Spectacular Mansion For Today’s Young Masters of The Universe, $28MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 8854 Thrasher Avenue, Hollywood Hills
What: A 5-bed, 7-bath, 3-half bath, 4-car garage house high up in the legendary Bird Streets– although calling this a “house” is an understatement.
Designed by Mattia Biagi of Studio Dardo, this is a tour-de-force of luxurious and classically Los Angeles design, somehow managing to be supremely tasteful and visually seductive, with the best electronics, audio systems and motorized Fleetwood walls of glass. A completely modern setting, in which Biagi has interwoven a few allusions to the past.
Dubbed “The Cork House” in homage to the cork tree it was built around.
Native to the Mediterranean, cork are an ancient variety of coastal oak and can live to be hundreds of years old, but historic allusions aside, this house is ready to party now. The swimming pool is set out over the view; the glass floor provides both a bottom’s-up view of swimmers and a skylit lower level.
What We Love: Most of the house and outdoor spaces are paved with breccia, a composite volcanic stone quarried in Italy. Think polished terrazzo, created before the dinosaurs. With other floors in wide plank walnut, the flooring choices look back to grand Italian villas, plus Biaggi has furnished the house with a selection of furniture by 20th Century Italian masters (below) like Gio Ponti and Cini Boeri.
The master bedroom suite is larger than most single-famly dwellings, with a seductive white marble wet room.
More: Have a look at the listing for additional details and images. Represented by Andrew Wilson at Sotheby’s International Real Estate.