Archive for the ‘Luxury Real Estate’ Category

The Glass Pavilion In Montecito

The Glass Pavilion
Montecito, CA, 93108
5 BR, 5.5 BA

The Glass Pavilion, built by Los Angeles architect, designer, developer, realtor, Steve Hermann of Steve Hermann Design, is a breathtaking 14,000 square foot home in Montecito, California–part of Santa Barbara County and one of the the wealthiest communities in the U.S.

Inspired by architectural references like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion and Farnsworth House, as well as Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House, Hermann designed The Glass Pavilion in 2010 entirely out of steel and glass, blurring the boundaries between the indoors and out. Check out pictures of The Glass Pavilion’s interior, after the break!

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Frank Gehry’s Schnabel House In Brentwood

526 North Carmelina Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90049

4 BR, 5 BA

In 2006, Jon Platt, Tony Award-winning producer of “Angels in America” and “The Book of Mormon” purchased Frank Gehry’s Schnabel House in Brentwood. Platt spent four years remodeling the home, which was originally built in 1989 on a commission from Rockwell Schnabel, former ambassador to Finland and the European Union, and his wife Marna Schnabel, who briefly worked as an architect under Gehry. The Schnabel House is one of Gehry’s last single family residences.

Platt told the Los Angeles Times that his mission was to “take this gorgeous piece of art that happens to be a home” and update it with the modern features expected of a residence today–and do it all in a way that pleased Gehry. Platt added at that point he wasn’t ready to sell but, “Never say never.” Five months later the stunning home is on the market.

Much more on Frank Gehry’s Schnabel House after the break.

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336 Adelaide Drive In Santa Monica

336 Adelaide Drive
Santa Monica, CA 90402

5 BR, 7.5 BA

I’m dreaming about living in this spectacular 9,025 square foot Hacienda style home on Santa Monica’s most coveted street. This house is truly incredible! It reminds me of a luxury boutique hotel, with its ocean views, multiple courtyards, several outdoor fire pits, and a swimmers’ pool & spa.

Built in 1910 by renowned architect Robert D. Farquhar, the historic Gorham House is a true piece of Santa Monica’s history. It has been beautifully renovated and is an entertainer’s dream with a huge grassy lawn, designer kitchen, guesthouse, wine cellar, gym, movie theater, and more.

There are original lead glass doors and windows throughout the living room and sun room, as well as spectacular canyon and coastline views from every window. See lots more photos of this amazing home after the break.

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21644 Pacific Coast Highway In Malibu


21644 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

3 BR, 3.5 BA

Listings are a little slow between Christmas and New Years, so I thought I’d post about a dream beach house in Malibu. And just in case you forgot to get a loved one a holiday gift, this would probably make up for it!


Built in 1930, this 2,095 square foot home is the oldest original residence on La Costa Beach. It’s undergone a complete high-end renovation, but retains much of its classic charm and elegance. The house sits on .15 acres of private beachfront property with secure entry that leads to an expansive lounge-like deck, hot tub, fire pit, water features, and more.

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757 Kingman Avenue In Santa Monica


757 Kingman Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90402

3 BR, 6 BA

This spectacular Art Deco residence was designed in 1930 by Cedric Gibbons for Delores del Rio, a major Hollywood star during the silent era and Golden Age of Hollywood. Gibbons was known as one of the most influential art directors in the history of American film, and he’s also credited with designing the Oscar statue in 1928.


The interior of this gorgeous architectural home features 3 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a living room, family room, dining room, gourmet kitchen, and office–all with unique period details. There is also a huge pool, gym, and tennis court.

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1554 Hill Drive In Eagle Rock


1554 Hill Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90041

4 BR, 6BA

No that’s not a mis-print: $6 million in Eagle Rock! This tudor style known as Chateau Emanuel was built in 1925. It was last the market in 1965. The residence has undergone numerous upgrades and is located on three acres of pristine land. It features three guesthouses totaling an additional 3,000 square feet of space, five bedrooms, and six baths!


