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.
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.
“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!”
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!
Bob Friday of Bulldog Estates
310.720.9979 | 2025Highlandave.com
List Price: $11.250M
There are currently 606 active single-family homes for sale on the Westside Market of Los Angeles, (as defined by the areas listed below.) Looking for a home at $1 million or under – you have a total of (5) homes to choose from. Over $5 million? You’ll get to choose from 222 homes that are currently listed over $5 million. At the top end, you will find a total of (12) homes listed at over $25 million. Average prices per square feet range from a low of $391.67 to a high of $9516.57, with an average of $1556.74 per square foot.
A total of $2,083,251,922 worth of single-family homes have been sold at an average price of $3,301,509 in the areas listed below so far this year with 631 total transactions.
MRMLS single family residence average sales in Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. Information is deemed accurate but not guaranteed.
An Italianate Renaissance Revival estate bridges Old-World elegance with modern amenities in Brentwood lifestyle locale
Just west of the 405, Brentwood is ideally situated to enjoy the best of what Los Angeles has to offer. Here are some of the city’s best public and private schools; the popular shopping and cafe clusters of Brentwood Country Mart and Brentwood Village; and, along San Vicente, the Brentwood Country Club, among dozens of fine restaurants, trendy boutiques, and upscale markets. With the 405 on its eastern border and the 10 on its southern border, Brentwood is within an easy driving distance of the entire city. In fact, for many Southern California residents, Brentwood is the definition of “living well” in Los Angeles. But not all houses are created equal. Long-time residents know that there’s a secret hierarchy. The addresses that wind up through the Santa Monica Mountains north of Sunset are the most prestigious. Brentwood Heights denotes more than elevation: it bestows stature.
The reason for this enclave’s cachet is immediately apparent as one makes their way up the road to a quiet street lined with large lots. The occasional glimpse of a pergola-covered carport, a driveway thick with pea gravel, or a copse of tall trees are clues to the magnificent homes located on the generous acreage found here, like the stately offering at 426 N. Barrington—breathtaking and truly worthy of its classification as an estate, with all of the beauty and bounty it implies.
The emerald green hedge that separates this home from the road is thick, tall and perfectly pruned, telegraphing the Old-World elegance within. The driveway is a graceful curve that sweeps in front of the gleaming white Italianate abode that is at once imposing and welcoming. A triptych of arched windows looks out over the front of the house. A covered portico welcomes guests while shielding them from the sun or Los Angeles’ infrequent but torrential rainstorms. Down the driveway, at the bottom of the property, is a generous three-car garage.
It’s not surprising to learn that this home was built in 1925. It highlights both a gracefulness and solidity rarely found in new construction. An extensive and recently received renovation has graced the property with a fresh design that still respects and maintains the home’s original historic character, impeccably bridging past and future. A myriad of small details—a hand-painted ceiling, finely-carved moldings, cement tile that spreads across the central courtyard, the cool of a California basement (the perfect spot for a wine cellar), thick wooden beams, graceful stair railings, generous balconies and rich wood floors—suffuse the with home with substance and style.
Along with updates including plumbing, electrical and solar heating for the pool, the home’s construction offers a feature unique to residences built in the early decades of the last century: stucco walls that absorb heat during the day and keep the interior cool and breezy, without ever turning on the air conditioning (a boon in a home where the doors to the back will likely be open all day for friends and family to meander in and out—for coffee on the back terrace, a dip in the pool, or a snooze in the afternoon sun). At night, heat is released, warming the home to a comfortable level while one sleeps.
The home preserves the graciousness that defined a storied era when life and the movie business were roaring. It’s apparent in the entrance foyer, with its dramatic sweeping staircase. It’s in the grand ball-room sized living room with its double-height ceiling, and in the balcony that sweeps around the living room, overlooking the activity below and connecting the trio of en-suite bedrooms in the junior wing with the luxurious master wing. And it’s in the way that the rooms—the stunning chef’s kitchen that easily accommodates a catering brigade, the aforementioned living room, the den and game room—swirl around the central courtyard. A back stairway connects the sumptuous master suite, with its bountiful walk-in closet, elegant bathroom and sitting area with a large library. The privacy of this room mixes undertaking remote business with the pleasure of a pleasing space.
