The Sunset Strip—the mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard that blazes to neon life at night—may be one piece of Los Angeles that actually outdoes its legend. Tucked discreetly into the Hollywood hills above it is Monarch House, a nearly 6,000-square-foot home that features floor-to-ceiling glass walls and views that seem to plunge into the Strip and the glittering expanse of Los Angeles beyond it.
Designed by the Palm Springs–based architect John Walling in 2008, Monarch House takes the L.A.-centric idea of indoor-outdoor living to the extreme, with an expansive outdoor patio that can be accessed from nearly every room. Virtually no barrier exists between the interior living spaces and the outdoor fire pits, poolside lounges, and infinity pool. The full chef’s kitchen is equally open and spacious, with its own stunning Hollywood vistas, which makes the property an irresistible choice for chef Mourad Lahlou and Robb Report’s first annual Culinary Masters Competition.
The modern home of concrete, stucco, and wood is perched atop Nightingale Drive, one of the most popular addresses in the so-called Bird Streets neighborhood. (Nearby, the tiny street Blue Jay Way inspired the 1967 Beatles’ song of the same name written by George Harrison.) In the past 10 years, however, the exclusive enclave has become particularly sought-after, with prices soaring to the heights of enclaves in Beverly Hills and Bel Air.
9305 Nightingale Drive, Los Angeles 90069