NEW LISTING: 320 N. Carolwood Drive

A Contemporary Farmhouse by Howard Backen

5 Bedrooms | 12 Bathrooms | 13,890 sq.ft | 93,774 lot size | $77,500,000

Winding North through Holmby Hills, in one the most exclusive enclaves on Carolwood Drive emerges the Grey Estate.  Double wooden steel framed gates draw open to a winding driveway and onto a picturesque 2.15 acre canvas of lush gardens and grounds.  An apogee of design, renowned architect, Howard Backen, blends nature and design that artfully intersects and provides a seamless connection between interior and exterior.  With a deep understanding of its character, British landscape architect Miranda Brooks, connects the architecture to the natural world creating a strong sense of place.  Tall steel and glass paneled doors disappear into pristine cubes of concrete creating the ultimate in California living, where one often walks outside between rooms to experience dramatic indoor-out-door flow.  With design idioms by Atelier AM, the home reflects proportioned spaces rendered in sensuous materials.  A dark wooded elevator ascends to the 2nd floor gallery with a luxurious master suite, generous his and her bathrooms and panoramic views of the Century City skyline.  Four additional en suite bedrooms occupy the guest wing on the opposite side of the residence.  On the main floor, a continuous wall descends into the flooring below transforming the voluminous living room into a studio quality theater and flows into a stylish den with bar and private office.  The energy of the home finds it origin from the barn like great room, which includes an open kitchen and dining areas and flows effortlessly into the family room with a wood wall framed by an elongated fireplace.  Peering through the other side is a light filled glass lined sunroom and stone fireplace.  When the grand windowed walls slide out of sight, the center courtyard with storied olives trees come alive on one side and is flanked by an outdoor farm-to-table dining area with an organic fruit orchard and vegetable/herb garden on the other.  Each interior space frames and opens to a corresponding outdoor space.  A compelling out building, accessed by an elevated walking bridge, houses a two story recreational facility with twin gyms, cold plunge, steam room and sauna with a deep blue bottomed pool and spa a stone’s throw away.  A sense of intimacy, warmth and informality pervades.  The Grey Estate.

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