Ah, house hunting. You see everything from your dream home to your basic nightmare. My boyfriend and I have been scouring the real estate section in search of some new digs. Our taste runs in a mid-century modern vein and luckily, Los Angeles, home to modern masters Richard Neutra and Rudolf Schindler, has a lot of what he and I like to call geometric-lite architecture to choose from. Of course, sometimes you see a house on the market that makes you question your clean-line design principles and ask yourself, “Do I need to live in a mini-Versailles?”
This was the question I found myself pondering when I saw that the famed Chateau D’Or was back on the market. As we read the listing on Redfin, I swear I heard Robin Leach giving us the run-down. Completed in 1997, this 15 bedroom palatial estate in Bel Air boasts a 600-foot cobblestone driveway that leads right up to multi-columned front entrance. The manse itself is a study in opulence with gilded moldings, multiple fireplaces, and sweeping marble staircases—perfect for a real Hollywood entrance before say, entertaining in the formal dining room, which seats oh, 50 (or more) guests. And hey, should you get tired of the dining room, why not enjoy breakfast or lunch in the sunlit gazebo? A lavish master bedroom features dual baths while guests may catch a little R&R in a variety of guest bedrooms. Of course staff quarters are also on the property. Let’s face it. A house of this magnitude doesn’t just run itself.
The 2.5 acre grounds are equally impressive with “with exotic gardens, a spectacular cupola-covered pavilion, a lighted championship tennis court, 2-story guest house and large motorcourt.” The house itself is currently listed for $39,995,000 but hey, did I mention the koi pond?
10451 Revuelta Way, Los Angeles, CA 90077