The property even includes a fully operational cafe with outdoor seating, as well as a pool, spa, fire pit, and gazebo. The unique outdoor space also provides a croquet court, BBQ’s and picnic areas, green houses, rose gardens, waterfalls, fountains, and koi ponds. There’s on-site parking for forty+ vehicles, as well as unrestricted street parking, making it ideal for serious entertaining.


Right now there are only a few pictures available, but additional photos should be coming soon. Homes in the price range are a rarity in this part of LA so it will be interesting to see if anyone bites on this one-of-a-kind property. If you’d like to check this one of a kind property out in person, email me or call me at 323-775-6305!

More info and photos of 1554 Hill Dr.

Listing courtesy of James Beckham, Dilbeck Realtors.

Kelly Wearstler Lists Beverly Hills Mansion


Kelly Wearstler, “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design” (according to The New Yorker) recently listed the Beverly Hills mansion that she owns with property developer/hotelier/husband Brad Korzen. The couple bought the 11,000+ square foot home five years ago for $25 million, and after renovating, remodeling and redecorating the pad, they’re listing it for $46 million.


Wearstler and Korzen hired Los Angeles architect Brian Tichenor to remodel the home. Naturally, Weastler redesigned the interior.


Wearstler’s design aesthetic is certainly not for the timid. She uses lots of everything–colors, patterns, furniture, objects. Sometimes it works for me, and sometimes it makes me feel kind of crazy.


Still, how I miss Kelly Wearstler’s crimped hair and crazy lady hats on Top Design! I really wish Bravo would bring back that show.

(Image Source: Everett Fenton Gidley for Westside Estate Agency)

The Closet That Jimmy Choo Built


Take a peek as Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon shows Harper’s Bazaar’s Derek Blasberg around her Upper East Side penthouse, including her incredible walk-in closet, of course. Tamara’s shoe collection would make any shoe lover weep (1,000+ pairs of designer heels!), but the rest of her home is pretty fancy too.


Tamara owns a lot of art including the six framed snake photographs by Guido Mocafico, an Andy Warhol silkscreen of Grace Kelly, a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting in the kitchen, contemporary Japanese photographs by Nobuyoshi Araki, and more. Tamara bought the penthouse back in 2008, and it was remodeled by LA-based Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Design. “What I like about Martyn is that he can take your look, digest it, and then magnify it by a hundred,” Tamara told Harper’s Bazaar. Check it out…

Image by: Douglas Friedman for Harper’s Bazaar. To read more about Tamara Mellon’s NY penthouse, go here.

8935 Wonderland Avenue In Hollywood Hills


8935 Wonderland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

8 BR, 12 BA

This legendary home in the Hollywood Hills was built in 1942 and features over 50,000 square feet of personal residence and creative space. But during the Cold War between 1947-1969, the residence was Lookout Mountain Air Force Station, where the federal government operated a secret film studio producing classified films for the U.S. Department of Defense and the Atomic Energy Commission. The self-contained filmmaking compound employed 250 people, and covered 2.5 acres of studios, film vaults, production areas, and screening rooms. Since its deactivation, it has become a personal residence.


The incredible and massive home includes several art galleries, theater, sound stage, art and dance studios, gym, library, loft space, office, and much more. The residence is gated and sits on approximately1.4 acres, featuring an enormous motor court, a large free-form pool with waterfall, and spectacular Canyon and Mountain views.

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Candy Spelling’s $150 Million Bel Air Estate


594 S Mapleton Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90024

14 BR, 27 BA

Another day on Take Sunset, another $150 million dollar Bel Air home. Just listed publicly is Candy Spelling’s 56,500 square foot estate in Holmby Hills known simply as The Manor. Built in the early 1980s with late television producing legend Aaron Spelling, The Manor is one of the largest single-family homes in California, and one of five homes in the world that are on the market for $100 million or more, according to Forbes.com.


A winding drive leads up to this French style home, which sits on nearly five acres of land. It offers a large circular motor court and a fountain and space for 100 cars.

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