Los Feliz, CA
The property is located in the Los Feliz district of the Hollywood Hills (a neighbor to Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark Ennis House) with a panoramic view of Downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean beyond. The existing Mediterranean style house, located to the northern edge of the south sloping site, was constructed in 1923. Since then, the property was subdivided and the house suffered earthquake damage and crude repairs. The southern (garden) slope, untended for years, was unattractive and hardly usable.
The house was repaired and structurally upgraded, improving and enhancing its original visual character. The sloping terrain was re- terraced with retaining walls to create generously proportioned flat platforms (connected by gracious flights of steps) for entertainment and recreation. The logistics of such a major re-sculpting of the terrain were compromised by the inaccessibility of the site itself, prohibiting the use of mechanized earthmoving equipment.
Each terrace is singular in character and use, with a consistent vocabulary of finishes and forms providing coherence. Quality materials, sympathetic to the original house, were used in all new work. The new amenities and structures include a swimming pool and spa, a generously appointed pool/guest house, an outdoor kitchen with built in barbeque, shade structures and numerous water features.