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An architecturally sensitive top-to-bottom makeover brings Beverly Hills’ Middle Century Modern classic into the 21st century in style.
The single-story 1957 building was originally designed by Alfred T. Wilkes, whose homes span bel-Air, Hancock Park and Holmby Hills in the Los Angeles area. It is located at 1027 Bay Road and is on the market for $12.5 million. Through the artistic efforts of designer Sophie Goineau, a contemporary touch was applied to the original lines of the house while maintaining the intent of the interior and exterior.
Even from the street, it was obvious that the house was well designed. Upward lighting and large address signage give the gated rear beam structure a dramatic style.
Inside, the eye is drawn to a variety of wall treatments that give the room a warm and luxurious feel. Walnut paneling blends in with plaster. Intricate room partitions, heavy beams and teak ceilings further create an atmosphere.
Equally striking, says Lisa Optican, listing agent at the Hilton & Hyland, is the sweet, curvilinear shape of the entire room. A hint of this design element is in the front door, which shows a prominent, segmented circular door pull. The main living area of the house has a circular wall of glass that opens onto an irregular crescent-shaped swimming pool at the back of the house and a garden beyond. One side of the pool follows the shape of the living room.
“The living room next to the edge of the pool has floor-to-ceiling glass, which is a dramatic highlight,” Optican explained.
Curves continue in the rounded wet bar and tiled bathroom walls. One of the showers has a circular skylight above it.
Custom kitchens were unimaginable to home cooks in the 1950s. A two-story Long Island contains a sleek integrated stove, storage cabinets and four seats. White cabinets are mixed with wood cabinets and shiny black surfaces. There is a large window over the sink with a view of the landscape.
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