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Situated behind grand double gates, up a long driveway, and set back from the street on prestigious Sunset Boulevard, this Exceptional Mediterranean Villa with over 8,500 sq.ft. of living space is sited on over half an acre of beautiful park-like grounds. This stunning estate was constructed with tremendous attention to detail and the finest craftsmanship, and offers incredible scale with high ceilings, generous public rooms, beautiful appointments, and luxurious details. Enter the estate through double doors to a two-story Grand Salon featuring an elegant double “flying” staircase. The Grand Salon connects the many public rooms on the main level including gorgeous step-down living room with fireplace; family room with fireplace, built-ins, and bar; elegant formal dining room; and large gourmet kitchen with professional appliances, long center island, and lovely rotunda breakfast room. The French doors and windows throughout allow the light-filled environment to integrate with the beautiful lush exterior and open to patios and balconies that encircle the home. The high ceilings, fabulous wall space, niches, and built-ins throughout are ideal for displaying fine art and collectibles. Also included on the main level is a library, powder room, laundry room, maids quarters, and guest bedroom suite. Ascend the staircase or take the unique vacuum elevator to the upper landing that connects the four upstairs luxurious bedroom suites including the master suite. The sumptuous master suite is a private retreat and much like a separate residence with its own formal entry, sitting room, wet bar, fireplace, patio, dual baths, and fabulous custom walk-in dressing room. The grounds offer a dazzling setting, featuring patios, lawns, flawlessly manicured landscaping, towering trees, and a charming reflection pool with water features. This classic estate is truly an exquisite property, an absolute treasure in the heart of Beverly Hills.

Situated behind grand double gates, up a long driveway, and set back from the street on prestigious Sunset Boulevard, this Exceptional Mediterranean Villa with over 8,500 sq.ft. of living space is sited on over half an acre of beautiful park-like grounds. This stunning estate was constructed with tremendous attention to detail and the finest craftsmanship, and offers incredible scale with high ceilings, generous public rooms, beautiful appointments, and luxurious details.

Enter the estate through double doors to a two-story Grand Salon featuring an elegant double “flying” staircase. The Grand Salon connects the many public rooms on the main level including gorgeous step-down living room with fireplace; family room with fireplace, built-ins, and bar; elegant formal dining room; and large gourmet kitchen with professional appliances, long center island, and lovely rotunda breakfast room. The French doors and windows throughout allow the light-filled environment to integrate with the beautiful lush exterior and open to patios and balconies that encircle the home. The high ceilings, fabulous wall space, niches, and built-ins throughout are ideal for displaying fine art and collectibles. Also included on the main level is a library, powder room, laundry room, maids quarters, and guest bedroom suite.

Ascend the staircase or take the unique vacuum elevator to the upper landing that connects the four upstairs luxurious bedroom suites including the master suite. The sumptuous master suite is a private retreat and much like a separate residence with its own formal entry, sitting room, wet bar, fireplace, patio, dual baths, and fabulous custom walk-in dressing room.

The grounds offer a dazzling setting, featuring patios, lawns, flawlessly manicured landscaping, towering trees, and a charming reflection pool with water features. This classic estate is truly an exquisite property, an absolute treasure in the heart of Beverly Hills.

Pass over a gentle stream into this private estate, nestled among the hills of beautiful Ramirez Canyon. Skillfully manicured acreage and mature trees surround this contemporary ranch compound. Bathed in natural light, it’s open floor plan offers an exceptional blend of clean modern amenities and rustic elegance. Expansive views and endless lawns give you a feeling of seclusion and privacy second to none. Reclaimed light oak floors, custom cabinetry, commercial grade appliances, digital phone system, tank-less water heaters, professional recording studio, and a detached guest house are some of the many features this property has to offer. Sale includes second legal parcel of approx 4.5 acres for a combined total of over 11 acres.

Pass over a gentle stream into this private estate, nestled among the hills of beautiful Ramirez Canyon. Skillfully manicured acreage and mature trees surround this contemporary ranch compound. Bathed in natural light, it’s open floor plan offers an exceptional blend of clean modern amenities and rustic elegance. Expansive views and endless lawns give you a feeling of seclusion and privacy second to none. Reclaimed light oak floors, custom cabinetry, commercial grade appliances, digital phone system, tank-less water heaters, professional recording studio, and a detached guest house are some of the many features this property has to offer. Sale includes second legal parcel of approx 4.5 acres for a combined total of over 11 acres.

