Home of the Week: Beautifully Updated 1928 Hancock Park estate

04/18/19  |   Laura Barton

The easy grandeur of California’s Golden Age is treasured and sensitively updated in this majestic Mediterranean estate.

The easy grandeur of California’s Golden Age is treasured and sensitively updated in this majestic Mediterranean estate. The home is located in one of the most desirable enclaves in Los Angeles, Hancock Park, at 511 South Arden Blvd.

All of the public spaces encircle a grand European courtyard, bathing the home in daylight and offering a setting for unparalleled entertaining.

Tall casement windows and doors throughout the home bathe the rooms in natural light. A turreted entry sets the stage with original Malibu tiled floor and staircase, decorative ironwork, and a chandelier hanging from a cupola surrounded by original stained glass windows.

The upper landing, a Juliette balcony, surveys the living room below, offering a close-up view of the meticulously restored hand stenciled cathedral ceiling. Off this grand room are a paneled library and a family room wired for theater sound.

The sweeping formal dining room adjoins a vast, sunny kitchen updated with Miele, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. Hand-painted floors, a breakfast banquette and large windows brighten the ambiance. Broad casement doors open wide to the courtyard with its vine-shaded dining area and sun-washed seating patio. An en suite bedroom completes this level.

Upstairs, the master suite has a charming turreted sitting area and luxuriously appointed bath.

Set in the center of Piedmont, the home is just a few short blocks from the elementary, middle and high schools, the local market, express bus to San Francisco, the casual carpool and the central park. It’s also close to the shops, restaurants, and boutiques of Grand, Lakeshore and Piedmont Avenues.

A second bedroom suite and two more bedrooms sharing an updated Jack & Jill bath are also on the same level. The pool area includes a sleek pool house exquisitely tiled for indoor/outdoor play, with a wet bar and bath. A generous guest house above has a living room, kitchen, dining area, bedroom, bath and laundry.

A private and gated motor court, one-car covered carport, SMART home technology, Lutron multi-camera security, and Sonos wireless home sound system add to the amenities.
Listed by Jill Galloway at $8,399,000, this is a timeless setting for quintessential California living.

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