$49,950,000 | Built 1930 | 16,439 Sq. Ft. | 5 Beds | 8 Baths | 3.01 Acres
Set behind private gates on just over 3 acres, this impressive American English property unfolds offering more than 16,000 square feet under roof. The amenity-packed and architecturally mesmerizing estate has been reduced to $49.9 million. Made up of several structures, including the 8,700 square foot main house and a 5,700 square foot tennis court building, the property offers numerous options to enjoy everyday life or grand-scale entertaining. According to Robb Report, homeowners, investor Bruce Karsh and his wife, Martha, commissioned renowned interior designer Michael S. Smith to revamp the interiors. In 2008, Barack and Michelle Obama appointed Smith to redecorate the residential quarters of the White House. In February 2010, President Obama appointed him a member of the Committee for the Preservation of the White House and in August 2010 his makeover of the Oval Office was revealed. Robb Report reported, “People often hire a designer and they just want to come back when the house is all installed,” says Linda May of Hilton & Hyland, who is co-listing the estate with Joe Cilic of Sotheby’s International Realty. “That isn’t this couple. They wanted to be part of every aspect of the vision of this house. They loved collaborating with Michael and being in his world.”
Published in Smith’s book The Curated House, as well as Architectural Digest, the residence showcases beamed ceilings, a gracious formal living room with original Georgian plaster fretwork ceiling and antique limestone fireplace, a captivating salon/office with green glazed millwork paneling, gentleman’s library wing with coffered ceiling and waxed pine panelling, a formal dining room with striking Zuber panoramic mural wallpaper and a light-filled kitchen opening to an octagonal breakfast room. Many of the formal rooms include French doors opening to expansive terraces. The impressive grounds were designed by Christine London and include mature towering trees and perennials, expansive lawns for entertaining, a heated gazebo for alfresco dining, gravel and limestone pathways and a majestic four-season planting array. All of the outbuildings on the property were designed by AD 100 architect Oscar Shamamian and include a two-storey guest house, a stone & glass conservatory, an elegant swimming pool flanked by a pool house and pool pavilion and a championship lighted tennis court with loggia and a 5,725 square foot tennis court building. The building is currently outfitted with a theatre, lounge with bar, billiards room, office recording studio and golf simulation room. There’s no doubt that this is a rare and special estate in proximity to Downtown Los Angeles. The property is co-listed for $49.9 million with Linda May of Hilton & Hyland and Joseph Cilic of Sotheby’s International Realty. Photography and information found on agent’s listing.