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232 S. Rimpau Blvd., Hancock Park

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By Maile Pingel

232 S. Rimpau Blvd. photo by Daniel Dahler | 2530 Astral Drive photo by Anthony Barsollo | 31824 Seafield Drive photo by Jason Christopher

09.17.18

From celebrated midcentury estates to new builds and even a billion-dollar hilltop, Los Angeles offers homebuyers jaw-dropping versatility.

232 S. Rimpau Blvd., Hancock Park
Just last year, architect Paul Williams was posthumously awarded the AIA’s highest honor, the Gold Medal, for his venerated style—a look quintessentially expressed in this 1966 home that has come on the market for the very first time. Situated on a cul-de-sac and overlooking the Wilshire Country Club, the house bears all the hallmarks of a classic Williams design: lacquered double doors that lead from the driveway to a courtyard, a spiral staircase at the entrance and generously proportioned rooms with original wood paneling and fireplaces. The 5,110-square-foot, five-bedroom home was restored with architect and designer Tim Morrison and also features formal gardens. It is listed with Denise Hamilton and Joyce Rey for $8,250,000.

702 N. Doheny Drive, West Hollywood
Located steps from the Pacific Design Center and a few blocks from Soho House, The Harland is a boutique condo complex designed by R&A Architecture + Design, with interiors by Marmol Radziner. Its 37 units range from one-bedroom flats to three-bedroom, 3,100-square-foot townhomes with double-height great rooms. Penthouse homes, as well as several townhomes, include rooftop terraces with pergolas and outdoor kitchens. Luxuriously appointed interiors feature Poliform kitchens with Miele appliances, walnut cabinetry and Calacatta marble counters. The building’s amenities include an entertainment lounge and bar, a bowling alley, a private dining room and kitchen, a screening room, a fitness center and a yoga studio. The property will be completed late this year and is listed with Douglas Elliman Development Marketing. Units start at about $2 million. 

2530 Astral Drive, Hollywood Hills

2530 Astral Drive, Hollywood Hills
“The original owners of the house, the Johnsons, were friends with Don Hensman, so he designed the house for them as a wedding present,” says Realtor Steve Frankel of the three-bedroom 1962 Buff & Hensman home he has listed for $4,375,000. Nestled in the hills just west of Runyon Canyon, the gated home—a classic post and beam—was lovingly restored and expanded by its current owners, a European couple who hired German architect Jan Flammersfeld to enlarge the kitchen and add a lower-level suite. “It all pays homage to the original architecture, but is updated for today,” adds Frankel. No one would guess the now 2,700-square-foot home was once just 1,500. Even the new pool looks period.

10777 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
Rather than going the familiar high-rise route of the Wilshire Corridor, developer Palisades commissioned architecture firm Gruen Associates and interior designer Jamie Bush for an understated, seven-story structure emphasizing natural materials. The Liddel features 56 units with flexible layouts and outdoor spaces, and includes eight penthouses that offer up to 2,700 square feet. (Prices range from $1.228 to $4.228 million.) Bush designed the public spaces, like a private club, to reflect his refined but laid-back style. “For years, developers thought fancy marble and polished woods were enough to appeal to a high-end clientele,” says Bush. “But, now, a more savvy customer exits—one who understands considered spaces.” Amenities include a lobby lounge and terrace, a clubroom with a bar, a catering kitchen, private dining areas (including a wine room), a den, a fitness studio, a rooftop terrace, a valet and the full spectrum of concierge services. 

31824 Seafield Drive, Malibu

31824 Seafield Drive, Malibu
When Cindy Landon decided to leave the longtime Malibu home she shared with her late husband, Hollywood icon Michael Landon, she commissioned architect Doug Burdge and builder Scott Halley for a new home inspired by the south of France. The 6,904-square-foot house overlooks Lechuza Beach and features expansive living spaces; five bedrooms, including a top-floor master suite with an infrared sauna; a chef’s kitchen; and a lower-level media room with a wet bar, wine cellar and humidor. Outdoor spaces include a Zen garden with a koi pond and gazebo. So why is this house for sale? In the end, Cindy couldn’t part with her old family home. The $18 million property is listed with her son, Realtor Sean Landon.

Tower Grove Drive, Beverly Hills
The possibilities are nearly as limitless as the view for this record-breaking $1 billion property, listed with Aaron Kirman, president of Pacific Union International, Estates Division. Located off of Benedict Canyon and notable as the highest altitude in the 90210 ZIP code, the hilltop property, dubbed The Mountain of Beverly Hills, is just a five-minute drive to the Beverly Hills Hotel. The 157-acre tract (for scale, Disneyland is a mere 85 acres) is already approved for the three 500,000-square-foot structures. And that still leaves space for helipads, a polo field, an Olympic-size pool or anything else its new owner might imagine. Already in place are a landscaped sculpture court and a custom 16- by 30-foot security gate.