Celebrity Homes

Ray Kappe Beverly Hills masterpiece hits the market

In the heart of Beverly Hills, a remarkable property crafted by the esteemed Ray Kappe, the founding director of the Southern California Institute of Architecture, stands as a testament to modernist design.

Julian Reis, its current owner, has been endeavouring to find a new custodian for this architectural gem for almost a year, according to the Robb Report.

The residence, one of Kappe’s final creations before his passing in November 2019 at the age of 92, encapsulates contemporary elegance with a history rich in architectural innovation.

Originally hitting the market with a price tag of US$22 million and once available for rent at US$35,000 per month, the estate has seen a price adjustment to just under US$16 million in its latest offer.

Julian Reis, the Chief Executive Officer of SuperOrdinary and co-founder of the global beauty brand Skin Laundry, faces a potential loss on the investment, having acquired it for US$19 million from LA-based hotelier Bob Ghassemieh in the winter of 2021.

Sequestered behind a gated driveway and enveloped by lush hedges, the property sprawls across nearly three-quarters of an acre atop a promontory with views over Benedict Canyon.

A mere stone’s throw from The Beverly Hills Hotel, its secluded location offers unparalleled privacy and serenity.

The estate boasts an architectural marvel of wood and glass, featuring six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and living spaces that span 836sq m adorned with concrete, redwood, and teak accents.

Luxury is redefined within its walls, from a glass elevator connecting all three floors to expansive walls perfect for art displays, a gym, a home theatre, and a climate-controlled wine cellar.

The entryway, marked by a serene water feature, leads to an open-plan living area with lounge spaces bordered by Fleetwood sliding glass doors, revealing a meticulously landscaped backyard.

The Bulthaup kitchen, a paradigm of modern design, features an eat-in island and seamlessly integrated appliances.

The master suite, an oasis of tranquility, offers dual private balconies with panoramic views of the city, canyon, and ocean, alongside sumptuous walk-in closets and a luxurious bathroom.

The outdoor area is an entertainer’s dream, complete with a pool, spa, pool house, barbecue station, and a ‘secret’ pergola, all set within verdant surroundings.

Additional amenities include a one-bedroom guesthouse, a spacious motorcourt, and a three-car garage, ensuring both privacy and prestige.

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