Last fall, this perfectly preserved modernist home in Beverly Hills popped up for sale. Never before on the market and offered at a lofty $12 million, the crescent-shaped home was built in 1971 and packs in all the best design hallmarks of that kitschy decade — features that are somewhat of a rarity in the Trousdale Estates tract, where many of the original homes are boxier midcentury structures developed in the 1950s and early ’60s.
Despite glowing publicity and ample drooling from seventies design aficionados, the house never sold. But now it’s back, with a whole new crop of listing photos, some new furnishings and a newly improved price tag, which has been slashed to $11.2 million.
Located at 1650 Carla Ridge, and recently used as a showroom by design gallery The Future Perfect, the house unsurprisingly sits on a ridgeline lot with commanding city lights views. Designed by acclaimed architect Raul F. Garduno, the more than 5,000-square-foot structure features four bedrooms and four baths, plus two levels of living space and a four-car garage. Those latter amenities are a rarity in Trousdale, where most homes are single-story, with garages holding no more than two vehicles.
That partially subterranean lower level is currently outfitted as a lounge, but could also easily become a large office, gym or children’s playroom. Upstairs, the main level boasts period-correct ochre-colored carpet, stacked-stone fireplaces and multiple glass sliders opening to the backyard. Also on tap are an alcove with a stylish indoor garden, a skylight-topped kitchen and a bevy of wood-paneled ceilings, track lighting and walnut cabinetry.
Equipped with a funky Roman-style tub and a sizable sitting area, the master suite has backyard and city views. Besides the three additional bedrooms, other amenities include a classic sunken living room, a breakfast nook and media room with its original cork wall covering. Out back, the grassy yard sports patios for lounging or dining, an outdoor fireplace, built-in BBQ and a delicately curved pool that playfully mimics the home’s roofline.
Trousdale Estates, one of the most desirable neighborhood pockets in Beverly Hills, has long been famed for its many midcentury modern homes, though the area is now also littered with numerous contemporary mansions. Sadly, that means this house could be in danger of becoming another teardown statistic, or perhaps the victim of a major contemporary remodel. Here at Dirt, we hope this place finds that rare buyer who will appreciate one of the fast-disappearing remnants of a classic era in its current form.
Joseph Cilic of Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing.