Real Estate Report: A Family Home with a “Stripper Pole”


In West Hollywood, this irresistible mash-up of styles looks like a great place for a party.

The Basics: Currently configured as two units. The lower unit is a 0-bedroom, 3-bath, 2-stripper pole pad with one large room, plus a kitchen and dining/lounge area. Upstairs, the second unit comprises a domed master suite with a skylit bath and a kitchenette. There is no parking. On the market three days, asking $1.499M.

Not So Basic: It’s zoned for commercial and residential use, so presumably one could legally throw kiddie birthday parties during the day and serial private bachelor parties at night.

Unlike most of the fantasy properties that eventually come on the market, this one actually looks purposely-designed and well-crafted, taking widely disparate design elements— fragments from Bali and North Africa, a little Mediterranean stucco on the exterior, a few Buddhas in niches, endless random stone-veneered walls. Plus a bit of Eastlake in the kitchen. All of which make sense if one thinks of Los Angeles as a huge pool of set designers and highly-skilled craftspeople who usually work in film.

There’s nothing on the street-front except a vine-covered wall and this rather spectacular gate. Behind which you get a fragment of  Casbah:

Above, the dining/lounge area just next the kitchen. Below, someone’s combined a silk lamp by Mariano Fortuny (Venice, early 20th C.) and a Balinese ceiling with sideboard that probably came from a long-demolished mansion. A pass-through to reckon with:

How can you not love a kitchen like this?

Below, one of the 1st-floor baths. We’re loving the toilet paper roll attached to the side of a vintage inlaid armoire— the only faux pas in a house full of faux finishes— and have to wonder how many people have tried to exit through the full-length mirror flanked by velvet drapes:

Below, the domed master bedroom and the bath. We’re loving the bath, although the rain shower is giving us pause, or at least making us hope there’s a drain in the floor. 

As the listing says, “… you’ll feel as though you’ve entered another world.”  One populated with belly dancers, no doubt. Many more images at the listing link below.

Listing: 806 North Fairfax Avenue, West Hollywood [Redfin]