Angeles-based real estate and design company De Bilt—founded by couple Dominique Lobjois and Gustave Stroes—is straightforward yet not easy to achieve. The sense of flow, coziness, soft acoustics and notion of balance are at the heart of every project, including the company’s most recent.
Located on the west side of El Segundo—a charming coastal town where Dominique and Gustave currently live and work—425 West Oak Ave. was built on an 8,200-square-foot lot. “We immediately found that the city of El Segundo had a great need for fine architecture and a quality build with modern finishes,” Gustave says. Divided into two levels, the 4,000-square-foot house comprises five bedrooms, five and a half baths, plus a three-car garage and outdoor spaces.
Highly inspired by mid-century modern design—reflected through the shape of the high and wide windows, the courtyard at the center of the living space and the stylish kitchen—the property’s other influences can be seen in the industrial style visible in the front steps and rear retaining wall made of board-formed concrete.
“The exterior of the home is intended to emulate stacked building blocks,” Gustave says. “The blocks have different colors in order to accentuate this effect. We used black-and-white stucco, along with dark grey siding, while the vibrant blue front door adds a pop of color and fun.”
The rooflines of the house presented one of the project’s biggest challenges. “We wanted a series of flat roofs, but local building codes do not allow it,” Gustave says. “However, Dominique did a fantastic job incorporating pitched roof profiles into a look that still speaks to mid-century.”
Inside, the welcoming foyer features high ceilings and oversized grey porcelain tiles mirroring concrete. An architectural corridor leads to modern sliding doors that open to the living spaces. The white walls provide a feeling of brightness—except in the powder room, painted dark mink in tribute to Hollywood Regency style.
Flooded with natural light, the office occupies the right side of the living area. The dining room, decorated with a modern linear lighting fixture filled with crystals and offering views to the center courtyard, is on the left. Sleek and functional, the kitchen has floor-to-ceiling cabinets with a mix of gloss white and medium oak Thermofoil, white Pentalquartz countertops, a backsplash composed of large format tiles that mimic a big slab of Calcutta marble, an undermount porcelain sink imported from France, on the center island, and Thermador appliances.
Ceilings in both the kitchen and the family room feature reclaimed wood from the original house. “This wood is 50 or 60 years old,” Gustave says. “They are simply not making any more of it. It is a crime to crunch it up and throw it in a landfill. The patina and texture of this old wood is just gorgeous. We like to use it as decorative accents on ceilings and walls. This way the old house can continue to live on in the new house somehow.”
Furnished with a built-in entertainment center, the spacious family room opens to both the courtyard that wraps around the house, and the backyard—designed by De Bilt and executed by Outside Matters Landscaping—where a WWOO concrete outdoor kitchen was installed. “The courtyard is our favorite space,” Dominique says. “It is the center of the home in every possible way, and it is a fabulous space for entertaining, or to just hang out in the evenings, sheltered from the ocean breeze.”
In the center of the house, the stairs lead to a second floor with white oak laminate flooring. Each one of the three auxiliary bedrooms has vaulted ceilings, an en-suite bathroom with custom tilework and custom-built closets. In the bright master suite, with an oversized master closet, a Zen atmosphere was created. With radiant floor heating, custom vanity with LED polished chrome fixtures, floating mirrors, Calcutta porcelain tiles with marble finishes and a large shower with two entrances, the master bathroom is an ode to discreet luxury.
“The phrase we created and have embraced from the beginning embodies our work,” Dominique and Gustave say. “It’s not a house. It’s a feeling.”
Written by Constance Dunn | Photography Courtesy of Paul Jonason
A few years ago, a local businessman snapped up a plum property, located on a hillside and adjacent to his own Palos Verdes home. Luckily for Rose and Nicholas Colonna, the property became available when they were looking for a new home. “We downsized because our kids were all gone,” says Rose Colonna, a Palos Verdes native. Searching for something luxurious, yet not grandly scaled like her former home, which was approximately 12,000 square feet, Colonna knew that when she set her eyes on the nearly 7,000 square foot home three years ago, it was just the place. The couple snapped up the property to which they added approximately a million dollars in custom renovations.
The result is a fine Spanish home in the hacienda style, complete with a U-shaped floor plan that cradles an outdoor oasis in the vein of a leisured resort. Inside, rooms are meticulously decked with the features of classic luxury, from Venetian plastered walls to ornate chandeliers and coffered ceilings.
