We’re definitely not in Kansas anymore. We’re in California's Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Laguna Beach and Hollywood Hills. Each is an emerald city all of its own with some of the most spectacular, glass-walled homes ever built, surpassing in that Cali way the most creative of imaginations.
Each of the homes named below is a yellow brick on the realty road to Oz. And so, as we follow that yellow brick road, let's peer through the looking glass into those private, glass-walled luxury residences that would undeniably leave Gatsby himself speechless.
Bel Air, California
This Bel Air mega mansion would make the Fresh Prince of Bel Air turn crimson from embarrassment (the Fresh Prince's mansion being quite inadequate in comparison to this Bel Air real estate masterpiece). Located in an ultra-exclusive Bel Air enclave, this four-level residence majestically sits as the avalon that it is, enhanced by 270-degree unobstructed views extending from the mountains to the Pacific Ocean with the lit-up Los Angeles skyline stretched in-between. It boasts 38,000 square feet of home plus 17,000 square feet of outdoor decks.
There are two master suites, ten oversized VIP guest suites, twenty-one luxury bathrooms, three gourmet kitchens, five bars and an amazing assortment of luxe amenities: massage studio/wellness spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, 85-foot glass tile infinity swimming pool, 40-seat 4K Dolby Atmos Theater, 4 lane bowling alley/lounge, auto gallery with cars worth more than $30M.
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my . . . there's more! A 7-person full time staff, over 100 curated art installations, an outdoor pop-up theater, two fully-stocked champagne/wine cellars, a massive candy wall, and, last but not least, one of the most advanced home tech systems in the world. Listing price is $250M.
Beverly Hills, California
Dubbed The Opus, this masterpiece was designed by world-renowned architect, Paul McClean, and easily retains its legendary status on Billionaire's Row. This outdoor-indoor oasis is over one acre with jaw-dropping views. It is located on Hillcrest Rd - the exquisite street-with-a-view that undoubtedly boasts Beverly Hills 90210 swagger at its very best.
This 21st-century design brought to the real estate forefront by Paul McClean has soaring 12-foot ceilings, automated walls of glass open with a touch of button, the most impressive master suite with dual baths, six additional bedrooms and nine baths, a Cristal Champagne room, massive infinity edge pool, and a sky bridge. Certainly, this modern real estate masterpiece has brought the Land Of Oz to Beverly Hills.
And just when you thought there's no way there can be more, think again! This home of homes has the most Oz-like amenities that include a wellness center with a full beauty salon, hot/cold plunge and massage room, car museum, state-of-the-art screening room, and complete home automation with Savant. Listing price is $77.5M.
Laguna Beach, California
This stunning oceanfront modern oasis enjoys a coveted location on the pristine sands of Lagunita, a gated community just a short distance from the celebrated Montage Resort.
It's nearly 6,000 square-foot interior is defined by glossy white Terrazzo flooring, dramatic high ceilings that enhance the spaciousness of the interior, and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass (custom-made by Victrosca) that elegantly slide open to bring the outdoors in, making this property an indoor/outdoor nirvana.
Stroll out onto the home’s exterior grounds covering almost 3,000 square feet and encounter an ocean-view courtyard, a full outdoor kitchen, mosaic infinity pool with a waterfall, lawn and beach gate. Listing price is $16,995,000.
Hollywood Hills West, California
Imagine if a path made of yellow bricks -symbolic of luxurious living- were aligned in such a way that led to a hilltop in Hollywood Hills West. Imagine further that the Wizard of Oz joined forces with the Real Estate Gods to build a 10,700-square-foot mansion, as homage to the famed Sunset Strip. The Result? The most modern sexy masterpiece ever constructed, dubbed The Stanley House. It sits perched in the hillside on about a third of an acre above the Sunset Strip with explosive 270 degree city and ocean views.
Lenny Kravitz (yes, that Lenny Kravitz, the retro rocker) of Kravitz Design contributed to the interior's alluring ambience. Branden Williams, an agent at Hilton & Hyland, affirmed that "[t]he most important aspect [of The Stanley House] was to create a property with soul and vibe. We wanted to create history and that’s why we worked with none other than Lenny Kravitz and his firm, Kravitz Design, to achieve all of this.”
A stairway (think Stairway To Heaven here) connects three levels of living space, which span outdoors via numerous terraces and patios. There are five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, including a multi-room master suite. Features include marble walls and glass-sheathed walls, and a lower-level nightclub.
The property's location itself is also celebrated. Rayni Williams, also an agent at Hilton & Hyland, confirmed that “[t]he location is everything and when you’re selling a house this unique off the Sunset Strip in the legendary Hollywood Hills, your job becomes that much easier. We are surrounded by the titans of the industry and with the expansive views found in virtually every room, we have the recipe for another record-breaking sale." Listing price is $38M.
Oz himself would certainly have to agree that there's no place like these Californian glass-walled luxury homes!
Top image courtesy of McClean Design; design by Paul McClean.