Set on a sprawling 1,975m² site on Takapuna Beach this sensational waterfront residence is positioned to maximize the breath-taking sea, beach and Rangitoto Island views. Originally designed by Ron Sang and built of solid brick, the current owners have recently completed a magnificent renovation working together with Julian Guthrie of Godward Guthrie Architects. The result is an aesthetically spectacular balance of light-filled spaces with clean lines, floor to ceiling glass, bleached floors, both dramatic and intimate beach and sea views and fabulous tropical landscaping. In essence - one of the North Shore’s finest homes.

Set on a sprawling 1,975m² site on Takapuna Beach this sensational waterfront residence is positioned to maximize the breath-taking sea, beach and Rangitoto Island views. Originally designed by Ron Sang and built of solid brick, the current owners have recently completed a magnificent renovation working together with Julian Guthrie of Godward Guthrie Architects. The result is an aesthetically spectacular balance of light-filled spaces with clean lines, floor to ceiling glass, bleached floors, both dramatic and intimate beach and sea views and fabulous tropical landscaping. In essence - one of the North Shore’s finest homes.

Magical setting in Serra Retreat. Serene, secluded and private with over 7 thousand sq. ft. this home features 5 bd 5.5 ba. It has a chefs kitchen with professional grade appliances. Open and spacious this home is perfect for entertaining. The living, dining and guest cottage open to the lush backyard and pool area. Beyond lies a fruit orchard with avocados Haas and California, apple, tangerine, lemon, orange, plum, apricot and grapefruit. Walk through the vine covered pergola to the tennis and sport court. Serra Retreat is one of the most desired, private and unique settings in Malibu.

Magical setting in Serra Retreat. Serene, secluded and private with over 7 thousand sq. ft. this home features 5 bd 5.5 ba. It has a chefs kitchen with professional grade appliances. Open and spacious this home is perfect for entertaining. The living, dining and guest cottage open to the lush backyard and pool area. Beyond lies a fruit orchard with avocados Haas and California, apple, tangerine, lemon, orange, plum, apricot and grapefruit. Walk through the vine covered pergola to the tennis and sport court. Serra Retreat is one of the most desired, private and unique settings in Malibu.


This authentic Italian villa was inspired by the quaint village of Limano and designed by Brian Pinkett of Landry Design Group. Villa Limano rests upon one of the most long sought after promontories in Malibu, with awe-inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Mountains, and Malibu Canyons that are truly unparalleled. The unobstructed views span from Point Dume to Palos Verdes to Catalina Island and beyond.
Just over two years old, this triumphant family home is perfect for entertaining and offers seclusion for the most private yet open spaces for the free spirited. Upon entering the gates of this European-feeling estate site, the sound of a crushed gravel motor court lined with Italian Cypress and Olive trees excites the senses. You are in a far away world. The first impression upon gazing at this home is its purist architectural integrity, using only the finest materials including natural lime plaster exterior walls and a reclaimed “Roman Pan” roof tiles. It’s simplicity of design is subtle elegance. Imported Italian doors and windows open the home to its natural and beautiful setting.
Crossing the front door threshold reveals the Great Room that expands with a magnificent Queen’s Necklace ocean view and soaring 22-foot high ceilings accented with archways and vaults that line the gallery. The walls are made of toxic free natural clay and the floors are limestone with a handsome leather finish. Custom walnut cabinetry beautifully and artistically conceals the entertainment system. Music fills the air inside and out, controlled by a sophisticated stereo system. A custom limestone fireplace adds warmth and the final touch to a formal yet comfortable living space.
The Country kitchen with its 20-foot butcher-block island is the gathering place where food is sampled and wine is enjoyed. Furnished with state of the art appliances that even a gourmet chef would covet, including Dual Sub Zeros, Wolfe range with two ovens and built-in warming drawers, a built in espresso machine by Miele, and dual Miele dishwashers provide all the tools and resources to entertain Malibu royalty.
The Master bedroom is the perfect beginning and the perfect ending to each and every day. Views of the rising sun over a sparkling blue and expansive sea vista greet the owners every morning. Luxuriate in the master bath spa and dress yourself in spacious his and hers closet wardrobes. A crackling fire in a custom limestone fireplace and a perfect sunset create a relaxing and romantic ending to the day.
Slip outside for a dip in the glass tiled pool or relax in the spa as you take in the views and the natural wonder that surrounds. Relax in the sun after your dip or retreat to the poolside cabana / guest quarters with a full bath and wet bar.
The home has four bedrooms, 5.5 baths, an office, pool spa, pool cabana / guest quarters, a three car garage, and is approximately 5,800 sq feet on approximately 15 acres. A specification list will be provided upon request.
This authentic Italian villa was inspired by the quaint village of Limano and designed by Brian Pinkett of Landry Design Group. Villa Limano rests upon one of the most long sought after promontories in Malibu, with awe-inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Mountains, and Malibu Canyons that are truly unparalleled. The unobstructed views span from Point Dume to Palos Verdes to Catalina Island and beyond.

