Inside a Designer’s Sophisticated Home in L.A.’s Bird Streets


Inside a Designer’s Sophisticated Home in L.A.’s Bird Streets

A glimpse of the idyllic outdoor spaces that envelop this elegant residence might immediately bring to mind a villa in the French countryside. With their orderly layout, timeless pea gravel, manicured plantings and trees, iron-trimmed French doors, and classical fountain—all overlooked by dreamy balconies—they have a decidedly romantic, Old World feel, but the location is as modern and New World as they come—a desirable thoroughfare in the fashionable Bird Streets of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, California | Justin Mandile & Dean MandileSotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

The relaxed sophistication on display outdoors continues within, in chic contemporary living spaces where the current owner—founder of the design firm Elysienne—spared no expense and overlooked no detail in their meticulous creation and finishing. The stylish living and dining room, which includes a sleek wet bar, is accented by Venetian plaster walls, limestone flooring, and an expanse of French doors that seamlessly connect the interiors with the outdoors. The kitchen is a culinarian’s dream with its Italian Officine Gullo range, other appliances by Miele, stately Calacatta marble countertops, and other eye-catching appointments contributing to the classic ambience. No residence in Los Angeles would be complete without a theater, and this inviting version is outfitted with thoughtful built-ins. A home gym makes daily fitness effortless—and could easily be adapted to serve as an additional relaxed living space.

Of the five bedrooms, the owner’s suite is the highlight—a peaceful retreat with a soaring ceiling, a warming fireplace, a comfortable sitting area, dual walk-in closets, and a generous, luxurious bath clad in striking Greystone marble. Multiple sets of French doors open to a long breezy balcony. An additional suite is secluded on the upper level as well, while two guest bedrooms are conveniently located on the main level. The estate’s fifth bedroom enjoys a private entrance, making it ideal for an au pair or in-law suite or an office.

Outdoor living is a quintessential element of the California lifestyle, and this residence accommodates it with ease. Just outside the main level are spaces featuring an antique limestone fire pit and a fountain that arrived stateside from France, a refreshing swimming pool and spa, and an alfresco kitchen—all reveling in southerly views of the city skyline. Stairs lead through fragrant terraced gardens to another living area, perched amid greenery above the pool.

Classical appointments notwithstanding, the home boasts state-of-the-art technological amenities, including superior lighting, a security system, and built-in speakers throughout. The location, in the quiet, convenient Bird Streets, is revered for its vistas and proximity to the Sunset Strip and is among the most sought-after in the city.

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