948 N. Orlando Avenue, West Hollywood, CA, 90069
This one-of-a-kind West Hollywood designer compound offers a rare and coveted duality of experiences: the peace and tranquility of your own secret, oasis-like hideaway with the luxury of being situated in the heart of L.A.’s most vibrant, cosmopolitan neighborhood.
Set on a flat, 26,499-square-foot double lot, four structures, totalling over 9,495 square feet of living space, coalesce on lush grounds, forming one warm, cohesive offering. Evoking the romance of early California, the property borrows influences from the pedigreed estates of Montecito, historic missions of Santa Barbara, and impeccably maintained grounds of the Getty Villa while remaining faithful to today’s most exacting standards of design. The result is an entirely private and transportive offering perfectly suited to its location and yet unlike any other residence in the area.
Hidden behind ficus hedges, salvaged wood gates on either side of an expansive motor court lead to four exceptional structures, each arranged to flow seamlessly from one to the next, and finished with smooth adobe plaster and triple-stacked tile roofs that evoke a quintessentially Californian spirit.
To one side, a serene entrance courtyard, crowned by a mature sycamore tree and meditation fountain, leads to a charming, two-story French country cottage with stone walls and barrel vault ceilings. On the opposite side, a grassy yard with a vegetable garden opens to the heart of the home; a soaring, two-story living space replete with towering cathedral ceilings, wide-plank hardwood floors and salvaged wood beams. A sophisticated chef’s kitchen features an eat-in, carrara marble slab island, Sub-Zero refrigerators and copper accents, while a gently undulating staircase with custom brass handrails leads to a voluminous bedroom suite with a Spanish balcony overlooking the grounds below.
Perfectly conceived for the Southern California lifestyle, the residence fosters a harmonious indoor-outdoor flow throughout, with airy breezeways and tranquil, open-air spaces assuming the role of traditional hallways, infusing the living experience with the romance of the grounds that surround. Custom steel-framed glass doors blur the distinction between inside and out, while an airy walkway provides access to the phenomenal master suite, replete with dual showroom closets and an elegant bathroom with a copper soaking tub and oversized shower that opens to a tranquil meditation fountain.
A 1920s-inspired fitness center showcases frosted glass mirrors, antique stadium seating and a period-appropriate bathroom with subway tile, while a plush lower level boasts a state-of-the-art, Moroccan-influenced theatre, complete with an unprecedented, restaurant-caliber bar and lounge. A voluminous upper level is perfectly conceived for a guest suite, office or creative space, with a large terrace overlooking the Hollywood Hills in the distance. Seamlessly connected to the pool and grounds through a series of open archways is a luxury cabana, game room and fully-equipped guest house.
The residence boasts the best of both worlds: each structure serves as an experience unto itself, filled with intimate moments and quiet spaces that offer endless opportunity to relax and recharge in privacy and seclusion, while the property’s gracious design fosters an organic flow from one living space to the next, resulting in a feeling of warmth and connection.
Beautifully landscaped grounds, masterfully designed by Christine London, are equally suited for elaborate events and quiet moments of reflection, with several distinctive spaces offering their own unique appeal. Manicured hedges encircle the property, while vibrant bouganvilla and lavender bushes add bursts of color throughout. An expansive, grassy lawn surrounds a large pool and spa with striking fire features, while citrus, pepper, portocopus and cypress trees abound. Immersed in a grove of imported olive trees, a tranquil al fresco dining area is illuminated by gas lanterns that evoke a romantic twilight glow, while four fountains, a full summer kitchen, built-in sound system, and custom, professional skate park add to the uniqueness of the offering.
Once behind the property’s gates, you feel as if you’re in a world of your own; only the sun-kissed Hollywood Hills on the horizon, and at dusk, the warm glow of a storied neon sign in the distance, serve as reminders that you are, in fact, living in the heart of Los Angeles—just moments from the city’s best shops, restaurants, galleries and entertainment. This is West Hollywood as few will ever experience it.
*9,495 sf total is based on all four structures combined**