A stylish souvenir of the glamorous days of 1920s Southern California, this French Normandy-style manor on nearly two acres was designed by prolific area architect Sumner Hunt in 1925, and some records indicate it was once the home of Barrie Chase, one of Fred Astaire’s frequent dance partners.
Restored by renowned designer Thomas Beeton, it is simultaneously grand and consummately livable, bringing tasteful contemporary flair to a home of time-honored dimensions and authentic details—from a winding gravel driveway with iron gates to the artful glass and iron entry doors, surfaces of imported limestone and marble, double crown moldings, and coffered ceilings.
Conjuring the graceful classicism of a bygone era, the residence features a spacious, sophisticated living room with floor-to-ceiling French doors, original herringbone floors, and a stately stone fireplace; a formal dining room that gives way to a glorious glass conservatory and garden terraces; and a grand stairway leading to the four restful bedroom suites.
Beeton’s modern rejuvenation of the home added a new master wing—which includes a sitting area and two elegant baths—as well as a chef’s kitchen with an island, superior appliances, and a windowed breakfast nook. Hidden on the third level is a delightful “secret” attic studio or play space. Perhaps the most thoughtful nod to contemporary living is the home’s well-appointed personal training center.
The estate is a charmed oasis, secluded atop a private hill and lush with fragrant jasmine and canopying grandfather trees.
The grounds are as enchanting as the home itself, with a cutting garden; chic terraces for lounging, dining, and entertaining beside an alfresco fireplace; and a 60-foot lap pool that could serve equal time as a reflecting pool enveloped by emerald lawn.
The handsome two-level pool pavilion—also part of Beeton’s renewal—is an ideal venue for memorable indoor-outdoor entertaining, with a vaulted beamed ceiling, a warming fireplace, and a wet bar.
The acreage is generous and easily accommodates large groups of visitors, with two autonomous guest cottages, garaging for five vehicles, and auxiliary parking for up to 20 cars in its three motor courts.
Offered at: $36,000,000
Location: 255 Ladera Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210