Open House Report, LA Edition: Serious Entertaining in the Hollywood Hills, Pool Required


We looked online and found 78 houses with pools open on Sunday, May 13 in LA County. A quick scan of the listings brought us to these two houses, both sort of awful and sort of fabulous, for people who like their bling in espresso-stained wood and indoor water features. Both are great places for 200 of your best friends on a warm weekend night.

2609 DeVista Place, Hollywood HIlls, $1.675M
Some days, when the listing says “owner has completed many improvements,” you just want to run away in terror. Especially when the entry includes a 2-story “floor-to-ceiling” waterfall (shouldn’t that be “ceiling-to-floor”?) On the other hand, kudos to the owner for their slightly mad decor choices—most of which can be undone, though you may be happily stuck with the waterfall. They’ve taken a bland Mid-Century stucco box and turned it into a 3-bed, 4-bath crib for the stay-up-late crowd. What we love: that the window along the kitchen counter folds open, plus the paramecium-shaped pool set in a little bit of lawn and its spa garnished with just enough fronds for privacy. Check out the realtor’s dedicated site for more. Open Sunday, May 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

8283 Skyline Drive, Hollywood Hills, $2.399M
The 70s was an era of bland buildings with too many angles, and this 4-bed, 3-bath house off Mulholland Drive was no exception. Was, because it’s been re-scripted as a great place for a party, with an al fresco entertainment area wrapping the back from the outdoor kitchen past the pool to a fire pit, with a bar—overlooking the view— set somewhere in between. Someone, please, hand me a cold beer. The rest of the house is done in the West Elm School of Brown (so yes, still bland) and raises the eternal question “Can one overdose on wenge?” On the plus side, there’s a master bath as big as a studio apartment overlooking the pool, above— the best images are at the realtor’s dedicated site. On the street side, the stucco front has been discreetly redone with plenty of parking, broad swaths of permeable pavers replacing the old asphalt driveway. See? You can be environmentally conscious and stay up all night. Open Sunday, May 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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