Though this is clearly homemade to host parties large and small, formal and casual—a grand gala, a wedding on the back lawn, a silent auction, a late-summer cocktail soirée, a raucous barbecue and pool party—its sophisticated flow and well-proportioned rooms give it an intimacy that connects family. Certainly, there is plenty of room for extended family and friends, complete with a bedroom suite at the back of the house near the garage; another on the far side of the house that opens on to the back lawn; and the pool house. All of these spaces have the ability to be completely autonomous from the main house, offering in-laws, guests or household assistance the independence to come and go without disturbing the family. Of course, any of these spaces would make a magnificent home office, gym, or other creative space.
Quiet, even though located within moments of Brentwood’s favorite gathering places, the home’s setting underscores a life of cosmopolitan taste. To be beguiled by its charms is to be forever enchanted. Leave others to a more modern residential romance—this contemporarily updated yet lovingly preserved home casts a transforming, captivating spell that is truly timeless.
“Quiet, even though located within moments of Brentwood’s favorite gathering places, the home’s setting underscores a life of cosmopolitan taste.”
Presented by: Hugh Evans III
Pacific Union International
310.500.1331 | 426NBarrington.com
List Price: $16,995,000
Written by: Abigail Stone
Photography by: Todd Goodman
Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee’s Calabasas home has returned to the market for $4.65 million after being unlisted in February 2018.
Situated in a guard-gated community, the home was built in 1987 and includes almost 10,000 square feet of living space highlighted by a recording studio, movie theater, an indoor spa, two kitchens, a central atrium with waterfalls and retractable glass roof. Outdoors, the landscaped grounds boast a piano-shaped pool with a spa and waterfall feature, patios, fireplaces and custom torch lighting. Jordan Cohen of RE/MAX Olson & Associates holds the listing.
Take a look at the Realtor.com article for more in-depth look at the interior
This beautiful, secluded home, located on 919 Rivas Canyon Road, a private road, just east of Palisades Village, perfectly balances Old World craftsmanship and modern amenities in a fairytale setting
Finding a home that strikes the ideal balance—between isolation and convenience, Old World craftsmanship and modern amenities, proximity to nature and accessibility to culture—is at the heart of finding the perfect house in Los Angeles. If such stringent criteria has thwarted your search, the home at 919 Rivas Canyon Road may be the answer to your prayers. Unique in its detailed architectural charms, singular in its natural beauty and unparalleled in its feeling of quiet solitude yet only moments from the city’s world-class offerings, the home’s magical sylvan setting provides an inviting respite from the exhausting pace of everyday life.
Located just east of Palisades Village and north of Sunset, Rivas Canyon, a private, creekside lane abutting the trailhead to Topanga State Park and populated by just over a dozen addresses, feels like another world, where privacy, seclusion and nature are of paramount importance. As the chaos of the city quickly fades from memory, it’s easy to forget that one is only a few minutes to the sophisticated shopping and restaurants of Brentwood, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades and Beverly Hills. Zoned for horses, avid equestrians will appreciate the ability to not only locally board their animals, but also to ride them over the bridle paths of Will Rogers Park and onto its facilities.
Formerly part of the vast Will Rogers holdings, this property, a saltbox-style home referred to by locals as “The Red House” for its deep crimson color, was the street’s original estate property. Nestled under a canopy of majestic old oak and sycamore trees on just over an acre of land, it was built in 1940 by Avery Rennick, a renowned furniture maker. Rennick’s handiwork is evident at every turn: highly polished cabinetry, heavy wood doors, and detailed moldings layer spaces with beauty. No wonder a who’s who of Hollywood heavyweights, including Myrna Loy, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and screenwriters Jean Holloway (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir) and Gary L. Goldman (Total Recall) have all called the property home.
While old, the home is far from antiquated. Nimbly bridging past and present, it has been restored with meticulous attention to enhancing its historical beauty and updating to accommodate the needs of an active, modern life. Light-filled rooms distinguished by burnished wood floors and walls of crystal-clear windows overlooking the verdant setting underscore the home’s aura of peace and tranquility. It’s said that the living room’s paneled walls were inspired by a display in the American Wing of NY’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and, over the fireplace (one of three in the main house), a television is artfully concealed.
A soothing palette of subdued deep grays, blues and greens imbues the perfectly proportioned rooms with serenity. Updated bathrooms proffer intriguing penny tile designs that straddle the delicate line where historical accuracy meets the modern need. There are two bedrooms on the second floor of the front house—a spacious master bedroom and a junior bedroom with a separate dressing area—while the guest house, added to the main home in the 1940s, with its two bedroom suites, offers teenagers, guests, in-laws or live-in assistance the autonomy of a separate entrance. Downstairs, a den, and a guest bedroom, currently being used as a home office, and a dining room overlooking the backyard bring a soothing rhythm to the home’s pleasing floorplan.
