‘Flipping Out’ Star Jeff Lewis Lists Ultra-Luxe Contemporary Villa Above Sunset Strip (EXCLUSIVE)

location: Los Angeles, Calif.
price: $7.95 million
size: 4,334 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms

Real estate investor, home goods entrepreneur and famously, sometimes hilariously autocratic reality TV staple Jeff Lewis’ latest project, a super-luxe contemporary just above L.A.’s Sunset Strip and featured on the most recent seasons of Lewis’ long-running “Flipping Out” series, has hit the market at $7.95 million. The veteran house flipper and interior decorator purchased the hillside property in April 2015 for $2.484 million. It was, actually, the second time Lewis bought the house. In December 2002 he scooped it up for $860,000 and, after a quick and upscale if fairly generic renovation, sold it in September 2003 for $1.75 million. This time around, rather than a standard cosmetic update, Lewis embarked on a modern-minded re-imagination and exacting three-year renovation that transformed the 1920s Spanish residence into a high-caliber, ultra-luxe contemporary villa with three en suite bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms in 4,334-square-feet spread over three floors.
Steel reinforced construction and an almost entirely new foundation with all-new electrical and plumbing systems forms a solid base for the residence that features a secured courtyard entry and staggered, decadently austere limestone exterior façade. Spare but lavish, rigorously tailored interior spaces are granted some welcomed decorative gravitas with reclaimed antique oak floorboards laid in an elegant, always fashionable herringbone pattern and the home’s myriad high-tech accouterment include an automated, art-grade lighting system, a whole-house audio system and a comprehensive security apparatus complete with HD resolution cameras.
A limestone-faced and TV-surmounted minimalist fireplace anchors the living room while a vast expanse of floor-to-ceiling glass panels in the dining area slip into the walls to join the space with a 400-square-foot terrace with fire pit and cross-canyon city-lights view. Beyond the dining area a sleekly somber and somewhat unusually almost entirely black, dual-island kitchen is fitted with premium quality integrated appliances and honed black marble counter tops on matte-finished charcoal-colored cabinetry. A massive, industrial-style skylight floods the limestone-lined stairway with natural light as it winds down to the middle floor where the master bedroom is oriented to take advantage of the view and offers a private patio, fitted walk-in closet and bathroom finished with white marble floor tiles and, in the glassed in steam shower, book matched slabs of black marble. There are two additional guest bedroom suites as well as a snazzy family room and entertainment lounge on the lowest level that includes a mirror-backed bar and walls of glass that slide open to an L-shaped infinity-edge swimming pool and spa accented with glass tiles and a black pebble finish.
The property is listed with Carrie Berkman Lewis at Pacific Union International and Boni Bryant at Compass.
listing photos: Alex Zarour, Virtually Here Studios

  1. Tina Tambiah says:

    Love love love ! Jeff Lewis is a design god. Love watching the start to finish. And yet again, he never disappoints. He may not even realize this, but he inspires us to think differently about our own homes.

  2. Me says:

    Though I do love his show, his design is always 2 years ago. Everyone with a brain is getting out of Dodge (aka California) before it crashes in multiple ways. He may get it sold or not. The engineering will certainly be a concern to a buyer.

    1. Necco says:

      Ugh – the usual garbage. He will kill the soul of any home, with his monotone, rip-the-guts-out lack of talent. TV above the fireplace??? How tacky and lower middle class.
      I do watch his show, but only to laugh – and be amazed by the people who will sell their soul to be on it.

      1. Me says:

        As I said Jeff is at least 2 years behind design. Maybe 5 years. He is like a Yenta Grandma decorating. He schleps that crap from house to house to stage it. Too cheap to pay someone with talent. He gets rid of anyone with talent like Jenni and probably Gage will be gone.

  3. Lynn says:

    I love Jeff Lewis. So talented and anal like me. You know it’s a quality home. I watch his show, which I love. I can get great ideas. I do have a different esthetic than him, but still appreciate what he does. The house looks very masculine. Very dark. I think the house will cater to some young rich Hollywood single guy. Hard to imagine a female liking it. But ya never know.

    1. Big D says:

      I was thinking the exact same thing about only a single guy would want this house with the black kitchen and all the other black throughout. It seems like a very narrow taste level that this would cater to. I mean, I’m a single guy but would not want that kitchen in my house at any price. So good luck Jeff, I guess it only takes one so I hope he is out there because that’s a lot of $ for such a specific aesthetic.

      1. Necco says:

        Being “anal” and “talented” are two different things. Being anal can often destroy the creative talent of others. It’s nothing to brag about.

  4. Cr says:

    The place needs to be staged by a pro stager.
    Take out all that furniture. It’s very distracting.
    The kitchen needs an expert stager.

    1. Jil says:

      Omg the chandelier above the dining room table is horrid. How does that even relate to all the glass windows and open space; (and a cliche rug under the chairs and table.)
      Change it to a traditional large oversized crystal chandelier.
      Take out the living room furnishings and change the design layout with just a few mid beige velveteen pices for texture with an antique large end table.
      Perfect.

  5. mark mccardell says:

    it looks like any other overpriced rehab flip in that general area. The usual buyer is often a single guy because there isnt enuf land for a family with new money. I d say it is somewhat overpriced.

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