Offered at: $3,295,000
IT’S RARE WHEN Hollywoodâ€™s magic mixes with Hancock Parkâ€™s elegance. This residence delivers that confluence. A magnesite two-story entry with wall sconces, a chandelier, and a sweeping staircase with iron railings sets the stage for what this home is all about.
A step-down living room shows the first evidence of the houseâ€™s richly-stained, gleaming oak floors. Above is a vaulted ceiling with intricately-stenciled wood beams. Leaded-glass windows and French doors blast this room with daylight, while chic sconces and recessed lighting do their job at night. A newly-built gas fireplace adds ambiance. Bookcases on two ends of the room act as additional focal points. In a literal reference to Old Hollywood, the living roomâ€™s valences and curtains (which are also in most rooms) are based on original designs by superstar decorator, William Haines. A restful interior courtyard with a Chinese Elm is accessible from this room.
The homeâ€™s dining room is spacious enough for holiday dinners, but warm enough for daily use. It is wrapped in hand-painted silk wallpaper from de Gournay and features a striking chandelier and period wall sconces. Directly off of the dining room is a classic butlerâ€™s pantry with floor-to-ceiling storage and beverage refrigeration.
Preparing and serving meals is easy in this residence. The chefâ€™s kitchenâ€”perfectly-placed in the homeâ€™s layoutâ€”has floor-to-ceiling custom cabinetry, a porcelain farmhouse sink, subway tile, stone counters, and high-end stainless-steel appliances. An adjacent breakfast room makes informal dining easy. Also adjacent: A maidâ€™s suite (with side entrance) and separate laundry/bonus room (featuring side-by-side full-sized washer and dryer) offer the ultimate in functionality.
An opulent den/library has a built-in desk (this a great room for an office), walls of bookcases, and its own fireplace.
The houseâ€™s media room has another built-in desk, bookshelves, audio/visual cabinets, built-in speakers, and French doors to outdoor entertaining areas.
Upstairs are three bedrooms (in addition to the downstairs maidâ€™s suite) including the master suite with dual walk-in wardrobes, custom built-ins, and spa-quality bathroom with separate tub and step-in shower. Two spacious guest rooms have with custom-built vanities and access to a Jack’n’Jill bathroom. One of these rooms has a charming window seat; the other, an outdoor balcony over-looking the backyard.
And speaking of the great outdoors, a lot of this propertyâ€™s magic happens outside of its main house. A lushly-landscaped lot showcases mature trees and shrubs including orange, lemon, lime, and olive. A large blackberry bush offers a summer bounty annually.
The homeâ€™s pool and spa are both electric and solar heated and are lined in custom ceramic tiles handmade in California by Heath Ceramics. The pool design was modeled after how pools were constructed at the time the house was built (circa 1929).
The backyardâ€™s custom-built barbeque makes grilling a weeklyâ€”if not nightlyâ€”occurrence.
BONUS ALERT: A two-story pool house with loft sleeping area take this residenceâ€™s usefulness to another level. The bonus space has built-in media cabinets, refrigerator, and two walls of folding doors to bring the outside in.
The neighborhood – populated by historical 1920s Spanish, Colonial, Tutor, and Storybook mansions and bordering the Wilshire Country Club – is a safe and quiet area that’s a joy to explore on foot. No parking restrictions on the block.
The house is walking-distance from Larchmont Village as well as the LaBrea and Melrose antiques districts. L.A. favorites such as Sycamore Kitchen, chi SPACCA, and Mozza are “right there.”
The property is centrally-located with a 20-minute drive to either Downtown or Burbank, 15-minutes to Beverly Hills, and 10-minutes to LACMA.