A spacious kitchen, with an expansive center island, cathedral ceilings and custom-made glass and steel doors, partners the main house with the guest quarters. Open to the expansive patio, with its fire pit, full outdoor kitchen and a dining area, canopied by a lush pergola fragrant with wisteria, this storybook outdoor courtyard is the space around which most of the activities of the home revolve.
Located just beyond the central entertaining pavilion and separated from the street by a towering privacy hedge of lush poplar trees, the large spa looks out over a generous lawn. There’s a wine cellar here too. Carved into the hillside, the cool cave keeps prized vintages at the ideal temperature, ensuring that this home will be the setting for many a memorable feast, bounteous with vegetables plucked from the home’s garden patch and fragrant with herbs from its garden.
For the larger events that are an inevitable part of an active social life in Los Angeles, the sprawling, park-like grounds easily accommodate crowds of 100 or more. Guests will thrill at the winding paths that meander through oak, citrus and flowering trees, leading up through the wooded landscape, past areas for play, rest and reflection and to a private gate above which provides secure access to the Alphabet streets of the Palisades and the soon-to-be-complete Village center.
Whether you work at home or just need a spot to work out, the light-filled garage and carport, with windows that offer a view onto the street to watch for visitors or deliveries, is the ideal setting. As an office, its short distance from the main house offers the perfect amount of space that keeps work life and home life at a comfortable distance from one another. It would also make for a spacious yoga studio, meditation room or gym, as there’s plenty of room for a Pilates reformer or two.
When it comes to real estate, the adage is location, location, location. While others may need a vacation to find their peace and tranquility, the owner of this abode need only come home.
Home sweet home, with nothing like it in the whole city. Magic abounds, and happily ever after awaits.
Presented By: Ellen McCormick
Berkshire Hathaway, 310.230.3707
List Price: $6,800,000
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
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.
Manhattan Beach home prices hit a new high water mark in July, reaching their highest level in over 4 years. The average sale price for single-family residences for 2017 year-to-date reached $3,008,529, while the median sale price also peaked at $2,471,125. The average sale price is up 14.56% from the same period last year, and up an astounding $1,005,169 when compared to 2013 average sale prices.
And the record highs keep coming – 1000 The Strand sold at the end of May of this year for $21,000,000, and there have been a total of (18) transactions year-to-date with a closed sales price above $5,000,000, versus (1) for the same period last year. In addition, Hermosa Beach just missed a record high sale price with the sale of 1540 The Strand, which closed at $14,150,000, (versus the record price of $15,000,000 in 2015.) See record home price sales for each city below.
South Bay & Palos Verdes
Record Home Prices – Single Family Residences
Another South Bay city has seen its average sale price hit a new high – North Redondo Beach. Year-to-date average sale prices hit a new peak of $1,002,651; the first time prices have topped the seven-figure number. That number compares to an average sale price of $768,023 in 2013, which means pricing has increased 30.5% in North Redondo Beach in the last 4.5 years!
We’re reaching an interesting point in time in terms of the typical real estate cycle, which seems to normalize / adjust every 7-9 years. With record employment, a continued low interest rate environment, stock market highs, renewed consumer confidence, and a healthier mortgage balance sheet (more equity, less delinquencies,) it appears the good times will keep coming.
I’m not one to speculate on where prices go from here, but like everyone interested in the housing market, it’s sure going to be interesting in the next 12 months.
WeHo welcomes a quintet of new luxury townhomes from FMB Development to the neighborhood
Written by Alisha Henson
Located at 1159 N Formosa Ave, just north of Santa Monica Blvd, five new modern luxury townhomes are being brought to West Hollywood by FMB Development. The three-story townhomes will feature indoor/outdoor living spaces that seamlessly blend into the development’s signature modern design and aesthetic of the neighborhood. Built with high-quality finishes and materials, each unit will also include a private front and back yard, and a subterranean garage. Not to mention the impeccable views from the rooftop deck, which include Downtown Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory, and the Hollywood sign.
“These luxury townhomes will integrate seamlessly into the surrounding neighborhood, increase area property values, and improve quality of life for local residents. We worked closely with the community in designing this property to ensure that it would contribute to the vibrant neighborhood and address local priorities, like increasing walkability and parking availability.
FMB Development is proud to have created a project that thoughtfully incorporates the latest in contemporary design, unique artistic elements, and the highest quality materials and finishes,” says IIan Kenig, CEO of FMB Development.
