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Real Estate & Architecture in Los Angeles

Frank Gehry’s Schnabel House In Brentwood

In 2006, Jon Platt, Tony Award-winning producer of “Angels in America” and the about-to-open “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 with Gehry. The home is one of Gehry’s last single family residences.

336 Adelaide Drive In Santa Monica

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.

21644 Pacific Coast Highway In Malibu

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…

757 Kingman Avenue In Santa Monica

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.

1554 Hill Drive In Eagle Rock

This tudor style home in Eagle Rock known as Chateau Emanuel looks like it came straight out of a fairytale. Built in 1925, the last time the 4 bedroom, 6 bath home was on the market was in 1965. The residence has undergone numerous quality upgrades and is nestled on three acres of pristine land. It features three guesthouses totaling an additional 3,000 square feet of space, five bedrooms, and six baths!

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.

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. Obviously, her shoe collection would make any shoe lover weep, but the rest of her home is pretty fancy too. It includes lots of art, like the six framed images of snakes by photographer Guido Mocafico, Andy Warhol silkscreen of Grace Kelly, a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting in the kitchen…

8935 Wonderland Avenue In Hollywood Hills

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, massive home includes several art galleries, theater, sound stage, art and dance studios, gym, library, loft space, office, and much more.

Candy Spelling’s $150 Million Bel Air Estate

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.

2261 Hercules Drive In Hollywood Hills

This incredible 4,057 square foot architectural home sits on a prime Hollywood Hills gated lot with amazing city lights views. It provides 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 baths, a media room, and a dining room that opens to the saltwater pool and spa. There are stunning high end finishes throughout, including Ann Sachs and Walker Zanger tile, stainless steel appliances, dual Fisher & Paykel dishwashers, and dark hardwood floors.