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Automotive-Inspired Bel Air Mansion Is a $16.5 Million Exercise in Striking Minimalism

There’s a saying about living in glass houses and how it’s not exactly desirable, but this is one glass house that would make any car aficionado with a penchant for minimalist design happy to call “home.” Carchitecture, a newly-coined term that refers to automotive-inspired or automotive-centric architecture, is the latest “thing” in premium real estate. When money is never an issue and only certain things are deemed worthy of your attention, professing your love for cars with your newest mansion is quite a fancy way of showing off. Depending on how passionate of a car enthusiast (and how wealthy) you are, you can pick and choose among the most varied offers from developers. This property is right up there at the top: a house shaped like a supercar but minimalist almost to a fault, elegant and striking in both design and finishes, and bound to help you show off. Located in the super-exclusive Bel Air neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, this 1254 Roberto Lane property is now on the market with Kirby Gillon, Bryce Lowe and Aaron Kirman of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass, asking $16.5 million. Its highest selling point is not the fact that it’s a very new building, completed in 2022 on a design by Arshia Mahmoodi of Arshia Architects, but its striking design and exquisite styling. According to the listing, the property sits on a 10,316 square-foot (958 square-meter) lot and is a three-level building with an underground garage, a pool in the backyard and a matching sun deck on the roof. The mansion stands out for its split-level architecture, where the second level is cantilevered, offering a striking contrast and a very unusual and dynamic appearance, as well as a shady retreat. The three levels are connected through a glass-wrapped staircase and a frame-less glass elevator, because not all multi-millionaires are into walking, even in their own homes.

This Sleek $16.5 Million Bel Air Mansion Was Inspired by Modern-Day Hypercars

The futuristic 7,440-square-foot manse comes with a three-car garage, naturally. This new Los Angeles listing is a petrolhead’s dream. Located in the swanky neighborhood of Bel Air, the modern Roberto Lane manse mirrors the design of sleek hypercars, like the Pininfarina Battista or Mercedes-AMG One. Sited on 10,316 square feet, the striking split-level abode sports sinuous lines and swathes of glass like the aforementioned four-wheelers, but offers four bedrooms and five bathrooms within. (Show us a car that can do that.) From the exterior, a 16-foot cantilever on the home’s second level creates a dynamic, shaded entrance. As you venture inside, the open-plan home flows seamlessly from one room to the next thanks to a backlit central staircase and frameless glass elevator. You can expect high ceilings throughout, along with marble fireplaces and slick contemporary furnishings. On the lower level, the McLaren-mimicking pad offers a family room, a formal dining space and an office/guest bedroom with an en suite. The nearby kitchen is equipped with Doca NYC cabinetry, Dekton door faces and luxe walnut details. Elsewhere, the wraparound balcony, which can be accessed via the sunroom, affords views from the Getty to the Pacific Ocean. The upper level, meanwhile, comprises the lavish sleeping quarters. The primary bedroom sports glass closets with integrated lighting, floor-to-ceiling windows and a separate sitting room. Not to be outdone, the primary bathroom features beautiful Nero Marquina marble walls and floors with matching Agape sinks and faucets. The two additional guest bedrooms also come complete with glass closets and en suites.

Kat Von D slashes price of goth mansion to $12.5M

Tattoos are permanent — but the asking price of a body ink legend’s lair can certainly change. Celebrity tattoo artist and makeup mogul Kat Von D has shaved $2.5 million off the roughly 12,500-square-foot Los Angeles home she listed this year for a cool $15 million. That means the three-story Victorian — which was also featured in the 2003 movie “Cheaper by the Dozen” — asks $12.5 million, a listing representative told The Post. The property dates to the 1890s, but it was moved to its current location in Windsor Square — a historic neighborhood within the city of Angels — in 1915. From the outside, the gated home features a gothic charm — not only with a dark-colored exterior accented with a turret and hints of black and gold, but also with an in-ground pool and spa whose water is colored blood red.

Historic Barrymore Estate in Los Angeles Sells for $14.7 Million After Six Years on the Market

The Los Angeles home of late actor John Barrymore sold Thursday for $14.7 million. The Barrymore Estate is tucked into the hills of Los Angeles’s Beverly Hills Post Office neighborhood and has views of downtown and beyond. Sitting on about an acre of land, the property offers a total of seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms over several dwellings, according to the listing with Kirby Gillon, Bryce Lowe and Aaron Kirman of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass. “This home is steeped in history and you feel that when you’re on the grounds,” Ms. Gillon said in an email. “The different dwellings that make up the compound each have a story to tell.” The buyer was Joseph McGinty Nichol, otherwise known as McG, a 53-year-old director and producer, according to a statement from the agents. He was represented by Billy Rose at The Agency. “Energetically, I think we knew he was the buyer within seconds of him coming through the house,” Mr. Lowe explained, also in an email. “I think it was this connection that got us through the whole deal.” Also known as the Bella Vista, the Spanish Colonial home was built by notable architect John Byers in 1926 for Golden Age director King Vidor, whose films include “Northwest Passage” (1940) and “Duel in the Sun” (1946). Barrymore—a stage and film star with credits like “Grand Hotel” (1932) and “Midnight” (1939), as well as the grandfather of actor Drew Barrymore—purchased the home in the late 1920s and lived there until his death in 1942.

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