In 2013, the year after “BoJack Horseman” star Will Arnett split up with his now ex-wife Amy Poehler, the design savvy six-time Emmy nominee shelled out a tad more than $2.85 million for an unremarkable house on three-quarters-of-an-acre tucked into a wooded glade above Coldwater Canyon in the Beverly Hills Post Office area of Los Angeles. (For those who may not be familiar, the BHPO is a vast area in the mountains above Beverly Hills that makes use of the coveted 90210 zip code but is serviced not by the famously fast-responding police and fire departments of Beverly Hills but rather those of the City of Los Angeles.)
Working with architect Suchi Reddy and LivingHomes, a Santa Monica-based design and development firm, the “Arrested Development” star razed the boring old house and custom-built a dynamic, partly prefab residence inspired by the work of late iconoclast architect Ray Kappe that, after being featured and fawned over in Dwell Magazine a couple of years ago, is now up for grabs at almost $11 million.
Secured by huge wooden gates and all but invisible from the street by the lush canopies of mature specimen trees, the steel, glass and dark-stained cedar residence, a fetching jigsaw-like assemblage of stacked volumes, offers five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms in about 4,000 crisply tailored square feet.
A spiky-leafed collection of potted plants sit under a glass and steel open-tread staircase just inside the front door, and the double-height living room is furnished with plush sofas and a trio of glass and metal coffee tables arranged in a fashion that echoes the building’s geometric design. Featuring a long cushioned banquette, the dining area is casually open to the kitchen, which features state-of-the-art equipment and dark-stained oak cabinets with bespoke handles crafted from black walnut.
Beyond the living room, a sunken den’s walls are sheathed in textured paper that resembles concrete, and a discreet second staircase leads to a small sound booth complete with red light over the door to designate usage. The neighboring library/study easily transforms into a deluxe guest bedroom with a built-in Murphy bed, walk-in closet and en suite bathroom, while three average-sized guest bedrooms, one en suite and two with easy access to a shared bath, are efficiently clustered in a wing of their own behind the kitchen. Accessed by the main staircase in the entrance gallery, the penthouse level master suite spills out through a wall of glass to a large deck with dreamy, verdant canyon views.
A secluded, cobblestone-paved courtyard contains a plunge tub, outdoor shower and sauna booth. Other lushly planted areas include a built-in grill and an outdoor fireplace clad in cedar planks, while a series of steel and wood trellises shade a slender deck outside the living room that steps down to an sensationally sited infinity edge swimming pool and spa that look out into and through the surrounding treetops.