A $42 Million Hillside Smart Home with One of the Best Views in Beverly Hills
Two years ago, when Lamborghini was debuting the Veneno Roadster, the company chose 1201 Laurel Way in Beverly Hills to host a VIP viewing event. The home’s five-car showroom—where floor-to-ceiling glass windows frame unobstructed hilltop views—has a better lookout to Los Angeles and the Pacific for the cars than many Angelenos have ever witnessed for themselves.
A moat surrounds the main grand-piano-shaped grade, rendering unnecessary any railings around the steep hillside edges below. The showroom sits back near the would-be piano keys and the backyard infinity-edge swimming pool at the curve of the lid. Everything about the six-bedroom, 11,200-square-foot home—from the seamlessness of its interiors to its layout and position of the more than 36,000-square-foot lot—centers on its panoramic views of the Los Angeles basin. Window walls encase the home, achieving a dramatic yet simple, open layout on its main floor. Upon entering through a 14-foot pivot door, residents walk over a glass floor that showcases the 1,000-bottle wine cellar below to pull an iPad from a discreet wall mount (or use a smartphone) that controls the whole-house lighting, climate, electronic drapes, and more. Sleek furnishings in a white- and dark-chocolate color palette throughout were specially designed for each room by Italian brands Minotti, B&B Italia, and Maxalto.
The upper floor, dedicated entirely to the master suite, provides arguably the best overlook—from the hot tub on its expansive balcony. In the massive closet, among custom Italian cabinetry, are found designated places to display couture clothing, plus a hidden back room and jewelry safe through a false mirror. (Inquiries: The Agency, Mauricio Umansy, 424.230.3701; theagencyre.com)