A Paul R. Williams-designed estate in the coveted Lower Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles has hit the market for the first time in decades, asking for $19.8 million.
Williams (1894-1980) was a trailblazing Black architect, who designed homes for many celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Lon Chaney, Barbara Stanwyck and Charles Correll, as well as iconic hotels and public buildings in Los Angeles.
The 6,007-square-foot house, designed in 1942, has many of the architect’s signature features, including a grand two-story entry leading to a center hall with a sweeping staircase, according to Richard Klug of Sotheby’s International Realty, who listed the property last week.
“The traditional center hall floor plan is often seen in mansions in Connecticut,” Mr. Klug said. “The sweeping stairs are handmade, each stair is different.”
The classic living room features a fireplace and overlooks fountains and greenery. There is a formal dining room, an open family room with a bar and a solarium with a fireplace. Two separate dens are also enhanced with fireplaces, according to the listing.
The home has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and a large, finished attic space that can be used as an additional guest room or an office, according to the listing.
The 1.48-acre gated compound, landscaped with lush gardens and mature trees, has a standalone guest house, a pool and a tennis court, according to the listing.
The home has not changed hands for at least four decades, according to Mr. Klug, who declined to disclose the identity of the seller.
Property records list the owner as a trust linked to a founder of a biotech company, who could not be reached for comment.
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