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The Latest Architectural & Design Trend Proves Beauty is in The Contrast

by | Oct 20, 2020

Whether historic homes being modernized for today’s lifestyle or newly constructed estates blending architectural styles, light and dark tones or multi-cultural inspiration, these incredible properties for sale showcase stunning contrast—a design trend that never goes out of style.


This stunningly restored Hunt & Burns estate originally built in 1914 seamlessly blends period details and modern amenities in prime Hancock Park, Los Angeles. The contrast is on display from the moment of arrival, as interiors evoke the glamour and prestige of the roaring ‘20s. Handcrafted details include wainscotting, tray ceilings and elaborate moldings, while amenities include a speakeasy, cigar lounge, home theater and fitness studio. Represented by Jon Grauman, the nine-bedroom residence also boasts a separate guest house, pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and majestic grounds.


This spectacular Santa Barbara estate, inspired by the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain, finds inspiration from a blend of Old World Moorish, Spanish and Italianate architecture. Represented by Billy Rose and Eric Haskell, the approximately 12,000-square-foot residence showcases impressive scale, proportion and volume, while incorporating New World features throughout, including heated floors, Crestron whole-property automation, geo-thermal cooling, radiant heating and a movie theater with surround sound. The stunning 2.5-acre property also boasts a swimming pond, heated pool, waterfalls, pickleball and bocce ball courts, grand lawn for events and an attached guest house.


Why pick one color when you can pick two? Two-tone walls are one of the standout design features of this reimagined 1925 Mediterranean located moments from L.A.’s iconic Chateau Marmont. Represented by Christopher Dyson, the three-bedroom Hollywood Hills home was masterfully updated by the owners of the Palihouse hotels to feature some of the design elements found throughout their hotel destinations. Two-tone walls are a prominent feature in the guest rooms at Palihouse Miami Beach and Palihotel Seattle. For the home, the couple kept the original color of the walls and added Farrow & Ball Calke Green. The green melds beautifully with the leafy hedges and trees surrounding the property.


This brand new residence tucked behind gates in an idyllic Beverly Hills location showcases the ultimate color contrast from the outside in. The white facade and gallery-like interior walls contrast with black window framing, railings and rooftops, while green surroundings and warm wood floors emphasize a connection with nature (as pictured at top). Represented by Eric Haskell, the five-bedroom residence also blends contemporary and traditional design, featuring a manicured central courtyard, multi-level outdoor space, custom black-tile pool, cocktail bar and gym.


Modern Los Angeles meets Lake Como-style views at this brand new architectural marvel in Bel Air. Situated above the Stone Canyon Reservoir, the eight-bedroom, 11,624-square-foot home boasts panoramic lake, city and mountain vistas from sunrise to sunset. Represented by Farah Levi, the home features an enormous open floor plan, with soaring ceilings and a seamless flow between kitchen, dining, living and outdoor entertaining areas. Among the estate’s extraordinary offerings is the approximately 2,000-square-foot rooftop deck with stunning 270-degree views that span from the valley to the sea. 

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