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“ONE OF THE GREAT BEAUTIES OF ARCHITECTURE IS THAT EACH TIME IT IS LIKE LIFE STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN” Renzo Piano
The renowned Italian architect has proven this over and over again, with his magnificent buildings commissioned from around the globe. It is not difficult to spot a true architectural gem, as this home on Mulholland Drive perfectly illustrates. This is not just a home as art, but art as home. From the moment you approach the circular driveway and view the visceral drama of the exterior, you know you have found something rare and exciting. Two lots, nearly two acres—lined with sycamore, pine, manzanitas, and eucalyptus trees, the estate is sophisticated and stunning.
That does not mean cold or sterile. The upper level, which houses the massive great room, dining area, and kitchen, is intimate and inviting: stacked stone fireplace blazing with heat, vaulted, open-beamed ceiling, with its many skylights, five double-French doors leading to the covered, full-length deck. The space is meant to be lived in, with tranquility. Just note the koi pond on one end of the property, the zen garden on the other. No need for meditating --- a few minutes in the home is guaranteed to whisk away any stress! The chef’s kitchen is a marvel: extra-large island, light-stone counters with detailed backsplash, double sink, separate freezer and refrigerator. All of the floors in the house are custom hardwood.
Also on the upper level is a bedroom with bath, as well as the master suite, with large windows opening to gorgeous views of the Santa Monica Mountains. The sitting area has an electric fireplace with bench seating and the bathroom is a marble vision, with the soaking tub overlooking the serene zen garden.
The first level is comprised of two more guest bedrooms, both with en suite baths. A family/media room, with custom built-ins and beamed ceiling, leads to another outside deck and grassy yard, with ample room for equestrian facilities as well as a pool. Malibu Creek State Park is only a stone’s throw away, with its endless hiking and biking trails. The property is secluded and private, yet only minutes from the 101 freeway and the Malibu beaches.
When Renzo Piano spoke his memorable words, little did he know that this Mulholland architectural gem was just waiting for the ideal owners to “start life all over again.”