Discover the inimitable Carla Residence, designed by the visionary Rex Lotery. This iconic property has been expertly restored by the celebrated design firm, Simo Design. The multi-year renovation resulted in an exceptional outcome. Prior to Simo Design’s involvement, the property had sadly fallen into disrepair since its original construction in 1965. The re-imagination of the Carla Residence included reestablishing classic mid-century design elements. 1700 Carla Ridge in Beverly Hills is listed for $14,995,000 by Justin Paul Huchel and Drew Fenton at Carolwood Estates.
The saga of the Trousdale estates stretches back to the 1950s when the concept was originally developed by Paul Trousdale. Influential architects such as Paul R. Williams, Frank Lloyd Wright, and A. Quincy Jones contributed to the first homes. All of the properties radiated a quintessential mid-century charm that has inspired modern architects for decades. The restoration of the Carla Residence symbolizes a commitment to preserving Beverly Hills history.
Situated on a sprawling acre lot, this residence offers complete privacy, featuring a grand motor court meticulously crafted from hand-cut granite cobblestones. A captivating entry unfolds through a landscaped flagstone atrium, adorned with a discreet water feature, thereby setting the stage for an unparalleled mid-century gem. Remarkably distinct in its design, the property unfolds across three levels, with soaring ceilings accentuated by the distinctive clerestory windows, a signature touch by Lotery.
The original concrete block and redwood siding had lost its texture after undergoing numerous layers of paint, had. Recognizing the importance of preserving the authenticity of these materials, the design team prioritized this restoration. The interplay of texture, light, and color that defined (and defines) the home was the result of the combination of the rich redwood siding and the geometric texture of the concrete block.
In addition to the siding, the abode is adorned with timeless and elegant finishes, including exquisite Belgian Oak wood floors and opulent bronze fixtures. The kitchen is a true work of art, showcasing wood-paneled aesthetics paired with a Breccia marble deep-honed countertop, a waterfall island, and an integrated sink.
The living and dining areas are unmistakably reflective of Rex Lotery’s design ethos. These spaces feature soaring ceilings that bathe the interiors in natural light, with the living room boasting an original wood-burning fireplace. Panoramic views unfold from every room, providing glimpses of the stunning grounds beyond.
Reaching the upper level, the primary suite resides in intentional seclusion. This private haven encompasses an adjoining lounge, expansive closets, and a large bath adorned with Ceppo Extra honed marble throughout.
The grounds of this exceptional property are nothing short of breathtaking, with a verdant grassy yard and magnificent coral tree shades creating an idyllic setting for al fresco dining. The mid-century saltwater pool boasts its original design and offers stunning views.
Simo Design shares a bit of their philosophy in the statement, “The unique ability of great architecture and design is to be timeless.” Their restoration endeavors sought to revive the significant original elements, while the renovation phase introduced new materials that complemented and supported these crucial details. The challenge lay in restoring the property to Lottery’s original intentions while simultaneously conducting respectful renovations to align with contemporary living demands.
In every aspect, this residence stands as a rare and refined testament to architectural excellence and timeless sophistication.
Listing: 1700 Carla Rdg, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 [Carolwood Estates]