Trousdale Estates is a treasure trove of architectural bliss stashed away in the hills north of Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Originally part of the Doheny Ranch, Paul Trousdale purchased 429 acres in 1954 and began carefully plotting out the 532 lots that would become Trousdale Estates. Wallace Neff, Paul Williams, Harold Levitt, and Frank Lloyd Wright were among many of the renowned architects to design the early residences and establish the neighborhood’s reputation as an architectural enclave.
Trousdale Estates touted a “life above it all” and quickly became one of Los Angeles’ hottest neighborhoods and attracted the likes of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jane Fonda, and Elton John. In a move to add a bit of Presidential prestige, developers sold Richard Nixon a home for a third of its value, though Nixon’s neighbor, Groucho Marx, joked “I’d rather have Nixon in that house than the other House.” Today, the neighborhood’s star power continues with celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Vera Wang, Ryan Seacrest, and Ellen DeGeneres calling Trousdale home in recent years.
The late 70’s marked what felt like the beginning of the end of California Modernism in Trousdale when the first home was razed and replaced with an ephemeral contemporary design covered in stucco. Several homes met the same fate until the early 2000’s when young Hollywood began to take notice of their architectural significance and began buying up and renovating the properties, creating architectural trophy homes.
Below are three architectural Trousdale homes for sale, represented by Hilton & Hyland, that have been masterfully reinterpreted, maintaining a careful balance of mid-century design with modern materials and conveniences.
This home’s free flowing floor plan reflects the traditional California Lifestyle of the 60’s with a modern influence. The pool and spa give you the sense of looking at David Hockeny painting and overlooks the city and ocean below. A spacious master suite shares the stunning views, large closets, and a spa like master bath. Additional home features include newly remodeled kitchen, additional 3 bedrooms and baths, and a gate for added privacy and security.
Tucked away on one of the best streets in Trousdale, known for its privacy, you enter this completely renovated estate through a private gated motor court with fountains lining the entryway. Expansive living spaces with floor to ceiling windows that open to the explosive city and ocean views and a backyard with entertaining area, sparkling pool, spa and outdoor shower. Kitchen and living areas are complete with state-of-the-art media and Creston home automation systems. Total of 5 bedrooms: 3 en-suite guest rooms, and a large maid’s quarters. The incredible master suite has a sitting room with a cocktail bar, spa with massage and steam room, luxurious bath, and dual walk-in closets.
Chic and sophisticated, this dynamic modern home by DIJ Group features Fleetwood windows that pocket to reveal expansive views to Beverly Hills and the Pacific Ocean. This recently renovated view estate boasts every amenity including 4 bedrooms with ensuite baths, gourmet kitchen, media room with wine chiller, and a smart house automation system. The gorgeous master bath with book matched Calacatta slabs and Gessi fixtures over looks salt water infinity pool and views to the city and beyond. A unique LED lighting system provides colorful ambient lighting on architectural details.