While Joe Roth is still awaiting a buyer for his sprawling Paul R. Williams-designed mansion in Holmby Hills — on the market since April at a whopping $48 million — the prolific Hollywood producer isn’t sitting idly on the real estate sidelines. Instead, he’s now acquired a smaller but equally posh home, this one in the so-called Flats neighborhood of prime Beverly Hills. As first reported by the Los Angeles Times, Roth paid $23 million for the 1960s midcentury modern.
Originally designed by football star turned architect Dan Dworsky, who also crafted UCLA’s Drake Stadium and L.A.’s Federal Reserve Bank, the property was built in the early ’60s but has since undergone a major overhaul at the hands of celebrity interior designer Waldo Fernandez. Think pared-down, near-featureless minimalist spaces doused with wood accents, paired throughout with floor-to-ceiling walls of glass and clerestory windows for plenty of natural light.
Sited on the best block of one of the best streets in the Flats, the house is tucked away behind gates, on about a half-acre of land and fronted by an expansive motorcourt. A covered courtyard entry abuts a double front door, which opens to reveal just over 5,500 square feet of living space encompassing four bedrooms and six baths. The living and family rooms are spotlighted by an original double-sided fireplace encased in a wood-paneled wall, and there’s a formal dining area overlooking the backyard.
Other highlights include a sleekly “retro-inspired” kitchen sporting a spacious eat-in island and stainless appliances, plus a full wet bar and an attached guest room/office elsewhere on the premises. A sizable master retreat offers a large walk-in closet with built-ins and a spa-like bath; out back, the expansive lawn hosts a patio lounge area with firepit. The large pool and spa are surrounded by concrete patios for sunbathing.
A longtime entertainment executive, Roth was once chairman of both 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney Studios. He’s also the founder and former owner of Revolution Studios, which was sold in 2014 for a reported $250 million. As a producer, he’s brought to life blockbuster films such as “F9,” “Dolittle,” “Maleficent” and “Alice in Wonderland.”