Visit the Loire Valley and you’ll find visually stunning historic châteaux at nearly every turn. In Los Angeles, however, the predominant architectural vernacular tends more toward the Mediterranean and modern.
This Brentwood manor, then, is made all the more alluring and rare by its decidedly French inspiration. In the majestic center hall, which divides the public spaces from the private, the curve of the Gascogne Blue marble stairs is traced by a wrought-iron and bronze railing with an Art Deco influence.
Designed by William Hefner, one of the most renowned architects in Los Angeles, the 5,756-square-foot residence is an exercise in distinction and dedication to ambience.
Every room makes a stylistic statement — from the family room, with its Marmorino Venetian plaster, to the romantic master suite, with its stately fireplace and its luxurious bath.
Each of the home’s numerous fireplaces is finely dressed in 17th- and 18th-century French limestone. Throughout, soaring steel-framed windows and glass doors saturate spaces with glorious light and create a regal framework for views of the idyllic grounds.
In the formal dining room, softly curved corners create subtle drama, augmented by an oversized antique mirror wall panel, an elliptical Ugolino chandelier from Italy’s Lolli e Memmoli, and Cartier French oak floors.
The master bath features custom his and her Calcatta Ondulato marble vanities, an oversized Waterworks tub, and a walk-in shower clad elegantly in Gascogne Blue marble.
Even the chef’s dream kitchen has been impeccably detailed, with handsome wood cabinetry for discreet storage, stainless-steel counters, a custom Bianco Perlino marble range hood, and a Pietra Azzuratta Ajava Blue backsplash. The counters have a thoughtful Parisian touch, edged as they are with the zinc that classically topped neighborhood bars across the City of Light.
The center island cozily seats two. Iron-paned windows and glass doors open to a covered rear porch and facilitate an easy flow between the kitchen and the terrace.
A wall of glass composes the rear façade of the home’s ground level, offering an utterly romantic outlook.
Recalling the finest estate grounds of Old World France, the spacious property encompasses an allée of fruitless olive trees, Japanese maples, oak-leaved hydrangea, roses, lavender, and rosemary topiaries — all framed by handsome walls of stone and stucco and a 40-foot privacy hedge.
From the family room, stunning 12-foot floor-to-ceiling doors with transoms open on to the garden, the rare sunken championship-sized tennis court, and the enticing swimming pool.