Just over two years old, this triumphant family home is perfect for entertaining and offers seclusion for the most private yet open spaces for the free spirited. Upon entering the gates of this European-feeling estate site, the sound of a crushed gravel motor court lined with Italian Cypress and Olive trees excites the senses. You are in a far away world. The first impression upon gazing at this home is its purist architectural integrity, using only the finest materials including natural lime plaster exterior walls and a reclaimed “Roman Pan” roof tiles. It’s simplicity of design is subtle elegance. Imported Italian doors and windows open the home to its natural and beautiful setting.

Crossing the front door threshold reveals the Great Room that expands with a magnificent Queen’s Necklace ocean view and soaring 22-foot high ceilings accented with archways and vaults that line the gallery. The walls are made of toxic free natural clay and the floors are limestone with a handsome leather finish. Custom walnut cabinetry beautifully and artistically conceals the entertainment system. Music fills the air inside and out, controlled by a sophisticated stereo system. A custom limestone fireplace adds warmth and the final touch to a formal yet comfortable living space.

The Country kitchen with its 20-foot butcher-block island is the gathering place where food is sampled and wine is enjoyed. Furnished with state of the art appliances that even a gourmet chef would covet, including Dual Sub Zeros, Wolfe range with two ovens and built-in warming drawers, a built in espresso machine by Miele, and dual Miele dishwashers provide all the tools and resources to entertain Malibu royalty.

The Master bedroom is the perfect beginning and the perfect ending to each and every day. Views of the rising sun over a sparkling blue and expansive sea vista greet the owners every morning. Luxuriate in the master bath spa and dress yourself in spacious his and hers closet wardrobes. A crackling fire in a custom limestone fireplace and a perfect sunset create a relaxing and romantic ending to the day.

Slip outside for a dip in the glass tiled pool or relax in the spa as you take in the views and the natural wonder that surrounds. Relax in the sun after your dip or retreat to the poolside cabana / guest quarters with a full bath and wet bar.

The home has four bedrooms, 5.5 baths, an office, pool spa, pool cabana / guest quarters, a three car garage, and is approximately 5,800 sq feet on approximately 15 acres. A specification list will be provided upon request.
This charming Point Dume home keeps getting better and better. Light and airy main house features an open kitchen , fireplace and new built in cabinets. The updated guest house is a great place to hang out or have friends and family stay. New landscaping, enormous grassy yard, patios and fire pit, plus plans for a pool, makes for a super place to entertain. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac not far from great Malibu schools, shops and beaches.

This charming Point Dume home keeps getting better and better. Light and airy main house features an open kitchen , fireplace and new built in cabinets. The updated guest house is a great place to hang out or have friends and family stay. New landscaping, enormous grassy yard, patios and fire pit, plus plans for a pool, makes for a super place to entertain. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac not far from great Malibu schools, shops and beaches.

Magnificently designed, custom Marshall Lewis situated on approximately 65 feet of frontage on one of Malibu’s most private, dry sandy beaches.  With no expense or detail spared, this immaculate, well thought out modern home boasts 6 spacious bedroom suites, vaulted ceilings, a hyd​rolic elevator accessing all floors, built-ins and wonderful design elements throughout. Other fantastic features and conveniences include an indoor lap pool w/jets, surround sound in all rooms, outdoor beach shower  and direct access to beautiful guest quarters on upper and lower floors.  The home provides an abundance of natural light with balconies off of numerous rooms and exterior access to lower levels. Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean from the expansive deck space, perfect for entertaining. The home was also featured on Emmy award winning series Modern Family.

