This is Estate of Play, a monthly rundown (with pictures!) of seven of the most architecturally significant properties currently for sale in Los Angeles.
The Beverly House
Big and pink like the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Beverly House was William Randolph Heart’s L.A. homestead. Famous for the horse-head scene in The Godfather, the 55,000-square-foot palace has 28 bedrooms, two pools, tennis courts and six distinct buildings — a state-of-the-art spa among them. The compound was also JFK’s West Coast headquarters.
Listing: Mauricio Umanski, The Agency
Yellow Hill Retreat
Thirty-two acres on a Malibu hilltop overlooking the Pacific? You can’t beat that. Add a window-wrapped contemporary home that comes with a pool and a 20-car garage, and you’re sitting pretty.
Listing: Mimi McCormick, Katie Bentzen and Sarah Kosasky, Partners Trust
Don’t let the log cabin walls fool you. This Rustic Canyon manse is a modern masterpiece throughout. The dining area has floor-to-ceiling windows that retract for an open-air dining experience, and the lighting fixtures, furniture and automated features make this home quite intelligent, despite its elegant marriage with the natural surroundings.
Listing: Hugh Evans, III, Partners Trust
Frank Gehry Remix
Frank Gehry redesigned this classic Rustic Canyon manse with a metal atrium, Japanese tub and natural-lit corridors. Inside, a mix of materials — carrara, tin, brass, brick and wood — give it an eclectic feel.
Listing: Elizabeth Holsted
Decadent French Moroccan
The couple behind American Rag and Maison Midi are selling their French Moroccan mansion. Tucked in the hills by Griffith Park, the well-styled home comes with a pool, putting green and speakeasy.
Listing: Katrina Webb, Nick Segal and Rick Ojeda, Partners Trust
Eastern Columbia PH 1210
The Eastern Columbia building garnered some hype last year when Johnny Depp sold a set of lofts he owned there. The iconic limestone green building is in the same ‘hood as The Ace Hotel, and this capacious loft gets a ton of natural light when the electronic shades are up. Viking appliances and a robust center island also make this spot a gourmet’s dream.
Listing: Brian Cooper, The Loft Expert Group, Keller Williams Realty
The Grassie House
This 1913 craftsman home at the foot of the San Gabriels has been fully restored but still has the weight of a house built when things were made to last. The stonework, old-growth wood and details will last for another 100 years. The style will, too.
Listing: Dhari Thein, Podley Properties