Six Awe-Inspiring Architectural Gems in the City of Angels

  • Josh Myler
  • 12/17/18

It’s no secret our agents represent some of the world’s most awe-inspiring architectural gems; from midcentury modern marvels to sleek contemporary estates. Here’s a look at six stunning Los Angeles residences with enviable architectural pedigrees.

Soaring above the vast Chatsworth reservoir nature preserve on a completely private promontory, this iconic midcentury modern architectural estate, represented by Craig Knizek and Barrie Livingstone, is among the most recognized celebrity homes in America. Built in 1949 by William Perera, it is one of only four homes designed by the master architect. Flooded with natural light and surrounded by glass walls, the home showcases 360-degree panoramic views of the valley and mountain ranges and a seamless indoor-outdoor flow to grassy lawns and a large swimming pool. Set on seven magnificent acres, the estate offers the opportunity to fully realize one’s dream compound, with space for a second home, large guest house, recording studio or equestrian facility.

Set behind gates on one of Trousdale’s most desirable streets, this fully reimagined architectural home, represented by Mauricio Umansky and Baron Steinbrecher, showcases exquisite finishes, an exceptional indoor-outdoor flow and breathtaking city and ocean views. A bold pivot door opens to architecturally inspiring interiors that pay tribute to midcentury design while exuding warmth and sophistication at every turn. A soaring, open great room with a Portoro marble fireplace and dining area is lined with Fleetwood walls of glass that bring gorgeous grounds and far-reaching views to the forefront. Fleetwood pocket doors open to ample grassy lawns, a zero-edge infinity pool with floating spa, cabana and fire feature overlooking breathtaking jetliner views.

Claiming one of the most remarkable homesites in the city, this exquisitely designed architectural in Doheny Estates is nothing short of a masterpiece. Set on just under an acre of land, the 11,780-square-foot residence, represented by Paul Lester, is the product of a four-year planning and design process. An oversized motor court with parking for over 10 cars leads to the incredible main residence, which includes five bedrooms, eight baths, 3,500 square feet of outdoor entertaining decks, and one of the best master suites in the city. Showcasing unrivaled panoramic city-to-ocean views, a magnificent home theater, spectacular infinity pool, day-lit lower level and separate guest house, the home defines the quintessential California lifestyle. 

Designed by famed Los Angeles architect Hal Levitt (known for his masterful designs for the likes of Steven Spielberg, Walter Mirisch and Lew Wasserman), this ultra-private Hollywood Hills home, represented by Josh Myler and Jeff Kohl, is a showpiece of midcentury modern design. The architect’s personal residence from 1964 to 2004, the four-bedroom, five-bath spread is nestled in the coveted celebrity enclave of Outpost Estates. An open and inviting floor plan is perfectly conceived for today’s lifestyle; oversized windows flood the living spaces with natural light, while sliding walls of glass foster a seamless flow to entertainer’s patios and a pool nestled in the hillside.

Tucked away in the coveted architectural enclave of Brentwood’s Crestwood Hills, this iconic midcentury modern residence, built by pioneering California architect A. Quincy Jones, is one of the finest examples of midcentury design in Southern California. Built for the original owners in 1950 and offered for the first time ever, the home’s light-filled interiors retain original period materials and details including exposed posts and beams, vaulted ceilings, concrete block, tongue and groove construction, clerestory windows and glass walls that emphasize light and space. Represented by Max Nelson, the home showcases two expansive, enclosed yards on a flat lot, providing ample opportunity for expansion.

Looking to build your own architectural masterpiece? Sited on three acres in the heart of Brentwood, this incredible development opportunity, represented by Santiago Arana, includes plans and permits to build an incredible, over 18,000-square-foot estate. Commanding front gates open to an impressive, 290-foot private driveway that leads to the stunning contemporary retreat. Awash in natural light, grand-scale living spaces feature soaring ceilings and sliding walls of glass that foster a seamless connection to sweeping terraces and outdoor entertaining areas. Showcasing amazing downtown and canyon views, the estate will include eight bedrooms plus a two-bedroom guest home, gym, movie theater and large pool.

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