Los Angeles-based architect Marc Whipple is adept at designing houses with some drama. On Los Tilos road in the Hollywood Hills, one of his modern homes is currently on the market for $12,950,000 (£9,875,500). This minimalist mansion is formed on a stepped terrace, layered with exterior staircases and outdoor entertaining spaces, all wrapped up in 220 degree views stretching from the Hollywood Sign to the Pacific Ocean.
The house is located in the Outpost Estates, which borders Mulholland Drive to the north and Franklin Avenue to the south, claiming the best value real estate in the Hollywood Hills. It is also the area’s oldest enclave, home to the very first house built in the Hollywood Hills in 1853 where the owner of the Los Angeles Times opened a clubhouse named, ‘The Outpost’. People soon flocked to the neighbourhood, which now numbers some 450 homes.
It’s no wonder therefore that this house was designed with entertaining in mind. Open-plan living and dining spaces are tiled with Italian porcelain and kitted out with Leicht-designed cabinetry and Miele appliances. The architecture frames views for guests at every arrival point, whilst swathes of glazing open up for seamless indoor-to-outdoor living across 5,000 additional square feet of outside space.
Evoking contemporary Californian cool with clean lines, the house has been designed for the West Coast lifestyle; from yoga at sunrise to dining with friends at sunset. The main living space opens up to either an outdoor cooking and dining space with an open fire, or to a serene courtyard oasis layered with green plants.
For the owner of this house, even waking up in the master suite is sure to inspire. Designed as a floating glass box, the master bedroom places you in the heart of Hollywood with views across the city and direct access to the infinity pool for your morning dip. The house also features a gym, a wine room and a spacious screening theatre for movie-lovers.