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By The Editors

Main photo Courtesy of Nick Springett | Carbon Beach photo by Simon Berlyn

05.21.18

From stunning shorefront estates to cutting-edge hilltop mansions, L.A.’s white-hot real estate market is shining bright.

VIEW MASTER
Perched above the Sunset Strip, The Origami House masters contemporary minimalism with breathtaking views at every fold.

Patrick Fogarty knows that an unrivaled view is L.A.’s ultimate luxury, so when the 28-year-old wunderkind developer nabbed a corner property on Hedges Lane with views that stretch from the Pacific to DTLA, he imagined the sublime. “Because the home is built on a promontory, you see all sides,” Fogarty says. “This is the best location in the city, so the architecture had to make a statement.” Belzberg Architects delivered The Origami House, a 7,000-square-foot, three-level masterpiece consisting of intricate angles that mirror the Japanese art of paper-folding, rendered in cement, steel, glass and Carrara marble. The five-bedroom, 5 ½-bathroom house features frameless glass doors for uninterrupted views, a glass encased 750-bottle wine cellar, a floating staircase leading to the triangulated 1,200-square foot cantilevered master suite and A-list neighbors (such as billionaire investor Peter Thiel). And it can all be yours for a cool $15.9 million. Patrick Fogarty and Tyrone McKillen, Hilton & Hyland, 310.779.2415

SOMETHING BORROWED 
Vesta Home’s new Luxury Leasing service lets you try on furniture and accessories for size.

While no one would blink an eye at renting a residence or leasing a car, leasing high-end furniture and decor has not really been done—until now. Vesta Home, the luxury staging and interior design firm founded by Brett Baer and Jaime Morse, has recently launched its Vesta Luxury Leasing service. “This is not your run-of-the-mill furniture rental,” explains Vesta Home CEO Julian Buckner. “With often more than $200,000 worth of luxury furniture going into each home, Vesta’s service garners a discerning clientele. In one recent instance, a notable royal family employed us to furnish a 35,000-square-foot home it was renting for the week.” While the majority of clients use the service while in town for a short stay, a significant amount prefer a longer-term arrangement. “In cases like that, we will tailor a custom solution that allows them to rent furniture for a longer period and trade it in for a new look after time,” says Buckner. Who doesn’t love options? Prices vary  

Michelle Oliver

READY, SET, SOLD
Beverly Hills Realtor Michelle Oliver has her finger on the pulse of L.A.’s most competitive market.

For Michelle Oliver, estates director for Douglas Elliman’s California office, SoCal style is in the genes. The fashion photographer-turned-real estate agent is the niece of famed architectural photographer Julius Shulman—and has an equally astute eye. After a stint in Manhattan, Oliver returned to L.A. to venture into residential real estate; in a few short years, she was managing North Beverly Park. “I had my first listing at $21,000,000!” she recalls of the record-breaking sale. Today, she admits, that would be a steal. “Americans are wealthier than ever, and we’re seeing bigger prices than ever before.” A keen observer of citywide trends, Oliver is closely watching rezoning efforts, from along the Expo Line to Benedict Canyon. “One of my favorite rezoning projects is a 33-acre plot in Beverly Crest that could be rezoned to allow a hotel and nine luxury estates,” she says. If it’s on Oliver’s radar, it’s a hot spot to watch. 

OPEN AIR 
Gardenhouse, a new residential project that champions indoor-outdoor living, blossoms in Beverly Hills.

“The vision for Gardenhouse is to provide inhabitants with the conveniences of modern city living while offering them a place where they can live in harmony with nature in the middle of the city,” says MAD Architects founder Ma Yansong of his newest residential project, set to open in October. Yasong worked with interior design firm Rottet Studio on the development, which incorporates a vertical green wall (one of the largest living walls in the U.S., designed by Scott Hutcheon) and a reflecting pool. “I wanted to introduce a new model of West Coast living that places residents within the spiritual landscape of nature,” explains Yansong. Comprised of 18 residences—town houses, villas, condominiums and studios—Gardenhouse will also have retail spaces on the ground level. “The windows of each dwelling will open up onto the living wall, giving residents the feeling that they are living in a hillside village rather than in a metropolitan city,” Yansong says. “At the same time, it will serve as a new visual landmark along Wilshire Boulevard, infusing vibrancy and life into the fabric of the community.” Units from $3 million

The living and entertaining areas open to one of SoCal’s most stunning stretches of sand.

