Gated Sophistication Meets Mediterranean Magic
When it comes to prestigious luxury living in Los Angeles, few neighborhoods possess the cultural cache of Bel Air. This world-famous neighborhood is located on the city’s highly desirable West Side, nestled among the canyons and ridges of the Santa Monica Mountain’s foothills.
Bel Air’s desirable location provides the neighborhood with some of the best weather in the city, ease of access to Los Angeles’ plethora of outdoor opportunities, and proximity to the many cultural offerings of nearby neighborhoods like Brentwood, Westwood, and Beverly Hills. The neighborhood is near the beaches, miles of urban hiking trails, world-class shopping and dining, and cultural institutions. For longer trips, Los Angeles International Airport is just about 10 miles to the south.
Since its founding in the 1920s by Alphonzo Bell, Bel Air has historically served as the neighborhood of choice for the elite of Los Angeles. The late President Ronald Reagan and pop icon Beyoncé Knowles are just two of the most notable residents to call this private, guard-gated community their home. Truly, there are few neighborhoods in the world that can provide its residents with the unique combination of private serenity and cosmopolitan big city benefits like Bel Air.
Gated Sophistication in Bel Air’s Moraga Estates
A wonderful example of Bel Air’s world-class gated sophistication is the neighborhood’s Moraga Estates. This section of Bel Air provides luxury home buyers with excellent real estate opportunities and the guard-gated privacy to enjoy them.
The expansive Italian Villa style of 1244 Moraga Drive makes it stand out amongst its many breathtaking neighbors. This gorgeous home is built on a rare double lot located in the heart of Bel Air. With its gorgeous exterior, luxurious interiors, and breathtaking natural setting, this home is a must-see for luxury homebuyers in Los Angeles.
The eastern portion of Bel Air is known for its collection of historic luxury homes while the western end features a concentration of modern construction. Built in 2002,1244 Moraga Dr. is one of the newest homes in Moraga Estates. This property was previously home to oil tycoon and philanthropist Howard B. Keck, whose name is emblazoned on everything from the School of Medicine at University of Southern California to a telescope on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano.
Take one look around the property at 1244 Moraga Dr. and it’s not a surprise Keck chose this site for his estate as the developers of the entire area. At nearly four acres, the property is expansive and is surrounded by thick foliage that provides privacy and beautiful scenery. It also features well-manicured gardens throughout the property. There are sweeping views of the surrounding hills and canyons.
Outdoor Space That’s Rare in Bel Air
One of the most notable features of the property is its sprawling green lawn. It stretches from outdoor stairs leading from the rear of the residence all the way to the pool and lounge to the south. The lawn is so large that it’s nearly the size of most neighboring lots in Bel Air! To the east end of the property is a steep elevation, stretching up the side of a ridge. Staircases provide access to the highest points of the terraced hillside.
South of the large lawn is 1244 Moraga Dr.’s luxurious pool and lounge area. This area includes a large guest house with columned entrances, kitchen, one bedroom, and two bathrooms. The inviting outdoor areas are outfitted with state-of-the-art sound and AV systems from the world-renowned audio innovators Creston Electronics. The home has two balcony areas, the larger facing south and a smaller facing the east.
Modern Home with Sophisticated Interiors
With nine bedrooms and six bathrooms, there’s plenty of living space in the 14,700 square foot residence at 1244 Moraga Dr. The rooms of this expansive villa-style home feature soaring ceilings and delicate architectural flourishes including sophisticated finishes, curved archways and windows, and herringbone patterned hardwood floors. The floorplan of the home is designed with a formal quality in mind, but also creates a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for residents and guests.
A formal dining room and living room are the ideal locations for entertaining – and with a 10-car motor court and an attached six-car garage, there’s plenty of parking for your next dinner party. The home also features an office that can easily double as a library, with a fireplace adding a cozy atmosphere to the room. There’s also a walk-in bar and the magnificent master bedroom suite also features a fireplace.
Combining a uniquely-sized Bel Air double lot with a marvelous recently-constructed modern home, 1244 Moraga Dr. perfectly combines modern Mediterranean style with private gated sophistication.
Joyce Rey is the exclusive agent representing the Beverly Hills, California real estate market as a member of the Haute Residence Real Estate Network. View all of her listings here.