Beverly Park Chateau
This grand chateau inspired residence is located in the exclusive guard-gated community of Beverly Park in the lush hills of west Los Angeles overlooking the city. The home’s architecture and design have captured the essence of the fine country estates once owned by the ancient nobility in France and has interpreted it for contemporary living in Southern California where it has been conceived as a 40,000 square-foot mansion on 2.5 acres of some of the most prime real estate in the country. Don’t let its mammoth size fool you. This residence has been designed with real life human proportions and offers up a very restrained sense of luxury. This home was not created to be a show house but is show-worthy, and that is what makes it our design inspiration for today my friends. Let’s take a look!
Every nuance was carefully considered and each decision made was tailored to suit the homeowner’s exact needs and lifestyle.
Today’s residence was designed by architect Richard Landry, with interior design by Joan Behnke, and was built by Finton Construction. The mansion took three and a half years to complete, which was quite timely for a house of this size. Every detail has been tended to. Every nuance was carefully considered and each decision made was tailored to suit the homeowner’s exact needs and lifestyle.
The home is set back on its lot and spread out across the width almost entirely. Custom entry gates located on one end of the property open to reveal the home hidden beyond them. A cobblestone driveway winds across the lawn to the centrally located motor court created before the main entrance. The driveway then proceeds, running along the front of the property and either around to the garages located along the side, or else out to the exit gates located on the opposite end of the property. The residence appears as though it has existed here for centuries. Great efforts were undertaken to create a time worn variation and texture for a truly old world finish (to make the new home look very old). The exterior facade has been clad with salvaged rubble stone, while the limestone forming the door and window surrounds was hammered and chiseled to match the walls distressed quality. The massive Mansard roof has been covered with blue slate and is punctuated with dormer windows and roof spires. The path from the motor court up to the front entrance was created with weathered pavers that pass through the formal parterre garden creating a scenic procession.
The grand double-height entrance foyer, crowned with a glass dome above, ensures a definite sense of arrival and makes a lasting first impression. The vast light-filled, open space gives way in all directions. Visitors are welcomed in through a pair of massive wrought-iron double doors backed with glass that Behnke found in a French antique shop. A 19th-century hanging lantern is suspended beneath the dome. A pair of vases by Hervé van der Straeten and a Bernar Venet sculpture are displayed on two glass-topped tables with 18th-century French bases arranged on a contemporary silk rug. Classic and Contemporary designs are combined effortlessly for a timeless appeal.
To make the large home more inviting, the architect divided the floor plan into clusters of rooms arranged around their particular function. The first cluster off of the foyer are rooms for entertaining including the living room, the formal dining room, and the library.
The gracious formal living room is full of character and has been designed in the style and spirit of an elegant and very chic Parisian apartment. The French gray-green panel designed walls and deep moldings were achieved with a custom antiqued-furniture finish. The room has been filled with a collection of antique furnishings and decorative objects spanning centuries which gives the impression of having been accumulated over time. These exist alongside custom pieces of bespoke design by Behnke. This living room has a sort of worldly sophistication without being overly formal or stiff as one often times finds in large homes. The antique limestone fireplace was reclaimed from an old European estate, as were many throughout the residence. An array of rich colors and a variety of textured fabrics including mohair, silk, and horsehair enrich the space even more. The room is arranged on a custom contemporary design silk rug, and a contemporary painting hangs over the fireplace. Along the back of the room, multiple sets of French doors flood the room with natural light and open onto a garden terrace.
This residence was designed for entertaining with style. Here we have the formal dining room which has been completed with layers of architectural detail and paired with hand-laid herringbone floors composed of reclaimed antique French oak. The rich saturated colors and contemporary interpretation of the traditional design elements remind me of the French Quarter in New Orleans. The handsome formal space provides views onto the manicured gardens on one side while the wrought-iron doors open to a circular staircase that leads down to the wine cellar. *note- A specific professional grade catering kitchen is located out of sight to serve any number of guests with ease.
The home’s library really embraces a sort of heavier traditional design with its rich wood paneled walls, intricate Oriental rug, and navy blue and gold accents. The ceiling design was custom created by an artist who applied hand painted canvases to the coffers, which is an interior design idea that I love. The room is furnished with French antiques and bespoke furnishings in keeping with the rest of the formal entertaining rooms but with a more masculine feel. You are certain to be offered Brandy or some dark liquor in here. A contemporary painting by Guy Diehl hangs above a Belgian marble fireplace.
