Open House Obsession: Visit A Sublime Gerard Colcord Paradise in Bel Air, $16MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 1524 Stone Canyon Road, Bel Air
When: Sunday, July 30 and August 6 from 2:00pm-5:00pm (both days)
What: A sublime example of the late work of Gerard Colcord (1900-1984) an historicist architect with a cult following in Los Angeles. Best known for his translation of a cinematic, hybrid Colonial style imported from the East Coast, Colcord was a master at orchestrating timber, stone, stucco and brick, and created this graceful English Tudor Style compound in an exquisite wooded setting. Working primarily from the ’30s through the ’60s, he did not attempt “modern” styles, but brought a sense of graceful 20th Century living to all his projects.
He was really able to cut loose in the vast timbered living room– probably one of the best interior spaces of his career– which leads to a more intimate library.
The master suite, fit for a mogul. Most of the bedrooms have open, timbered ceilings.
What We Love: Whatever their style provenance, Colcord designed true California houses with a great sense for entertaining and indoor/outdoor living. Below, the walled and hedged pool (set in what was probably once the tennis court) plus a fully-equipped pool house that most of us would be happy to live in.
Meanwhile, back at the main house, another handsome white kitchen.
More: Go to the listing for more details and images, including a very seductive video. This outstanding Bel Air property is represented by Rick Ojeda and Tim Mullins at The Partners Trust.