L.A.-based master architect William Hefner is known for his proficiency in both traditional and modernist styles and for his devotion to translating classic details for sophisticated contemporary living. His versatility and dedication are easily apparent in this new Beverly Hills home, where sleek, refined modern style is inflected with time-honored flair. Stately columns and wrought iron, arched windows, shutters, hardwood floors, and a grand sweeping staircase are among the elegant elements that bring touches of tradition to a residence that is decidedly au courant and state of the art. Chicly contrasting surfaces of black and white create a pleasingly minimalist air, yet the home feels far from spartan. Nearly every space boasts artful fixtures—from dramatic lighting to eye-catching hardware and faucets—and walls of glass afford dazzling, dynamic views.
Beverly Hills, California | Almila Gozen, Sotheby’s International Realty – Brentwood Brokerage
Hefner’s designs are intended to inspire and nurture, and this estate has a graceful, open flow that makes day-to-day living and festive entertaining both enjoyable and effortless. Just off the foyer, a glamorous formal living area adjoins a den with a fireplace, an en suite bath, and a stylishly appointed bar. Both spaces open to covered patios overlooking the grounds. A bright gallery hall links the formal dining room with the light-flooded kitchen—which features an island and a peninsula with counter seating, superior stainless-steel appliances, and a breakfast area in a windowed bay—and an inviting family room with a fireplace and glass doors to a shady breezeway patio.
The cool, tranquil private quarters are secluded on the lofty upper level. The serene owner’s oasis includes a sitting area, multiple balconies, a rooftop deck, a fireplace, and a breakfast bar. Also en suite are two impeccably outfitted walk-in closets and two spa-like baths—one mirrored and skylit and featuring a soaking tub beside a warming fireplace, the other clad in handsome, deeply hued marble. The three bright guest bedroom suites are centered around a study, game room, and media room with built-in desks and a balcony.
The lighted stairwell descends from the foyer to the welcoming lowest level, where an extensive wine cellar with distinctive storage is secured behind a glass wall. It combines with an enviable theater and billiards room as well as a gym with a bath and sauna to create a wonderful private setting for relaxing and entertaining. The finished oversized garage has striking flooring and includes built-in storage. Completing the compelling picture are a quiet, contemplative office and discreet staff quarters.
Chic spaces throughout—including the living, dining, and family rooms—are lined with floor-to-ceiling windows and disappearing walls of glass that open to patios and the lush, expansive grounds. Across the acreage, landscaping has been carefully chosen and positioned, fashioning an ideal backdrop for the swimming pool and spa, a pool terrace with a fire pit, and a pool house offering a stylish living area with a fireplace. Hefner’s longstanding goal has been to create a holistic design experience via the harmonious integration of a home with its surroundings, and this estate achieves that goal, perfectly at ease just minutes from the exclusive shops and restaurants of one of the country’s most enviable communities.