A grand estate can serve as a tribute to the architect, the interior designer, or even the landscape designer—long after they’re gone.
This Tuscan-style villa in the heart of LA’s lower Bel-Air neighborhood is in many ways a tribute to all three.
Built in the late 1920s, the residence is credited to early architect Mark Roy Daniels, who was a master planner for Bel-Air and influenced by his travels abroad. As a city planner, he also shaped communities in the San Francisco and Monterey Peninsula areas.
The interior comes from the creative mind of the 80s influencer Kalef Alaton, who employed artisans from Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast to give the villa an authentic Italian feel. Hailed as a ‘design legend’ and ‘ahead of its time’, he had an affinity for 1920s glamor and Mediterranean style.
The park-like grounds, which include expansive lawns, formal gardens, and specimen trees, are part of the legacy of landscape designer David Jones.
Jones, who regularly visited the White House to arrange flowers for first ladies Mamie Eisenhower, Jackie Kennedy and Betty Ford, became Nancy Reagan’s personal florist and confidant. His romantic floral displays caught the eye of Hollywood and his celebrity list would expand to include Elizabeth Taylor, Tony Curtis and Joan Rivers.
Priced at $39.5 million, 500 Perugia Way is known as Il Sogno, meaning “the dream.” Hilton & Hyland’s listing agent Linda May finds the name an apt description, citing the estate’s “complete privacy” and “beautiful appointments” among numerous reasons.
The residence is located behind hand-forged gates and is accessed via a circular motor track.
A dramatic entrance hall with terracotta beamed ceiling and white marble floors sets the tone for the classic villa.
The formal living room is a detailed study with its ornate hand-painted beamed ceiling and one of the house’s six carved fireplaces. Floor to ceiling arched French doors open to a porch with a fountain and flowering vines.
The formal dining room is enclosed with floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors opening onto a loggia.
A large intricately painted skylight tops the vaulted ceiling in the paneled library, which is lined with red-tinted cabinets sealed with 17 coats of lacquer.
A standout space among the 10,607 square feet of interiors is the Orangerie – an elegant space for entertaining with vaulted glass ceilings, marble floors and a brasserie-style bar. Tall arched windows overlook the gardens.
The primary bedroom suite looks like it came from a Palladian villa in the Veneto region of Italy. A team of artists from Rome hand painted the frescoes that adorn the vaulted ceiling, walls and wooden floors.
The suite’s arched French doors open onto a private patio with a fountain. Double bathrooms, cedar-lined walk-in closets, and a sitting area with a fireplace complete the space.
A staircase leads to the second floor with additional bedroom suites and a family room with a wooden beamed ceiling, fireplace and terrace. Rooms overlook golf courses and UCLA’s red tile roofs.
The lower level contains a masonry wine cellar and tasting room.
Additional features include a four-car garage, bonus room, two offices and a gym with a bathroom for a total of six bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
A tiled pool, sunken cave spa, and fountains also grace the one-acre property.