Open House Obsession: Exceptional Gerard Colcord in Bel Air, $5.5MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Update: Open Sunday May 28 from 2:00pm-5:00pm
Where: 1160 Casiano Road, Bel Air
When: Sunday, February 26 from 1:00pm-4:00pm and Sunday, March 5 from 1:00pm-4:00pm
What: A 5-bed, 5-bath, 2-half bath home designed by architect Gerard Colcord c.1939 in his very personal Colonial Revival style– a rambling, romantic hybrid of Pennsylvania stone-and-frame farmhouses. Colcord, active between 1924 and 1984, designed hundreds of historicist homes ranging from cottages to mansions in a number of traditional styles, most of which are deft compositions of massive timbers, stone, hand-forged ironwork and carpenter details.
Originally purchased by a young couple in the 1980s, a decade later their family had grown and rather than move, they embarked on a multi-year project of expanding their beloved Colcord. A stone loggia became the dining room, a second story was added with a 2-bath master suite, plus myriad other changes, all exceptionally seamless. It’s impossible to tell where the original house ends and the additions begin.
Below, a glimpse of the master bedroom’s beautifully composed fireplace wall.
Whatever its antecedants, this is a classic California house, open to acheterdufrance.com the outdoors.
The 2-story kitchen dates to the ’90s renovation but has been recently refreshed; floor tiles are antique French terracotta.
More: Check out the listing for additional details and images of this extraordinary home. Below, the house has a spectacular view of the Getty Center.