No French country estate would be complete without a loggia with a fireplace. This fine one has been created with glass walls that slide away completely to fully open up two of its outer walls to the outdoors to embrace the best of southern California’s indoor-outdoor style, and to give way to the outdoor entertaining areas. This multi-purpose space is accessed from the living room and library and has been comfortably furnished with cushioned, all-weather wicker furniture. This arrangement of the rooms provides an excellent flow for guests when entertaining.
On the opposite end of the first floor is another cluster of rooms created more for the family and private living. These rooms have been designed with a far more casual French Country style. Here we have the family room with rough reclaimed wood beamed ceilings and a warmer color palette. The room has been finished with casual traditional design furnishings which give it the feel of a relaxed country home. It’s a luxe take on rustic!
The formal dining room we saw above and the catering kitchen mentioned are really used for formal entertaining purposes mainly. The home also includes this less formal, open flow family living-dining-kitchen area. This kitchen is where the family prepares their regular meals. The comfortable living area includes a large screen TV where the family really kicks back, and this more intimate, relaxed dining area is the one the family uses normally. The warm French Country vibe created in the adjacent family room carries into this area as well. The kitchen features a large center island topped with striking white-and-gray marble and is complete with a breakfast bar. The appliances are arranged around the island for easy access. The dining table is actually placed in a space that arches out and is lined with large windows which look out onto the back lawn.
The wine storage room is located down on the basement level and can be accessed directly from the dining room or from the home’s lower-level entertaining area. The space has been designed to hold approximately 2,600 bottles of wine perfectly displayed in custom cases. The room also features an inner sitting room which is separated from the actual wine-storage area by glass walls which allow for dual climate zones. This design team leaves no detail untouched. The rough-hewn timber and brick barrel vaulted ceilings paired with the weathered and aged floors gives the space the look of an authentic forever old wine cellar whose wines have been aging for years.
The home includes a basement level cluster of rooms designed for informal entertaining. The lower subterranean level entertaining area includes a circular sitting lounge with a big-screen television, along with a series of billiards/casino-style spaces complete with a pool table, card playing tables, and other games tables, as well as a full bar. The entire lower level has been designed with an Art Deco theme which unifies the spaces and gives it an air of refinement.
Also located down on this level is the home’s superb custom theater. The space has been richly furnished and finished to complement the latest visual and sound equipment. The custom mill-work is all mahogany. The draperies and walls are upholstered in silk and the custom sofas and chairs are in mohair.
The second floor of the home holds a fully equipped private gym, a home office, and most of the bedrooms and suites including (shown here) the expansive master bedroom suite which includes a sitting room, a generously scaled bedroom with another sitting area (also featured in my post on Canopy Beds), and his-and-her bathrooms and closets. The walls are fabric upholstered and the floors are covered with custom silk carpet. The bedroom includes a canopy bed with hand embroidery on the headboard and canopy draperies composed of four layers of sheer panels. A cabinet behind the sofa holds a pop-up television to watch from bed.
His bathroom has been finished with dark black walnut paneled walls and polished golden marble, while her super spacious bathroom is finished in pale shades of creams and pink. Both feature classic design detailing and both are quite grand and perfect in this home.
I can’t show all of the rooms in the house for this post would continue on for days, so this concludes our tour of the main house’s interiors. The home includes several more bedrooms and suites and literally dozens of bathrooms. The photo above shows the homeowner’s private terrace overlooking the back lawn, which can only be accessed from the master bathroom making it the perfect place to escape.
The following photos show the homes outdoor lounging and entertaining areas, the pool, rear gardens, and more…enjoy!
These meandering cobblestone paths running between the stone structures of the main residence, guest house, and other outlying buildings have been designed to appear as though they are part of an old European village and are very charming. Can you imagine? Don’t you agree? This entire estate is a wonderful work of art and craftsmanship. Though really, it has mostly been designed to evoke a light heart, cheer, and amusement. The whole point is to not take any of it too seriously. That is the most brilliant point in these details!
That concludes our design inspiration for today, my friends. Thank you so much for reading along with us today my friends. We hope you have enjoyed this lovely home and have found much inspiration.
Architecture: Landry Design Group
Interior Design: Joan Behnke and Associates
Builder: Finton Construction
Landscaping: Dennis Hickok Landscape Architecture
Photography: Erhard Pfeiffer
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