The atmosphere is an ideal twine of sumptuousness and making the most of Southern California’s fair climate—ocean views included. “It checks all the boxes. Everything I had in the big house I have here,” says Colonna, “only on a smaller scale.”
“I love the kitchen,” she says, walking through the ideally sized space—one that’s large enough to handle a hefty entertaining load yet small enough to feel homey when making morning coffee or fixing an informal family meal. “Look around, it has everything,” she says, pointing out features that include an oversized Viking range, along with dual refrigerators, dual dishwashers and built-in beverage drawers.
There are ornate glossy floors and a central island—along with shiny steel appliances and a deftly inlaid coffered ceiling. The more decorative notes are balanced by touches of farmhouse chic, such as carved cabinetry in shades
of walnut and antique blue, and a fresh-air atmosphere due to French doors that open directly to the outdoors. A butler’s pantry and an adjacent sunlit breakfast room complete the scene. “You don’t have to set up tables,” says Colonna, noting the multiple dining areas, steps from the kitchen. “You can have a party of 80 and you’re ready to go.”
Speaking of parties, the grounds are designed for them. Like the interior, the scale of the exterior spaces achieves an atmosphere of easy luxury without the burden of too vast a space, which inevitably leads to thoughts of upkeep.
A covered outdoor living room with a fireplace and a grand dining area, ideal for candlelit dinner gatherings, dominates the central courtyard—a space adjoined to the interior daily gathering rooms by a generous use of French doors. One of these is a family room with a vista that stretches across the city and mountains, and where Colonna enjoys peaceful mornings making jewelry and taking in the views.
“When my friends stop by, they tell me they don’t want to leave because they feel they’re on vacation,” says Colonna with a chuckle as we stroll outside, past the Roman-shaped pool and the fire pit, the full-sized bar and outdoor kitchen. This leisure area, decked in smooth travertine, is tidy and private, with a keen landscape of palm trees and succulents, creeping bougainvillea and tidy European hedges. “My husband is the landscaper,” she says. The style? “We did classic Santa Barbara Spanish.” Adding to this is a manicured lawn of more than 2,500 square feet that sits below this elevated area, with peaceful waterfalls and a koi pond.
Entertaining areas abound inside the home as well. There’s an intimate media room on the lower floor (there are three floors in all). For formal occasions, the wing on the main floor includes both a chandeliered dining room and a living room, plus a cozy library loaded with intricate custom finish work—from a carved marble fireplace and a deep tray ceiling to matching cabinetry and bookshelves in a deep merlot hue.
Perhaps the most epic views in a property filled with them are found in the master wing, which encompasses most of the top floor of the home, and in itself could serve as stand-alone lodging. There’s a massive outdoor terrace laid with stonework that affords a palm tree panorama stretching across the peninsula and beyond. “The view is really endless,” notes Colonna. “You can see the San Bernardino mountains, the Queen’s Necklace and even further, Point Dume.” A sequence of French doors merge the space with the indoors, which includes an airy office (“We love the office here, it’s so convenient”) and a sunlit bedroom, complete with a marble fireplace and quiet side patio that seems the ideal spot for lounging in the morning hours or stargazing before bed.
The master bath is appropriately outfitted in size and details, including chandeliers, marble counters and an elevated spa tub where one can soak amid views of the Pacific Ocean. The closet is notable for both its size—it’s as big as a nearby bedroom—and modern design niceties supplied by friend and wardrobe consultant, Gayle Theodora Drake, who customized features ranging from a generous shoe showcase and lockable cabinetry to a marble island and vanity.
Consistent throughout the home, from the most ornate room or column-filled hallway to every bedroom, is quick access to the outdoors, with its fresh air and resplendent views. It’s that balance again, between sunshine and stateliness. Perhaps it’s floor-to-ceiling doors that open onto a private sitting lawn, as is the case in the library and the dining room.
The private hydrangea garden that one steps out to from one of the five en-suite bedrooms. Or wrought-iron balconies in the formal living room, where one can drink in the home’s hilltop perspective that stretches across the mountains, ocean and city.
Whether it’s the triple-layered wainscoting in a spare guestroom or the gleaming workspaces that line the car-lover’s garage, the detailing throughout the property—inside and on its grounds—is the high-note of the home. “The level of detail,” real estate agent Anand Chhabria answers quickly when asked what makes the home so special. “Everything about this house, especially what the owner did from the time they moved in, is amazing.”