5757 Wilshire Blvd, Ste. 448
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Written by Wendy Bowman
This custom Mediterranean-style Manhattan Beach home at 1467 3rd St. definitely is attractive to pro athletes—in particular, for current owner and former left wing for the Los Angeles Kings, Alexander Frolov, and its original o
wner, former Lakers forward, Slava Medvedenko.
“The most appealing feature of the house is the high ceilings; the house feels really big, which is a desirable factor for tall athletes,”
says Michael Grady of The Agency, who is listing the property for $2.895 million.
“There’s also the corner lot aspect. You have a little more privacy on the corner and aren’t sandwiched in, and the backyard layout has a private oasis feel to it with a magnificent pool, spa and built-in barbecue.”
Yet other stand-out features of the two-level, 7,549-square-foot abode: five bedrooms (most notably, an elegant master suite boasting a duo of balconies and a fireplace); a living room with a wet bar and fireplace; formal dining room; and casual family room overlooking the lushly landscaped backyard that flows to a gourmet kitchen sporting a large center island, double-oven and breakfast area.
Written by Wendy Bowman
The gated and private Colonial Revival estate that Green Acres actress Eva Gabor (as well as stars from Audrey Hepburn to Mia Farrow) once called home has hit the market for $13.995 million, listed by Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury.
Situated at 100 Delfern Drive—in the exclusive Los Angeles enclave of Holmby Hills—the traditional Paul Williams-designed residence features 6,797 square feet of living space in the main home, including a grand foyer boasting an elegant designer chandelier and winding staircase; six bedrooms; a living room with fireplace and built-in library shelves; family room with fireplace; formal dining room; and kitchen with a light-filled breakfast area. Meanwhile, the 1.1-acre lot is highlighted by a guest house; staff apartment; inviting pool; pool house with kitchen and sauna; tennis court; and landscaped gardens. A sizeable brick-lined motor court tops off this white brick home’s special allure.
Explore L.A. this summer at fun summertime events from the Westside to the South Bay
Written by Wendy Bowman
El Segundo Art Walk
More than 40 artists in 35 studio venues throughout downtown El Segundo and the up-and-coming Smoky Hollow neighborhood (between Sepulveda and historic downtown El Segundo) are set to participate in the self-guided third Thursday night El Segundo Art Walk, with upcoming dates on July 20 and Aug. 17 from 5-9 p.m. Expect fine art, live music, great food and artist studio tours at the event, now in its third year. Start at July’s event headquarters at 212 Eucalyptus Drive for a map and drink. Look for work by artists including Chance Cooper, Sabrina Armitage, Carrie Dietz Brown, Paul Roustan, Scott McFarlane, Dane Capo and Paula Langstein at venues ranging from Unita to South Bay Customs and many more. ElSegundoArtWalk.com
Shade Summer Series
Both outposts of the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach are inviting everyone to party at their rooftop pools. Visit the Manhattan Beach site’s Skydeck Aug. 13 and Sept. 10, and the new Redondo Beach property’s Aquadeck each
Sunday throughout the summer. Both parties last from 1-6 p.m. and include handcrafted cocktails, food and drink specials and DJs. Open to the public (ages 21 and older), with a $20 admission fee. ShadeHotel.com
Beverly Hills Open Later Days (B.O.L.D.)
Planning on venturing out in the evening? Head to Beverly Hills for extended shopping hours and more, beginning Aug. 3. As part of Beverly Hills Open Later Days (B.O.L.D.)—a new initiative led by Mayor Lili Bosse, Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau and Rodeo Drive Committee—locals and visitors alike can visit select retailers Thursday-Saturday until 8 p.m. and enjoy live entertainment,
style sessions with fashion influencers, in-store tastemaker events, branded food carts and café seating along Rodeo Drive’s 200 block. Must-attend happenings include the free Concerts on Canon (in the Beverly Gardens between Montage Beverly Hills and Bouchon Bistro), with entertainers performing Broadway tunes, Brazilian jazz and other music every Thursday through Aug. 31 from 6-8 p.m., as well as aboveSIXTY movie nights featuring classics such as Dirty Dancing and ET and new favorites like La La Land on the SIXTY Beverly Hills Hotel rooftop each Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m., until September. LoveBeverlyHills.com
Concert on the Bluffs
The city of Malibu’s second-annual Concert on the Bluffs, in partnership with Malibu Village, takes place Aug. 20 at 5 p.m. at Malibu Bluffs Park. Look for performances by world-class musicians from the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, along with guest dancers from the New York City Ballet—all held against a backdrop featuring sweeping views of the mountains and coastline. BrownPaperTickets.com
Written by Abigail Stone | Photography Courtesy of Andrew Bramasco
Presented by Adam & Ally Jaret, Teles Properties
List Price: $12,750,000
There’s an idea of California living that draws its portrait of a beautiful home from the movies. It’s a world of gleaming white marble-topped kitchens, shimmering pools, stunning views and linen sofas. Oversized sliding pocket doors integrate the outdoors. There are spacious garages, master baths for two and walk-in closets with center islands.