Magnificently designed, custom Marshall Lewis situated on approximately 65 feet of frontage on one of Malibu’s most private, dry sandy beaches.  With no expense or detail spared, this immaculate, well thought out modern home boasts 6 spacious bedroom suites, vaulted ceilings, a hyd​rolic elevator accessing all floors, built-ins and wonderful design elements throughout. Other fantastic features and conveniences include an indoor lap pool w/jets, surround sound in all rooms, outdoor beach shower  and direct access to beautiful guest quarters on upper and lower floors.  The home provides an abundance of natural light with balconies off of numerous rooms and exterior access to lower levels. Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean from the expansive deck space, perfect for entertaining. The home was also featured on Emmy award winning series Modern Family.

This spectacular, newly built oceanfront home is on over fifty feet of sandy Los Flores Beach. There is a perfect blend of design and function created by world renowned designer Michael Lee, constructed with the utmost attention to detail and quality craftsmanship. This home offers the finest amenities, from French hand carved limestone fireplaces to gorgeous Mahogany doors and windows, coral stone decks to French oak flooring. You will find style and grace throughout this open flowing floor plan, as well as, a cook’s kitchen featuring Viking appliances. Being at the beach has never felt so good.

This spectacular, newly built oceanfront home is on over fifty feet of sandy Los Flores Beach. There is a perfect blend of design and function created by world renowned designer Michael Lee, constructed with the utmost attention to detail and quality craftsmanship. This home offers the finest amenities, from French hand carved limestone fireplaces to gorgeous Mahogany doors and windows, coral stone decks to French oak flooring. You will find style and grace throughout this open flowing floor plan, as well as, a cook’s kitchen featuring Viking appliances. Being at the beach has never felt so good.

Malibu Road Historical beachfront residence located on approximately 115 feet of beach. This property is known as one of Malibu’s original beachfront residences and offers more than most beachfront homes with a double lot that gives you a home on one parcel and a landscaped garden on the other (2 separate legal parcels APN# 4458-013-041 and APN# 4458-013-042). The Hacienda style home has been meticulously restored and offers 3 bedrooms including an oceanside master suite, top of the line finishes, controlled private entry, Crestron Home Automation system, flat screen TV’s in every room, central heat and air conditioning, top of the line Viking Appliances and walls of glass doors. Warm and inviting living spaces that open to covered patios, expansive outdoor entertainment areas, private courtyard entry and located in a wonderful sandy section of Malibu Road.

Malibu Road Historical beachfront residence located on approximately 115 feet of beach. This property is known as one of Malibu’s original beachfront residences and offers more than most beachfront homes with a double lot that gives you a home on one parcel and a landscaped garden on the other (2 separate legal parcels APN# 4458-013-041 and APN# 4458-013-042). The Hacienda style home has been meticulously restored and offers 3 bedrooms including an oceanside master suite, top of the line finishes, controlled private entry, Crestron Home Automation system, flat screen TV’s in every room, central heat and air conditioning, top of the line Viking Appliances and walls of glass doors. Warm and inviting living spaces that open to covered patios, expansive outdoor entertainment areas, private courtyard entry and located in a wonderful sandy section of Malibu Road.

A rare and extraordinary estate nestled in prestigious Serra Retreat.  This property offers approximately 4.75 acres of natural beauty with towering trees, flowering gardens, Monet lily pond , lighted tennis court, large private pool with all of the necessary ingredients for entertaining. Property features a main home with gourmet kitchen designed by Wolfgang Puck, large master suite with spectacular ocean views,  living room, great room,  library, and Creston engineered home theater room with large projection screen, separate bath and kitchen.  The detached Guest house includes large kitchen, sitting room, several bedrooms, 5 car garage, private patio and rooftop deck.   Also includes dressage riding ring and nine stall barn.  Close to riding trails. Gated and private.

