All This and the Furniture Too?

Architect Gene R. Smith even designed the furniture for the Hollywood Hills home created with Ralph I. Yanagawa, and is including that and more in the asking price.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Papillo, Coldwell Banker

The furniture, custom-made by architect Gene R. Smith to go with this Italianate/postmodern home in the Hollywood Hills, is included in the asking price of $2.249 million.

Frank Lloyd Wright often designed custom furniture to go in the homes he created, in order to complete his aesthetic vision. You don’t see that happening much these days, unless, of course, the architect is creating a dream home for his or her own personal use. That’s exactly the case of this Italianate/postmodern home on Seattle Drive in the Hollywood Hills. After a little more than 20 years, architect Gene R. Smith is ready to move on, and he’s including the custom-made furniture in the asking price of $2.249 million.

Of course, the custom-designed furniture is but one of the many assets of this four-bedroom, four-bath, 4,000-square-foot California home that sits conveniently close to Mulholland Drive and Nichols Canyon Road, on a quiet cul-de-sac just a few minutes away from both Sunset and Ventura Boulevards. Surprisingly enough for the area, the property is on the edge of 24 acres of conservation land, with hiking trails galore.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Papillo, Coldwell Banker Built on a Hollywood hillside, this postmodern home with Italianate influences inside has plenty of balconies, skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows.

And then there are the views — they’re everywhere. You don’t just see the vistas from the three balconies on the upper level — there’s a spectacular view straight up from the great room, which has a striking geometric skylight that floods the room with natural light. The glistening marble floors catch that light and reflect it back.

 “This is a great house for international buyers who need both beautiful living space and home office space in Los Angeles, or for anyone who has frequent visitors,” says Realtor Tony Papillo of Coldwell Banker Residential, who is repping the house. He’s referring to the downstairs area, which can be a completely independent, two-bedroom suite with bathroom, kitchenette, living space and wine storage.

The owners can enjoy the master suite upstairs, with a cathedral ceiling, fireplace, spa-like bath and enough closet space to satisfy the most avid clotheshorse. In addition, there’s a junior suite with two balconies.

Hillside homes with views don’t always have much backyard space, but this one sits on a lot that’s nearly 13,000 square feet in size, with room for an exquisitely designed pool with a waterfall, purposely situated so the huge glass doors in the great room provide an aesthetically pleasing frame.

The $2.249-million price puts it above the $1.05-million median price in the 90046 ZIP code, but the house is substantially more luxurious and spacious than many in the area, and prices are going up almost 10% per year. And, of course, there’s the custom-made furniture thrown in to sweeten the deal. See for more information. 

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