There is some controversy over who has the better view: the residents of the brand new home at 638 Siena wayoverlooking the fourth green of Bel-Air Country Club, or the golfers who can see this modernist mansion as they hit the links.
Designed by acclaimed architect Zoltan Pali, known for his minimalist, contemporary Californian homes, this newly constructed residence recently hit the market for $47.5 million. The exterior is Indiana limestone and sweeping bronze metalwork that complements the clean lines and angular shapes beautifully. The house skilfully combines natural elements such as solid walls made of travertine stone and floors made of French walnut with artistic techniques. The color palette is sleek and neutral, and Pali played with light and shadow, incorporating straight lines, stark white surfaces and a fluid floor plan.
The three-story home sits on just under an acre and has 17,401 square feet of living space with eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Each room overlooks the golf course through floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and windows, and all doors are floor to ceiling for dramatic entrances. Many of the rooms open onto private decks and patios, so nature is never too far away.
You might not even have to leave the property as there is a wellness center, gym, theater and wine bar. There’s also a floating terrace with pool and spa, plenty of outdoor lawn space, and staff quarters. The three levels are connected by a bold staircase, and the property also features two courtyards, one of which includes a huge mature olive tree.
For a club so historic — the Bel-Air Country Club, which opened in 1927 — it might seem a little untraditional to build a futuristic-style home within the golf community. However, Pali’s latest project is sure to set a new precedent for luxury in the area and for Pali’s own work as well.
“Other houses have a simple and easily defined shape, but this design was more complex,” says Pali. “I reacted to the place almost literally: straight here, curved there, with wide and narrow places. The house is still abstract architectural geometry, but this one has a more fluid form than a simple rectangle.”
To create a Zen-like environment, he used materials such as Ceppo di Gré stone; travertine for the fireplaces and walls; Limestone; and slab concrete. Sleek, dynamic and elegant, the residence is like a work of art in its own right. However, art lovers will also appreciate the ample blank wall space to display their collection.
THere you also have expansive views of the manicured golf green as well as the downtown LA skyline, lush hills and greenery below. The plot was developed by Viewpoint Collectionwhich develops luxury properties in the most prestigious areas of Los Angeles.
The historic Bel-Air Country Club has had many famous and wealthy members over the years including Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Ronald Reagan, Bing Crosby, Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, Richard Nixon and Howard Hughes. Hughes once landed his plane on the grounds when he was late for a golf date with Katharine Hepburn.
638 Siena Way is listed by Tomer Fridman, Sally Forster Jones and Tyrone McKillen of Compass and Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland.
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