A rare and extraordinary estate nestled in prestigious Serra Retreat.  This property offers approximately 4.75 acres of natural beauty with towering trees, flowering gardens, Monet lily pond , lighted tennis court, large private pool with all of the necessary ingredients for entertaining. Property features a main home with gourmet kitchen designed by Wolfgang Puck, large master suite with spectacular ocean views,  living room, great room,  library, and Creston engineered home theater room with large projection screen, separate bath and kitchen.  The detached Guest house includes large kitchen, sitting room, several bedrooms, 5 car garage, private patio and rooftop deck.   Also includes dressage riding ring and nine stall barn.  Close to riding trails. Gated and private.

This architectural estate is beyond compare and surpasses the most discriminating expectation. Sitting on a dramatic ocean bluff, this impressive home opens to never ending views of the Pacific. The 11,741 SF property is supported by a combination of massive architectural elements rising over 40 feet which are in turn softened by lavish foliage weaving its way up to a backyard filled with delightful tranquility and impressive views of the Malibu coast; the outdoors feature a 62 foot Italian glass-tiled pool and separate 18 foot spa with automatic ozone cleaning systems. Interior includes a professional screening room, top-of-the-line chef’s kitchen, travertine flooring, and spectacular master suite. Ceilings are 14 feet tall, and throughout the home there are floor-to-ceiling glass doors, which provide a beautiful and seamless transition between the interior and exterior.

This architectural estate is beyond compare and surpasses the most discriminating expectation. Sitting on a dramatic ocean bluff, this impressive home opens to never ending views of the Pacific. The 11,741 SF property is supported by a combination of massive architectural elements rising over 40 feet which are in turn softened by lavish foliage weaving its way up to a backyard filled with delightful tranquility and impressive views of the Malibu coast; the outdoors feature a 62 foot Italian glass-tiled pool and separate 18 foot spa with automatic ozone cleaning systems. Interior includes a professional screening room, top-of-the-line chef’s kitchen, travertine flooring, and spectacular master suite. Ceilings are 14 feet tall, and throughout the home there are floor-to-ceiling glass doors, which provide a beautiful and seamless transition between the interior and exterior.

La Villa Contenta
 
Considered by many to be one of the great estates in the world, La Villa Contenta and its priceless furnishings is now available for long-term lease. Never before has an estate of this caliber and in this condition been made available in this way.
Located on nearly 8 bluff-top acres in the most prime area of Malibu, La Villa Contenta is a truly self-contained world. Upon entering the gated property, one travels down a long, gravel drive towards the main motor-court, which is comprised of many thousand tumbled black and cream granite stones, inter-set with grass. The effect is spectacular.
 
The Main Villa
 
Elegant stairs lead to the 2-story hand-carved limestone entry, which opens into a foyer whose floor is hand-laid pietra-dura mosaic made from antique, reclaimed marbles. On the wall hangs a museum-quality carved mirror by Thomas Chipendale, which reflects a 2,500-year-old lion’s head sculpture, found at the base of Mount Vesuvius.
Straight ahead is a double living-room, paneled in pale maple, and furnished impeccably with rare yet comfortable antiques and contemporary pieces. Off the living rooms is a long, private covered loggia over-looking an emerald lawn with the Pacific below – an outdoor living room which evokes the feeling of a villa in Anacapri.
La Villa Contenta’s main level also includes a dining room, library, family room/kitchen, and 2 powder bathrooms. The dining room comfortably seats 24 for dinner. The ceiling is intricately hand-carved from French limestone, and the room is appointed with George III furniture, and completed by a working fireplace. The room is made especially romantic as it is illuminated only by candle-light from its twin 18th-century chandeliers of amethyst and rock crystal.
The library, with a gothic groined ceiling and Hermés marble fireplace, invites visitors to settle down to read or engage in conversation. Flooded with sunlight through French doors that lead to the garden the room has a private bathroom, and could make an ideal office.
The kitchen is more rustic that the rest of the home, the kitchen is ideally-suited either for a private chef or for an enthusiastic home cook. With 18th century reclaimed floors and a stone fireplace, the room is a cozy place for friends and family to gather, on stools at the counter, in either of its seating areas, or in the solarium which has a dining table that seats 10.
The lower level which houses the billiards room, wine cellar, screening room and gym, can be accessed by either of 2 staircases or an elevator. The billiards room is paneled in English pine and bamboo, inset with rare paintings of Cates-inspired birds and foliage, and has a wet bar. The wine cellar, with its barrel-vaulted ceilings, has capacity to hold several thousand bottles. Through mirrored double doors lies a large, comfortably-furnished media room with a 14-foot screen. This level is completed by a fully-equipped gym, powder bathroom and laundry room.
On the upper floor is a master suite with fireplace, a very large private terrace over-looking the Pacific, and his-and-her bathrooms and closets. There are 3 additional bedrooms on this level – each with its own en-suite bathroom.
 
