Real Estate Report: Built by Cliff May, Paid For by Vulcans



Human inter-stellar travel helped pay for this old-school Cliff May house. It’s on the market for $7.3M.

The Basics: A six-bedroom, eight bath plus a half bath house in Pacific Palisades, clocking in at almost 7K square feet on almost an acre. Not So Basic: It’s an early house (1937) by Cliff May when he was designing somewhat gloomy haciendas instead of the luminous and deluxe modern ranchos he’s better known for. And it belongs to Nicholas Meyer, the Academy Award nominated novelist/writer/director/producer who’s probably better known for saving the Star Trek franchise with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and its spawn.

On a walled corner lot, the house wraps around a big courtyard, with a garage and guest house concealing the huge pool from the side street plus a thick hedge along the front. The courtyard itself is kind of bleak- it needs a bigger fountain and a pizza oven- but the 1930’s acid green on the siding and trim is probably the original color, and brilliant.

Remarkably, the house appears to be trekkie-free and wears a happily-worn vibe, as if people, instead of stagers,  enjoyed living here. There’s a lot of books, there aren’t flat screen TV’s hanging on the walls, and that 1990’s kitchen has good bones.

What’s not to love about that library, above? The house has been on the market since June, 2010 and has not suffered any price reductions. More pic at the listing link below. Cliff May’s appeared in this blog here, and the house has also been seen previously on Curbed LA–  a post worth reading for the comments.


Listing: 13785 West Sunset Boulevard, Pacific Palisades  [Redfin]