Featured in Metropolitan Home (May 2006), this mid-century modern residence is a secluded, Zen retreat just five minutes from the Beverly Hills Hotel – and ten minutes from Sherman Oaks. Completely updated and redefined by award-winning architectural firm Callas-Shortridge, the residence is nestled in a private wooded bluff behind an electrical gate above Sunset Boulevard. This modernized 1959 California Ranch Home includes many architectural elements unveiled from the entrance of the home with a reflecting pool lined in blue tile through a courtyard featuring a natural amphitheater harbored by tall palms.
This retreat creates perfect indoor outdoor tranquility. Next generation materials with hues and tones that are warm, polished, and inviting are seen throughout. The renovations includes a black-bamboo entrance courtyard with fountain, a curved above-ground black-bottomed pool, three steel fire-places and a luxurious master suite with walk-in closet, sauna and a separate shower/bathtub area that can be transformed into an outdoor room via a sliding glass panel.
A plethora of floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, as well as remote controlled-skylights, provide an abundance of light and tranquility. Perfect for entertaining – from cocktail parties to full-scale dinner parties – the open-plan kitchen boasts a large cooking island, two sinks, Miele electrical appliances (including an inbuilt coffee system), a Gaggenau stove and a subzero refrigerator. A separate gas grill outside the kitchen provides additional culinary flexibility.
A large-scale living-room with cathedral-ceilings is the ideal acoustical setting for a custom music system and a Bosendorfer baby grand piano. Design buffs will appreciate Carole Katleman’s chic yet comfortable interiors accented with vintage furniture by William Haines, Gio Ponti and Charles Hollis Jones. In addition to two large bedrooms (one of which is currently utilized as a fully equipped office suite with its own private bathroom), the residence also contains a third smaller bedroom, a powder room and a carport. Of special note is an ample amount of built-in storage – closets, drawers and cabinets – throughout. The residence is secluded and nestled into the canyon, set back from the street up a steep incline for a perfect setting. This mid-century modern haven is sure to create a serene-relaxing environment for discerning guest.