The Grounds
 
There is no lack of opportunity for activity or leisure on the grounds of La Villa Contenta. With countless secret gardens and seating areas, there are dozens of places to relax, read or entertain al fresco. Populated with hundreds of priceless specimen trees and rare plantings, the grounds are nothing short of awe-inspiring, with a diversity of landscapes including acres of manicured lawn, an exotic desert garden and a truly extraordinary rose garden which boasts over 1,000 rose bushes.
The outdoor “infinity” swimming pool is 25 meters in length and is entirely chlorine-free (it utilizes saline and ozone instead). The elegant double staircase leading to the pool area is bordered with rare agave plants and espalier figs. The travertine pool deck is ideal for intimate lounging and can also accommodate several hundred people for a grand party. The pool area also contains a state-of-the-art Viking kitchen with everything a home cook or a professional caterer could need.
The championship north-south facing tennis court is concealed by beautiful planting that cover its four walls, and it has a viewing deck so guests can relax and watch the game.
The kitchen garden, entirely organic and planted with a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs and cutting plants, is bountiful year-long. Down a hidden pathway, this secluded area containing 6 raised beds also has a charming sitting area and an arresting view of the Pacific.
 
Additional structures:
The Pool Pavilion
Perhaps one of the most beautiful buildings in America, this “natatorium” is inspired by grand European follies. Constructed of carved marble, the building is Romanesque in design, with a spectacular frieze over the doorway. The doors give way to a true “underwater” baroque fantasy comprised of about a million seashells. The pietra-dura entry hall is flanked by two elegant changing rooms – one for ladies (“Venus”) and the other for gentlemen (“Neptune”), each paneled in rare onyx and adorned with shells, with comfortable lounge areas, large steam showers and every amenity imaginable.
Tiled in Murano glass, the lap pool is equipped with swim jets to create the perfect, indoor swimming environment. But much more apparent is the beauty of the room itself – it is so ornate and remarkable that it is hard to imagine that it was built for swimming, rather than pure aesthetic enjoyment. With glass ceilings over 20-feet high, the room is a vision of fantastical marine life, with a hand-painted gesso mural, panels of intricate seashells and mirrored stars, outrageous shell-encrusted chandeliers resembling octopi and a massive golden onyx fireplace.
Through doors on one side lies a covered loggia adorned with hand-painted, whimsical sea-creatures, overlooking the outdoor swimming pool. On the other side is a sun-filled patio that sits next to a vast lawn area, suitable for soccer matches, croquet and glamorous picnics. Inside, mirrored doors lead to a catering kitchen and utility room containing sound and laundry equipment.
The Greenhouse
One of the largest private greenhouses in California, this glass and steel structure was designed to accommodate several thousand orchids and other delicate exotics. Two areas, separated by doors, created distinct growing environments for the true horticulturalist.
An outstanding desert garden with rare cacti and other specimen plantings lies between the Pool Pavilion and the Greenhouse, and the two buildings are connected by a very special walkway of travertine slabs “floating” on water.
The Guest House/Office
Currently used as an office, there is another large building on the property which could otherwise be used as a 6-bedroom house. With walls of polished green Venetian marble walls and Baccarat and Murano chandeliers, this is a fresh, lovely house with its own kitchen, laundry, parking area and staff quarters.
The Guest Suite
Hidden in a grove of ferns and other lush plants, lies a charming one-bedroom guest suite. Furnished in soothing tones and organic materials, this is the perfect “zen” getaway.
Staff Quarters
There are ample bedrooms and amenities for staff and security detail, with separate entrances to create maximum privacy.
La Villa Contenta
 
Considered by many to be one of the great estates in the world, La Villa Contenta and its priceless furnishings is now available for long-term lease. Never before has an estate of this caliber and in this condition been made available in this way.
Located on nearly 8 bluff-top acres in the most prime area of Malibu, La Villa Contenta is a truly self-contained world. Upon entering the gated property, one travels down a long, gravel drive towards the main motor-court, which is comprised of many thousand tumbled black and cream granite stones, inter-set with grass. The effect is spectacular.
 
