Set on 1.6 acres in the prime Estate section of Beverly Hills, 601 Mountain might be better known as the longtime address of iconic entertainer Dean Martin. Purchased in the 1950’s with wife Jeanne Martin for the modest amount of $120,000, the celebrity couple expanded their wood and fieldstone ‘dream ranch’ into a more livable 12,000 square feet abode that they lovingly called home for 2 decades.
Naturally, over time, property needs change and the 90’s bought in a new wave of power players and the enviable address came under the ownership of late commercial real estate developer Guilford Glazer. With the Martin property razed, the Glazers commissioned revered California architect Fred Briggs and together they embarked on a truly bespoke home that reflected the couple’s sense of scale and utility.
As a developer of major malls Glazer replicated the height, structure and a general resplendent nature throughout the house, but any further visual comparisons to his commercial ventures are misplaced. At approximately 27,500sqft, the home draws from a very modern aesthetic. The board-form concrete walls are reminiscent of the Bauhaus period, a medium that currently features throughout the sought-after work of Tadao Ando. Softer stonework appears in the two-story atrium, a nod to Lloyd-Wright’s block work, and the long, angular hallways and dark art-filled recesses add a Brutalist energy (a movement that AD has tapped for the next most collectable genre).
So while the 90’s as a decade may not architecturally speak to all, it was an era that ushered in the ‘Starchitect’ and the rise of American Modernism and Neo-Futurism. Hadid, Rogers, Geary and Meier, launched venerable careers through their Museum work, in fact Richard Meier’s Getty Center and Briggs’ work share many visual cues and it’s this that lauds the Glazer Estate it’s ‘Museum Modern’ moniker.
601 Mountain showcases large teak doors, a two-story atrium, a ballroom, formal dining room, semi-circular glass enclosed junior dining room and vast entertainment spaces that can host a 1,000 people. There is an indoor pool as well as a 98-foot outdoor swimmer’s pool. Dramatic water features run throughout, including a series of ponds and multi-level waterfalls all perfectly situated on park-like grounds. For future buyers that may want to update the home, Harrison Design has developed renderings to guide you, preserving the Glazer/Briggs legacy while ensuring this unique home a notable future.
601 Mountain Dr | Beverly Hills
Offered at $58,000,000
Jeff Hyland and Drew Fenton Represent the Listing