Luxury Hollywood Hills Estate with Jetliner Views

Motor CourtInfinity PoolLiving RoomDining RoomCountry KitchenEntry HallMaster BathMaster Bedroom
Hollywood Hills, CA 90068

Overview

Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.5
Sleeps 7
No rental rates available - please contact the owner
Type: Home
Description of the Hollywood Hills vacation home rental
Los Angeles Times Home of the Week in 2009, this is a trophy house. Completed in 2007 on a rare undeveloped knoll in The Oaks of Los Feliz, and commanding the panorama from the Observatory to the ocean, this is the house that lets you know you have arrived. Drive through the massive gate worthy of Montecito, into a motor court for several cars, and enter the world of La Serena.

La Serena is the latest from Offenhauser/Mekeel Architects, creating an authentic microregionalist masterpiece with every tile, door knob, window, and cabinet made to the standards of 1930’s Spanish craft and design. Outdoors the broad lawn, vibrant bougainvillea and the gleaming blue sheen of a 3 sided infinity edge pool stretch across the panorama.

Step inside, your breath is taken away by a panorama centered on Downtown. Turn right, a panorama of Hollywood, Century City, and the ocean. Upstairs, you see vignettes of the Hollywood sign and the Observatory. It seems as if some giant arranged the City itself for classic Hollywood movie shots here-- not that the house was built to capture these jaw-dropping views.

The ground floor spaces are sweeping, with a massive open living room and dining room, and a kitchen combined with a comfortable breakfast room and den. In a pioneering kitchen design, the room feels like a sitting room with fine furniture. Most of the storage is tucked behind doors in two large pantries, so finally a kitchen be a room that is lived in, rather than being a cabinet showroom.

Upstairs are two wings. The Master Bedroom suite says “you have arrived”, with a head-on view of the downtown skyscrapers. An octagonal bathroom showcases a freestanding pedestal sinks and a central tub, which allows bathing with views out two sets of French doors. Two other bedroom suites are in the bedroom wing.

The house seems to have a patina of age. Low slung simple tile roofs; unadorned plaster walls; simple wood doors, windows, and floors. “Don’t think “old”. This home has the built-in espresso machine, the “touch of a button” screening room, the house-wide sound system, the remote controlled fireplaces, a 3 sided infinity pool. You get the best of today’s modern living—a completely open plan, great entertaining, flinging all the doors open and enjoying life indoors and outdoors—that’s all here. This is a rarity. He just always puts more into a house.”

Architect Michael Mekeel says he is a “microregionalist”, recapturing a lost art of high artistic achievement in homes built in their local regional style. He finds a deep truth in the Spanish Revival of the 1930’s in the Los Feliz Oaks neighborhood. When newly built, this neighborhood was knit together by drawing on a shared heritage. Then, regional style homes were built by the city’s best-trained architects and knowledgeable master craftsman.

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Michael Mekeel

Area Info
Downtown Hollywood is directly below the hills with famous entertainment venues like Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Kodak Theater, the Hollywood Bowl and the Pantages Theater. The American Cinemateque schedules showings of classic films in the historic Egyptian Theater. Clubs and restaurants abound in downtown Hollywood.

Universal Studios is 15 min away, Disneyland 40 min. away. Downtown LA with the Convention Center, Staples Center and LA Live as well as the Music Center and the Disney Philharmonic is 30 min away.

Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean with miles of sandy beaches is 40 minutes west along the famous Sunset Boulevard.
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Check In: 5 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Deposits: TBD
Payment Options: Cashier's Check
Other Fees: TBD
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Small children Security alarm on doors leading to pool area
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