Home Tour Date: Sunday 25th June
Architecturally and culturally significant, LA's Eastside is made up of small, trendy neighborhoods that are home to endless boutique shopping and an ever-growing dining scene that includes beautiful outdoor patios, diverse dining experiences and eclectic bars.
The "Hills" refers to the residential area situated within the Santa Monica Mountains that overlooks the city and is known for its breathtaking views and endless maze of windy streets that provides its exclusive residents with a sense of seclusion and serenity.
Originally built in 1978, builder Scott Harris and designer Jennie Garth did a total transformation to create a beautiful 4,000 square foot, 5 bed, 4.5 bath luxury home. From wood stained cabinetry to a custom floating fireplace to a hillside infinity pool with a underwater speaker system, Garth and Harris did not take anything off the table. The creativity and design of the home is as unique as the homeowner herself. With the home on 42,500 square feet of plentiful greenery and 180 degree views of San Fernando Valley, the yard was screaming for a putting green and water features.
Temple Hill House
Originally constructed in 1965, this beautiful, 2,125 square foot home was renovated in 2013 to create a luxurious 4 bed, 3.5 bath oasis in the Hollywood Hills. While trying to preserve the design intention of the original Buff, Straub, and Hensman home, Architect Don Mathias Dimster added important additional rooms and a gorgeous rooftop terrace. Located in the hills of Beachwood Canyon, this downhill lot had been previously subdivided and left no opportunity to add beyond the existing footprint. Because of this, Dimster repurposed the courtyard to create a much needed kitchen expansion. Skylights and custom pivot windows facing a planted atrium maintain the spirit of the original courtyard and the translucent glass façade of the exterior. The original kitchen was converted to an additional bedroom/office with a separate bathroom. A triple slider was added to the living room and shades were mounted on the railing side of the decks. The entire structure was reengineered to add a roof deck – valuable flat area on the steep lot. To protect the clean lines of the original home, the roof deck was surrounded with a glass railing; barely visible from the outside and allowing for unobstructed views. The stair was extended to the roof level and two glass landings let light filter through to the floors below. Bedrooms and bathrooms were kept in their original modest proportions, completely modernized, while adding direct access to the hillside. Custom pivot windows increase the illusion of added space. The original design concepts, having been proven timeless, were invaluable to the inspiration of this renovation.
The Samuel Novarro House
Designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright Jr in 1928, this 2,800 sq. ft. home sits on a spacious 13,250 sq ft lot. Just before starting construction, Wright and his father took a trip to Colombia to study the Mayan ruins and it had quite an influence on the design and facade of the home. Actress Diane Keaton acquired the house in the 80's and remodeled the interior with architect Josh Schweitzer.