Historic Prime Bel Air Estate
LOS ANGELES, California
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5 bed/6.1 bath
Thoughtful restoration of a classic Paul Williams Mediterranean on one of Bel Air's notable streets. Grand scale rooms with an abundance of light flow seamlessly throughout the first floor. Indoor and outdoor galleries as well as numerous patios offer endless possibilities for entertaining. The Chef's kitchen is positioned and designed for large gatherings without compromising the classic floor plan. Tasteful bathroom updates as well as period lighting and finishes are found throughout the residence. The grounds of this gated property are complete with a pool, outdoor bbq area and large flat front and backyards. A motor court and three car garage offers parking for 10+ cars. Classic details and finishes blended with modern conveniences make this one of the most special properties offered in prime Bel Air.
Pool, significant grounds.
WHAT MAKES THIS A BUNGALUX
Glamour ... restored
- • A History Lesson: This house was designed by Paul Williams, one of Southern California's most notable architects. Williams designed the homes of numerous stars including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz, Lon Chaney, and Charles Correll.
- • Williams, an African American, was an outstanding draftsman and perfected the skill of rendering drawings "upside down." This skill was developed so that his clients (who may have been uncomfortable sitting next to a black architect) could see the drawings rendered right side up across the table from him.
- • Some of Williams' most notable buildings include: The redesign of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, the Jet-Age Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles County Courthouse, Shrine Auditorium, and La Concha Motel (Nevada). He also collaborated with A. Quincy Jones on projects in Palm Springs, including the Palm Springs Tennis Club, the Town & Country and Romanoff's on the Rocks.
- • Williams designed over 2,000 private homes, most of which were in Los Angeles. Williams famously remarked upon the bitter irony of the fact that most of the homes he designed, and whose construction he oversaw, were on parcels whose deeds included segregation covenants barring blacks from purchasing them.
- • We love this house in Lower Bel Air because we think the owner has done a great job in the restoration. They didn't try to 2010 it. They kept it as original as possible while creating the perfect house for the modern family's needs. Oh, and like we've said before, we love Copa de Oro. What a nice return address.
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