But these are not just fictions dreamed up by a set decorator. They exist in the Pacific Palisades, with its quiet curving streets, walkable village full of cafes and intimate restaurants, striking views of the Santa Monica Mountains, and proximity to the beach all inspiring an idyllic backdrop. In fact, two of the authors of this dream, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, live here, with 1545 Amalfi Drive sitting between their homes. (Coincidentally, director Nancy Meyers’ home is also located within this enclave.)
“When you walk into this new home, you feel a certain warmth and charm that is typically reserved for an older home. You can see all the future family dinners and celebrations that will take place throughout this home,” offers Ally Jaret, listing agent for the property. Newly constructed under the eagle eye of Metro Capital Builders, 1545 Amalfi Drive is the sum of attention paid to beautiful details that may not be obvious to casual observers. What they will notice is that the home somehow feels more solidly built than most.
Panes in the windows are a bit larger, the front door a little thicker, and the quartz slightly more glittering. The impression is of a space that is at once light and solid, casual and elegant. There is the interplay of matte and shiny in the richly colored wall tiles in the downstairs bathroom, the intricacy of the unique hexagon marble tile pattern in each of the showers, the 33-foot-long zero edge pool, and the Tuuci umbrella that presides over the outdoor kitchen with its polished barbecue, shading a grill master from the sun during an afternoon cookout, or a trio of bartenders hired for an evening event.
It’s a home designed to easily morph from an intimate family space to an inviting party setting: the kitchen is separated from the formal dining room and there’s a full butler’s pantry for nights that call for a private chef; there’s direct access from the front door, past a coat closet and a guest powder room; and the fully-finished lower level, where the acoustically-built screening room and chilled wine room are located, is accessible from the backyard.
Yet the home also has been architected to handle the needs of day-to-day living: the open plan kitchen merges with a breakfast area that overlooks that stunning pool; large sliding doors connect the family room with the backyard, and there’s even a shaded area that encourages the easy mingling of those who prefer spending afternoons outdoors opposed to staying inside with a good book.
Downstairs wraps a luxurious mother-in-law suite into the floor plan along with the aforementioned screening room. In fact, with a bedroom downstairs and one tucked into a corner of the main floor, overlooking the pool, two sets of visiting relatives can enjoy equally sumptuous accommodations and autonomy, with the ability to come and go without disturbing the family’s regular routine.
Underscoring it all is a constant feeling of durability. The home can handle the wear and tear of family life, retaining its beauty for years to come, to survive children racing up and down the stairs, splashing pool parties and birthday barbecues; teenagers congregating in the downstairs lounge after school; even an assortment of vehicles in the six-car showroom garage, from the family SUV to a weekend sports car. Marble tiles in the bathrooms, Cosentino Dekton countertops in the kitchen, Pennsylvania natural bluestone on the exterior patio—every material finish in this home was specially selected with beauty and longevity in mind.
“Every design decision adheres to the Metro Capital Builders’ signature of smart, functional craftsmanship,” says Reza Akef, principal of Metro Capital Builders. “We are not building just another home; we are creating a future family’s lifestyle.” Quite beautifully, in fact. One is especially grateful that the master suite echoes a five-star hotel, with its sitting area and bathroom built for two, rich with expensive Italian Calacatta Marble. The space presents the privacy a couple needs to support their relationship within the whirlwind of an active family. There’s a full wet room with a tub and then a separate steam shower; a wet bar with filtered water, plus plenty of closet space to accommodate two different wardrobes, one with an ever-growing sneaker collection and sentimental t-shirts, the other a pile of multicolored cashmere sweater and fanciful heels. Sometimes, while enjoying a few stolen moments here, sitting in front of the fireplace after dressing for a party and looking over the balcony at the kids and their friends cannonballing into the pool, you toast to good fortune.
You’re living the life that others only see in the movies.