Why live in a boring ol’ rectangular house when you could party away your days in a shiny round, disco ball-like residence instead? One that towers four stories tall and is topped by a big gray cube, no less. Perhaps that’s what Platform.sh cofounder and CEO Fred Plais was thinking when he picked up this idiosyncratic home tucked away in the sought-after Silver Strand enclave of Marina del Rey.
Records show the France-born tech entrepreneur paid $3.6 million for the geometrically unique dwelling, which was originally listed for $3.85 million. Built in the late 1980s and recently “refreshed and renovated,” per the listing, the quirky glass and steel structure features three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths in nearly 4,500 square feet of living space.
There are French oak floors and LED lights throughout, complemented by skylights, windows and glass blocks providing an abundance of natural light. An elevator also travels to all four levels, and elsewhere is a four-car garage finished with new epoxy floors and a laundry area.
Highlights include a ground-level bonus room geared toward entertaining, complete with a wet bar and three sets of glass doors spilling out to a patio. The main level hosts a living room resting beneath a soaring 22-foot ceiling, and a formal dining room that connects to a gourmet kitchen outfitted with a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, high-end Thermador appliances, quartz countertops and an eat-in peninsula.
An airy mezzanine atop the main floor is ideal for a casual den or sitting room; and the fourth floor accommodates all of the bedrooms, including a spacious master retreat boasting a duo of custom walk-in closets, private terrace and glam porcelain-tiled fireplace. A marble-clad bath holds dual vanities, a soaking tub, large walk-in shower and separate enclosed toilets.
Though the grounds are compact, spanning just 0.07 acres, an expansive roof deck is the perfect spot for relaxing amid sweeping ocean, canal, mountain and city lights views. An added bonus: The place is just steps from the 16-acre Ballona Lagoon wetlands preserve and a short walk to the beach via the Lighthouse pedestrian bridge.