Art / Lifestyle November 23, 2021

Inside A Modernist Masterpiece In Beverly Hills

Inspired by the likes of the legendary Richard Neutra, modernist architect Raúl F. Garduño employed a distinctive style characterized by a unique use of shapes, warm materials—including wood beams and rugged brick—and walls of glass. Garduño designed this low-slung 1971 home, blending hints of an Asian aesthetic with iconic midcentury modern elements. This singular amalgam distinguishes the residence from others in the Trousdale Estates area and makes it a rare, highly desirable property.

Beverly Hills, California | Joseph CilicSotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

The inviting rooms are linked in a gently curving crescent, allowing floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the home’s canyon and city vistas. Spaces flow effortlessly from one to the next. The generous step-down living room is anchored by a fireplace crafted from stone that recalls sparkling nighttime skies. The sleek, efficient kitchen includes a welcoming breakfast area and is ideally positioned for entertaining, steps from the stately dining room. The den or media room features numerous built-ins and another eye-catching fireplace.

The serene owner’s suite includes a soigné bath with dual vanities, plentiful mirrors, strikingly artful wall treatments, a glass-enclosed shower, and a tiled Roman tub set in a windowed bay. The three guest bedrooms—also located on the main level—are equally restful. A versatile space on the home’s lower level would make a perfect office, gym, guest or in-law suite, or recreation room. Glass walls here turn the enveloping greenery into dynamic art.

Outdoors, amid swaths of lush emerald grass, meticulously manicured hedges, and other carefully chosen plantings, the swimming pool and its sun-drenched patio echo the arc of the home. Alfresco entertaining is both easy and consummately stylish thanks to an outdoor fireplace and open-air dining space. In addition to the four-car garage, a motor court with ample parking allows for festive gatherings.

The hillside community of Trousdale Estates—whose residents have included luminaries from Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra to Jennifer Aniston and Cindy Crawford—enjoys an ideal location, moments from all the amenities and attractions of Beverly Hills.