Hillside Luxury Home Design Inspiration

Today’s design inspiration comes from a hillside luxury residential compound of contemporary design in Bel Air, an affluent residential neighborhood in Los Angeles.  The custom built home consists of several buildings including the main house and separate quarters for guest, staff, and entertaining, with most being joined together by a footbridge.  The property is built into the hilltop and situated on multiple levels and has a total of 40,000 square-feet which includes 28-bedrooms, a home spa, a roof-top terrace, a terraced orchard, a 24-car underground garage, and plenty of space for entertaining.

contemporary design hillside home parking entrance

The home’s contemporary design exterior has been faced with smooth stucco and punctuated with towers clad in rough-faced sandstone.  It’s stepped positioning along the hilltop gives it the appearance of being a modern fortress. The elevated position also provides the home with extraordinary city and ocean views.  The photo above shows the side entrance into the parking area.


This exceptional residence, of course, is another award-winning luxury home by the Los Angeles based architect Richard Landry of Landry Design Group, whose superb mega-mansions are favored by those seeking the best things in life. The architect collaborated with interior designer David Phoenix on the interior design, who gave the interiors a bit of his signature “California elegant” styling.  The above photo shows the footbridge suspended over the motor court with the home’s entry on the left and parking garage below.



The rough-faced sandstone used to clad the tower’s exteriors has been continued inside here in the entrance foyer and paired with Portuguese limestone floors.  Landry also continued the ceiling trellis from the exterior entryway, which is separated only by a wall of floor to ceiling glass, into here, pairing it with glass ceilings to further unify the indoor and outdoor spaces.  Lastly, he suspended a footbridge through the space like that which connects the various structures outdoors.  Phoenix softened the space a bit by adding a custom silk-and-wool rug from Tai Ping, and centered the vast open double height space with a rosewood table from Jean de Merry, flanked by bronze stools from Holly Hunt.



The formal living room and the more relaxed parlor room are separated by pocket doors.  In both rooms, the fireplace has been made the focal point with the surround wall being specially treated.  In the formal living room (the top picture), slabs of book-matched onyx designed to look like one solid block cover the wall.  In the parlor, mosaic onyx tile has been used.  A design idea for living rooms to note:  Landry has allowed the ceilings to stop short of reaching the walls, and installed cove lighting in the space to illuminate it from above, creating an understated glow.  This design detail has been used throughout the home in various rooms to great effect.


For the formal dining room, Phoenix selected a large, 3,000-pound modern design, zebrawood-and-bronze table which seats 14 comfortably from David Sutherland and suspended a fabulous Moura Starr chandelier above it.  Displayed on the walls is a 2007 chromogenic print, Frigid Ferragosto 2, by Massimo Vitali; and an untitled 1964 oil by Lorser Feitelson.


The walls of the library are primarily paneled with zebrawood, which is continued on the ceilings.  The fireplace surround wall has been covered in Italian-glass mosaic tiles.  I particularly like the club chairs in here which are by Michael Berman, and are grouped around a table by Donghia.  The sophisticated design of this room is really appealing.


In the casual games room, again the rough-faced sandstone is used on the walls.  A cozy sunken conversation area has been created in front of the fireplace, while a generously scaled games table covered in leather serves as the heart of the room.


The Landry designed completely freestanding staircase spans the full height of the main house, four-floors from the garage below, all the way up to the roof terrace, not touching the walls at any point.  Phoenix added his touch by including nickel-plated rock-crystal sconces of his own design and selected the crowning chandelier from Moura Starr.


The master bedroom suite features rich contemporary design details.  The walls are covered in bleached zebrawood paneling highlighted from above by the ceilings cove lighting.  The fireplace surround here has been created using back-lit honey onyx which just glows at night.  The bed is of bespoke design, as are the zebrawood chests and cabinet at the end of the bed which holds the pop-up television.



In the master bathroom, Phoenix also used zebrawood for the vanity and mirrors.  The walls and floors have all been completed in white onyx, including some back-lit around the large tub, which I love!



Back downstairs, adjacent the fully equipped gym, is the home’s spa featuring plenty of luxury design.  The special ceiling design is a Venetian-plastered elliptical soffit which Landry designed to maintain a light ambiance.  The list of interior architecture special details is practically endless. The walls and floors are white marble and Bisazza tiles.  The space includes a pair of private massage rooms, wet and dry saunas, and a special cold/hot whirlpool bath that Landry designed with chromatherapy lights.



The home includes countless outdoor lounging and entertaining spaces included the two shown here.  The space shown in the top photo is located just beyond the gym and spa and features teak ceilings and teak furniture from David Sutherland.  The owner can continue along the path from here down the stairs to his private terraced orchard which he requested so he could pick his fruit fresh each morning.  The other outdoor space shown in the second photo is the heated loggia located adjacent to the living room, and serves for open air living and dining.



The rooftop terrace overlooks the pool and barbecue terrace, which includes an outdoor kitchen where the owner likes to host close family and friends.  The zero-edge pool flows into a tiled area fitted with fiber-optic up-lights that can be programmed to change color.


That concludes our design inspiration for today, my friends.  Thank you so much for reading along with me!

Architecture: Richard Landry

Interior Design: David Phoenix 

Photography by Erhard Pfeiffer


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    Wow! What an absolutely extraordinary residence this is. Richard Landry is evidently one talented architect to have designed a home as jaw-droppingly magnificent as this. I found it quite interesting how he designed the living room ceiling and spiral stairs to not touch the walls. It’s an unusual enough feature but it’s one that he has made work to fantastic effect.

    • JD Knight

      Hi Kon von der Schulenburg, Indeed Richard Landry is a superb architect. We have covered several of his homes on here. Yes… that custom staircase is really impressive. Im glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you so much for reading and commenting and I hope to hear from you again soon.

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