L.A. Story: Six Sleek Contemporary Homes in Los Angeles

The line between architecture and art is rarely blurrier than in these striking contemporary homes, whose designs are clean, strong, bold, and timeless.

Airy Ocean-View Escape

An open floor plan with a seamless indoor-outdoor flow makes this six-bedroom contemporary home ideal for entertaining. Soaring ceilings, white oak floors, and a striking floating staircase contribute to the sleek, sophisticated style that pervades the impeccably outfitted kitchen, the spacious living area, a lower-level billiards room with a bar, and the home theater. Outdoor enjoyment is easy thanks to a sundeck and patio, a spectacular pool and spa, and a rooftop deck with a bar, fire pit, hot tub, and panoramic views.

Offered at: $7,295,000
Location: 1101 Kagawa Street, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272


Rivas Canyon Retreat

Crisp lines and walls of sunlight-admitting glass distinguish this magnificent modern five-bedroom retreat enveloped by mature trees in Rivas Canyon. Richly hued floors of century-old reclaimed oak, matte plaster walls, and surfaces of book-matched marble create striking contrasts and the perfect environment for displaying art. Fleetwood doors allow for an easy flow between the vast entertaining spaces and the inviting deck and lush lawn. Horses are welcome here.

Offered at: $9,495,000
Location: 921 Rivas Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272


Award Winner in Beverly Hills

Brilliant natural light enlivens nearly every space of this award-winning multilevel home in Beverly Hills. Designed by Shubin Donaldson in 2010, it boasts an atrium entryway, a living room with soaring ceilings, a chef’s kitchen with Viking appliances, a den, a library, an office, a grand master suite, a gym and yoga studio, a media and billiards room, a wine cellar, and a waterfall-fed pool and spa. Brazilian cherrywood, floor-to-ceiling windows, and exquisite use of stone and tile contribute to the singular sense of style.

Offered at: $12,500,000
Location: 700 Walden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Stunning Style and Views

Innovative design, timeless comfort, and truly breathtaking views meet in this seven-bedroom architectural showpiece in Bel Air, where sliding Fleetwood doors blur the line between indoors and out, making the vista part of the living experience. Highlights include a chef’s kitchen, a home theater, a bar and wine room, a sauna, and a five-car gallery garage. The gated grounds include a lush lawn, a waterfall, an outdoor kitchen and lounge, and a stunning infinity-edge pool and spa with a swim-up bar.

Offered at: $16,900,000
Location: 931 Linda Flora Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049


High Style in the Hollywood Hills

Strikingly sleek, this 9,997-square-foot contemporary home near the Sunset Strip has a wonderful open-plan layout that spreads elegantly across multiple levels and is filled with glorious airy light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and pocket doors. Highlights include five serene bedrooms and 10 baths, a seductive array of indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, a state-of-the-art Bulthaup kitchen, a wine and tequila cellar, a home theater, and a unique glass-enveloped swimming pool with a vista of the city skyline.

Offered at: $25,950,000
Location: 8854 Thrasher Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069


La Jolla Luxury

With a light-filled open floor plan, high ceilings, and a state-of-the-art smart home system, this eye-catching 5,544-square-foot residence—conceived by interior designer Michele Bohbot—sets the new standard for luxurious contemporary living and entertaining in La Jolla. Fleetwood doors offer access from the chic living areas, the superior kitchen, and the five serene bedrooms to numerous balconies, covered and open-air patios, a refreshing swimming pool, and a rooftop deck with a built-in grill.

Offered at: $4,495,000
Location: 401 South La Jolla Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90048



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