545 South Mapleton Drive, Holmby Hills
Located in Holmby Hills, on the most prestigious street in Los Angeles, The Mapleton Estate was conceived by the talented and distinguished hands of architect Robert Sinclair and designer Mark Boone. No strangers when it comes to turning a blank canvas into a masterpiece brimming with character, Sinclair and Boone conceptualized each detail of this architectural estate with unsurpassed craftsmanship.
The owners wanted a Mediterranean-inspired home that was grand yet comforting. The result was a breathtaking union between function and aesthetics that has garnered considerable acclaim including a notable feature in Architectural Digest. The gracious gated entrance guides one down a long drive lined with sculptural, old growth-olive trees. As you near the end of the allee of olives, the property opens up and you are taken aback by how the lush surroundings envelope the fortified facade of the exterior.
The motor court setting reveals tranquil gardens, fountains, waterfall and pond, and a detached guest house and spa made accessible from the main house via an arched bridge. A series of porticos make up a commanding colonnade representing the timeless beauty adopted by architects in 14th & 15th Century Italy. A mix of tile, brick and rubble stone distinguishes the exterior contrasting terra-cotta flooring, providing a softer surface linking the rooms to the interior. Including the ceilings, no detail has been overlooked; as seen in the intricate walnut coffering overhead in the library, barrel-vaulted gold-leafed ceiling found in the screening room, and soaring brick ceiling in the kitchen. Warm tones and textures set the inviting ambiance in the 7 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms.
The wine cellar acts to center the surrounding theatre, lounge, and billiards rooms which are ideal for entertaining or enjoying a relaxing retreat. There are plenty of alcoves and places to nest with a good book throughout the property yet the spacious terrace off the main gallery stands out as especially inviting. Acting as an additional living room, this gathering space is casual with plenty of sunshine overlooking the elegant oval-shaped pool and cabana. Your senses may guide you further outside to the picturesque rose garden making The Mapleton Estate truly an Italian “palazzo” reimaged in the heart of L.A.
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