Luxury Outlook 2022
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
The popular 1990s teen television drama may have made the 90210 U.S. Zip code recognizable to a wide global audience, but long before it was known by the real estate cognoscenti for its luxury and sophistication, and today it remains a signifier one of the world’s most illustrious and sought-after addresses. Tucked behind the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel, this unique estate in that coveted neighborhood is on the market for the first time in three decades and represents a rare opportunity to own a home in these rarefied environs. The distinctive six-bedroom main residence, its 1,850-square-foot guesthouse or studio, and an array of alluring outdoor spaces combine to create an exceptional hideaway that is both contemporary and timeless.
Beverly Hills, California | Lydia Giraldo, Sotheby’s International Realty – Westlake Village Brokerage
The home has an illustrious provenance, devised as it was by esteemed designer Andrea Michaelson. “I believe in counterpoints, and surprise by drawing attention to patina, unexpected details,” Michaelson told Architectural Digest. That reliance is unquestionably on display throughout the residence, which blends sleek edges, industrial lighting, copper-clad doors, and concrete walls, floors, and ceilings with rich, warmly hued woods, ornate wrought iron, and other elements with Old World inflections.
The main residence presents a collection of inimitable spaces for living, lounging, and entertaining that feel both regal and comfortable: a living room with stone tile floors, a fireplace, and a wall of glass admitting a natural glow from the enveloping greenery; an august dining room with doors to a secluded dining courtyard; and a fully stainless-steel-clad chef’s kitchen with professional-caliber appliances, a built-in pizza oven, counter seating, and a striking tiered ceiling that soars to voluminous heights, from which it admits glorious light during the day. Paneled in handsome wood, the office or library offers a remarkable contrast with its traditional inspiration and styling.
Serene simplicity pervades the primary bedroom, which is warmed by a fireplace and gives way through glass doors to the loggia. Its skylit en suite bath is a spa-like retreat with a soaking tub. The guest bedrooms are equally peaceful—each opens to the outdoors, and the baths similarly chic. An upper-level family room is a generous space with both contemporary and classical sensibilities. Glass doors on two sides open to a balcony that runs nearly the length of the home, offering an expansive view of treetops, blue sky, and the sparkling city skyline at night.
Not far off is a distinctly contemporary two-bedroom guesthouse or studio featuring a window-wrapped living area adjoined by a welcoming dining space and a kitchen with its own window wall. One bright, inviting, and spacious upper-level bedroom is filled with light from a wall of glass that accesses a private balcony. The striking shared bath features uniquely textured walls, a modern single-sink vanity, and an open shower.
Outdoors, an emerald lawn and a sunny stone terrace surround the rejuvenating pool and spa, with mature trees affording welcome privacy. The home’s façade is draped with thriving wisteria, and a loggia tucked behind its vines and flowers. This vision brings to mind a villa in the Italian countryside—a destination equally storied and desirable as this one, in the heart of Beverly Hills.