Sweet Dreams Are Made of Beverly Hills' Villa Di Sogno

In English, the title would be "House of Dreams," which perfectly describes this 1920s mansion where Jay Gatsby or Leonardo DiCaprio would be right at home.

Photo Courtesy of Jade Mills Estates Balconies and a lengthy gallery look out on the mosaic-tiled pool and spa. No elegant expense has been spared here.

Villa Di Sogno — House of Dreams. It takes a special house to wear that title well, and this, one of the few remaining classic Beverly Hills estates, lives up to it. No nouveau riche Mediterranean McMansion hastily built on a subdivided lot, this home was originally constructed in the grand style popular in 1926. Then the prominent Los Angeles owners impeccably restored the property in 2007 to seamlessly combine modern conveniences with the Old World elegance of a grand Italian villa — or an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

For example, since it was built during Prohibition, there is a giant liquor vault in the basement. That remains, but it’s been converted into a beautiful wine cellar and tasting room with that sturdy vault door still guarding it.

The 13,227-square-foot main house also retains more traditional rooms of the time, such as a ballroom with a grand foyer, music room, billiards room, tea room/solarium, grand gallery, Moroccan terrace and ample servants' quarters containing independent suites.

Photo Courtesy of Jade Mills Estates Note the gold-leaf ceiling in this grand formal living room, which is also adorned with antiqued walls, smoky silver mirrors, silk draperies and parquet wood flooring.

The kitchen has been updated with elegant yet modern features including two prep islands, top-of-the-line appliances and, in a nod to both past and present, a wood-burning oven. The movie theater in the basement has a plush red-velvet curtain, comfy leather theater seating and swinging wooden doors with a circular window. But the equipment has been updated to accommodate the latest viewing preferences.

The main house contains eight bathrooms and seven bedrooms, most of them located upstairs and accessible by an elevator. There are four family bedroom suites and a spacious master suite with dual baths, walk-in closets, a sitting area, a wet bar and a fireplace. Upstairs you’ll also find a family media room and art studio.

Guests have their own house, of course, a two-story three-bedroom, two-bathroom mini villa with an enclosed yard — far grander than the cottage Nick Carraway stayed in on West Egg.

The 1.24-acre estate sits discreetly behind walls and gates in the hills above Sunset, where it’s not easily accessible to sightseer buses. Within those walls are formal gardens, multiple water features, a mosaic-tile pool and spa, a sports court, a cabana, an outdoor kitchen and a loggia. You could picture flappers in cloches playing croquet on the lawn, or fitness fanatics in Lululemon doing yoga.

By now you’ve probably guessed that this elegant and luxurious estate probably has an elegant and luxurious price tag. That is the one thing about it that has changed drastically since it was built in the '20s. It’s being offered by Jade Mills Estates at $24,995,000. Definitely the type of real estate that wouldn't make Jay Gatsby bat an eyelash, but might send the rest of us to our fainting couches. See JadeMillsEstates.com for more details. 

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