SWEPT AWAY 
Natural beauty meets architectural excellence in Malibu.

Malibu’s Carbon Beach (aka Billionaires Beach) is an exclusive stretch of sand that high-net-worth habitués like Kelly Wearstler, Lou Adler, Eli Broad, Peter Morton and Meir Teper have called home... or second home. “The draw is the deep sandy beach and sunset views with Malibu Pier in the distance,” says The Agency’s Sandro Dazzan, who co-listed the property with Branden Williams. “It is located in the heart of Malibu with Nobu and Soho House right down the street, as well as V’s and Malibu Farm nearby.” Properties in this swank enclave are in high demand with Angelenos who want a piece of the idyllic SoCal seaside lifestyle. Number 21830 Pacific Coast Highway is a Malibu modernist that fulfills that fantasy. With 60 feet of uninterrupted beach frontage and unparalleled ocean views from the massive decks, the four-bedroom, five-bathroom house is made for indoor-outdoor living. “World-renowned interior designer Trip Haenisch transformed this home into an absolute paradise, where high ceilings and skylights let in the warm California sun,” Dazzan adds. From its ample living room to its large library, double entry bar and gourmet kitchen, the house was built for endless entertaining and family fun, while the master bedroom suite is a restful retreat with a sunset patio and luxurious bath that celebrate beautiful ocean views. Sandro Dazzan, 424.249.7040 

MODERN MIX
Named after a cork oak tree on-site, Cork House—an architectural masterpiece in the Bird Streets—stands out from other spec homes on the market. “Considering that many European people and tastemakers from all over the world see Los Angeles as a destination and a great place to live, I wanted to create a vibe that reflected this,” says interior designer Mattia Biagi, creative director of architecture and design firm Studio Dardo. “The materials we chose early on, like light teak wood floors, breccia stone, Carrara marble and exposed cement, give the house a very special look—different from others.” Biagi worked with British property investor Brendan Deschamps on the home’s design, which includes vintage pieces (mostly postwar Italian), balanced with modern and sophisticated pieces from Minotti and other high-end design companies. “[We wanted] to create a warm feeling,” Biagi explains, “as if the house had already been lived in and carried some history.” $28 million, Andrew Wilson, Sotheby’s International Realty

EXQUISITE EXPANSION 
Shawmut Design and Construction’s Luxury Homes Division hits the market.

In L.A.’s white-hot luxury real estate market, with its staggering $9.5 million median price point, demand for new construction with bespoke amenities and first-rate finishes continues to drive the market. To the delight of discerning Angelenos, Shawmut Design and Construction—a nationally renowned firm known locally for high-tone projects like Nobu and the Nobu Ryokan Hotel in Malibu, and the Louis Vuitton flagship on Rodeo Drive—launched its Luxury Homes division last summer. The 3 ½-plus decades of experience that this employee-owned firm brings to its A-list clientele allows them access to premium customer service, contractors and materials. “We have structured the company to be a small group so that we can offer personalized service,” says Shawmut CEO Les Hiscoe. “This allows us to provide a touch-and-feel experience.” Some of the amenities that Shawmut’s clients expect are deluxe screening rooms, state-of-the-art recording studios, carport elevators, fortified panic rooms and smart-home technologies. “Clients are building bigger and bigger homes with huge sightlines, which makes them extremely complex projects,” Hiscoe adds. “This necessitates deep pile foundations that require highly technical concrete, so to better control the process we bought a concrete subcontractor.” Done and done.