With more than 30,000 square feet of living space, it’s an architectural masterpiece with 400-year-old moorish columns in the upper gallery areas, 30-foot ceilings, 16th- and 17th-century Florentine carved ceilings, monolithic white walls, patterned stone floors, an Art Deco library with walls made from polished rare Macassar ebony, wooden doors from a Spanish monastery in the kitchen and antique carved stone fireplaces. Of course the art is magnificent: Inside, there is classic and contemporary art, and even includes Picasso’s Guernica. Chow is also a trustee at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, so it only makes sense she has such a fine collection.
Each museum-quality room is carefully curated with mixed materials and creates a blend of a gallery, artistic temple and sanctuary in one. The exterior is inspired by Spanish colonial architecture, but the entire home is a medley of various styles and design elements, but somehow comes together to look like a beautiful work of art.
“ The house is very much me and built with what I love,” says Eva Chow. “It has old stones, antique wood, gold leaf, creamy limestone, enough ceiling height, and walls to hang paintings. I like materials that will last forever; the house is built with stone and steel. The walls of the house are all a foot thick which gives the sound grounding feeling.”
There is also a three-story guest house, which features a large billiards and recreation area, a subterranean home theater, an outdoor ballroom and even its own pool. The underground theater also has a unique view: A peek into the pool through a glass window.
Safety is paramount and the home is set within a gated compound that is walled and camera-secured. The estate is set on one of the most expensive residential streets in Los Angeles: The Playboy Mansion is just down the road and Ellen DeGeneres and heiress Petra Ecclestone once called this area home.
The home is listed by Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland. View Listing
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