There’s a Life-Size Chess Set at This Newly Listed Mid-Century Gem in Los Feliz, California

Hidden away behind gates and at the end of a sweeping private driveway, a Los Angeles mansion that pairs its Mid-Century Modern roots with a tropical style has come to the market for a hair under $8 million.

Set in the city’s Los Feliz neighborhood, the four-bedroom property—whose most unusual feature might be its outdoor life-size chess set—is described as “elegant” and “sexy” in its listing with Dorothy Carter and Michael Orland of Douglas Elliman, who brought the home to the market last week.

“Since the pandemic, we have noticed a shift towards embracing and living the California lifestyle,” Ms. Carter said. “Our homes are true blends of daily living combined with our work space and vacation getaways.”

This home delivers on every level, she said. “As the gates close behind you, you are transported into a living experience rarely seen in the middle of the city.” 

Loaded with standout bespoke details including coffered walnut ceilings, limestone flooring and white onyx skylights, as well as high-end amenities, the property is billed as “a one-of-a-kind retreat.”

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It has an indoor-outdoor screening room, a private office with a sitting area, a rooftop entertainment deck with city views, and a primary bedroom suite on its own floor along with a viewing deck that’s “perfect for entertaining,” according to Mr. Orland. 

As far as the interiors go, its mid-century aesthetic and tropical modernism work in harmony, Mr. Orland said. 

“You are immediately struck by floor-to-ceiling walls of glass that open seamlessly to your completely private tropical resort-like yard, sparkling pool and striking guest house,” he added. 

Within the guest house, a built-in bar and temperature-controlled wine room can be found. 

The owners, who could not be reached for comment, have owned the home since 2014, records with PropertyShark show.  

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They paid $2.65 million for the house—which at the time was a three-bedroom spread in need of substantial updates—before overhauling the property into its existing incarnation. 

Across Los Angeles, demand for high-end single-family homes—meaning those priced in excess of $5 million—has surged, with the number of contracts signed up 55.1% annually in June, according to data released Friday by Douglas Elliman.

At the same time, the number of new listings coming online of the same property type has slumped 17%, the figures showed, underlining the nationwide gap between supply and demand.

Article Source: Mansion Global