Ray Kappe, F.A.I.A.
The Scheimer Residence
Manhattan Beach, CA
The sculpted, stainless steel door, a work of art on its own, pivots on its axis, inviting guests into this 5200-square-foot, concrete, steel and glass Ray Kappe designed house on Manhattan Beach's world-famous Strand, inches from the sand and sea.
A three-story atrium, paneled in teak, is filled with exotic plants. A floating staircase, with glass steps leads to the media room, three bed-rooms, six baths and a pool deck. For the less athletic, there is an elevator.
Located on a northern corner and cradled in the curve of the coastline, the house commands a Queen's Necklace view that extends from the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina to the south, and north
Lloyd Wright, Architect
Alfred Newman Estate
Pacific Palisades, CA
First offering since 1948: The historic Alfred Newman Estate with original residence by architect Lloyd Wright.
Here, contiguous to Rustic Creek, this astonishing 2.6 plus acre property with a natural spring for irrigation sweeps into the old Dallugge avocado grove providing ample room for horses, stables, corral, riding arena, & a broad playing field. Wright sited the residence above to provide commanding views of the sylvan country setting.
A family residence, but also designed for entertaining, and regular evening musical concerts. Residence includes: open plan entertainment areas, 6 bedrooms, 5 baths, den, laundry and wine cellar. Wright's site plan also
Eric Daniel-Lacombe, Architect
Contemporary House near Paris
Located in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Seine, in the heart of Ile Saint Germain and close to its 18 ha departmental park, this contemporary villa offers a unique quality of life 15 minutes from the center of Paris. Designed in 2007 by architect Eric Daniel-Lacombe, the "Chocolate House" is a building remarquable by its architecture but also by its comfort of life. With a living area of 8094 sq ft on three main levels, it offers a generous family distribution. Its lounge and dining room, with an area of more than 1291 sq ft, open wide on the terrace, the pool, the garden and a private dock on the Seine river. They are also four bedrooms with their bathroom or shower
John Lautner, F.A.I.A.
The Reiner-Burchill Residence, 1957-1976
Los Angeles, CA
Silvertop is to Los Angeles’ residential architecture as Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal is to New York City. Beyond function, both are beacons projecting the peak of America’s optimism, and the creative strength of a period grounded in a strong faith in future possibility. They are the real-life experiments in the Tomorrowland promised by Walt Disney. At Silvertop today, the bright Tomorrowland of yesteryear still resonates. The veracity of its original concept has stood the test of time. As a place to live it’s sublime.
Guest House includes:
Open plan Living/Dining Area
Wallace Neff, Architect
Historic Libbey Ranch, 1923
Historic Libbey Ranch, 1923. Wallace Neff, architect, with later alterations and outbuildings by Austen Pierpont. The romance of the Arbolada is alive and well at the Libbey Ranch. Here industrialist Edmund Drummond Libbey reserved the finest oaken lands of the Arbolada for his ranch/estate. Pierpont's French Country additions merge comfortably with the award winning Spanish Colonial architecture of Neff's stables. Recent restorations and interior design by Kathryn M. Ireland result in a picturesque and timeless 7+ acre country estate that affords one of the last authentic statements of early "California Lifestyle." Main residence includes: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, heavy-beamed great
Harrie T. Lindeberg, Architect
Historic Brick Manor
Commanding the highest point in Greenwich, this venerable English-inspired manor of historic distinction embraces the coveted seclusion of four-plus spectacular acres on a private backcountry road. Introduced by a formal brick and cobblestone inlaid walled courtyard, the impressive 5,600+SF residence is distinguished by its sophisticated floor plan, handsome Holland brick façade with leaded casement windows and Ludowici tile roof. The residence was completely restored in 2005 maintaining the splendor, purity and refinement of original 1930s-era design by Harrie T. Lindeberg, one of the 20th century's most prominent architects renowned for his remarkable country houses. Beautifully
Ladd & Kelsey, Architects
The Von Hagen Residence, 1975
The Von Hagen Residence, 1975. From this mountaintop vantage above Malibu one surveys the world like an Olympic God, but instead of the Mediterranean, the Pacific is below. Everything lies below: The Santa Monica Bay, Century City, Downtown L.A., Palos Verdes, Orange County, the Simi Hills and the San Fernando Valley. The 13 acre site includes 6 parcels for future development. A long gated private drive ascends through park-like grounds to Ladd & Kelsey's classic modern villa comprising 4 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, den, study, and attached carport. Additional amenities include a modern utility barn big enough to house a large audience screening room & a not quite Olympic sized pool.
The Lawrence Residence, 1983-2004
Hermosa Beach, CA
Thom Mayne & Michael Rotondi, Architects
Harris Revisions: Daly, Genik, Architects
A rigorous post-modern approach to the design of this celebrated landmark of modern beach living has honed a structure strikingly apart from, yet correct for its beach city context. The resulting program triumphs with solutions over challenges posed by dense urbanism, and seaside entropy.
From the imposing three story entry, an elevator whisks one to the top floor where space, light and air are the hallmarks of living and dining areas surrounded by panoramic vistas dominated by the beach and ocean. There is a natural flow to the kitchen, and out to a garden roof
The Renard Residence, 2003
Los Angeles, CA
Of the premier properties in the Hollywood Hills, few benefit from the spiritual gifts of the native hillside environment. Most of even the costliest properties such as those found on the "Bird Streets" are flat pads artificially cut out of the slope, and arrayed cheek by jowl to capture a commanding view. These properties follow the Western Tradition reflecting man's desire for power and control over nature. For the most part, the romantic California ideal of the house set within the garden is lost. In contrast, the Renard Residence follows the Eastern Tradition of living within nature not apart. Every element of the architecture is informed by the surrounding two acres of