The Main Villa
 
Elegant stairs lead to the 2-story hand-carved limestone entry, which opens into a foyer whose floor is hand-laid pietra-dura mosaic made from antique, reclaimed marbles. On the wall hangs a museum-quality carved mirror by Thomas Chipendale, which reflects a 2,500-year-old lion’s head sculpture, found at the base of Mount Vesuvius.
Straight ahead is a double living-room, paneled in pale maple, and furnished impeccably with rare yet comfortable antiques and contemporary pieces. Off the living rooms is a long, private covered loggia over-looking an emerald lawn with the Pacific below – an outdoor living room which evokes the feeling of a villa in Anacapri.
La Villa Contenta’s main level also includes a dining room, library, family room/kitchen, and 2 powder bathrooms. The dining room comfortably seats 24 for dinner. The ceiling is intricately hand-carved from French limestone, and the room is appointed with George III furniture, and completed by a working fireplace. The room is made especially romantic as it is illuminated only by candle-light from its twin 18th-century chandeliers of amethyst and rock crystal.
The library, with a gothic groined ceiling and Hermés marble fireplace, invites visitors to settle down to read or engage in conversation. Flooded with sunlight through French doors that lead to the garden the room has a private bathroom, and could make an ideal office.
The kitchen is more rustic that the rest of the home, the kitchen is ideally-suited either for a private chef or for an enthusiastic home cook. With 18th century reclaimed floors and a stone fireplace, the room is a cozy place for friends and family to gather, on stools at the counter, in either of its seating areas, or in the solarium which has a dining table that seats 10.
The lower level which houses the billiards room, wine cellar, screening room and gym, can be accessed by either of 2 staircases or an elevator. The billiards room is paneled in English pine and bamboo, inset with rare paintings of Cates-inspired birds and foliage, and has a wet bar. The wine cellar, with its barrel-vaulted ceilings, has capacity to hold several thousand bottles. Through mirrored double doors lies a large, comfortably-furnished media room with a 14-foot screen. This level is completed by a fully-equipped gym, powder bathroom and laundry room.
On the upper floor is a master suite with fireplace, a very large private terrace over-looking the Pacific, and his-and-her bathrooms and closets. There are 3 additional bedrooms on this level – each with its own en-suite bathroom.
 
The Grounds
 
There is no lack of opportunity for activity or leisure on the grounds of La Villa Contenta. With countless secret gardens and seating areas, there are dozens of places to relax, read or entertain al fresco. Populated with hundreds of priceless specimen trees and rare plantings, the grounds are nothing short of awe-inspiring, with a diversity of landscapes including acres of manicured lawn, an exotic desert garden and a truly extraordinary rose garden which boasts over 1,000 rose bushes.
The outdoor “infinity” swimming pool is 25 meters in length and is entirely chlorine-free (it utilizes saline and ozone instead). The elegant double staircase leading to the pool area is bordered with rare agave plants and espalier figs. The travertine pool deck is ideal for intimate lounging and can also accommodate several hundred people for a grand party. The pool area also contains a state-of-the-art Viking kitchen with everything a home cook or a professional caterer could need.
The championship north-south facing tennis court is concealed by beautiful planting that cover its four walls, and it has a viewing deck so guests can relax and watch the game.
The kitchen garden, entirely organic and planted with a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs and cutting plants, is bountiful year-long. Down a hidden pathway, this secluded area containing 6 raised beds also has a charming sitting area and an arresting view of the Pacific.
 
Additional structures:
The Pool Pavilion
Perhaps one of the most beautiful buildings in America, this “natatorium” is inspired by grand European follies. Constructed of carved marble, the building is Romanesque in design, with a spectacular frieze over the doorway. The doors give way to a true “underwater” baroque fantasy comprised of about a million seashells. The pietra-dura entry hall is flanked by two elegant changing rooms – one for ladies (“Venus”) and the other for gentlemen (“Neptune”), each paneled in rare onyx and adorned with shells, with comfortable lounge areas, large steam showers and every amenity imaginable.
Tiled in Murano glass, the lap pool is equipped with swim jets to create the perfect, indoor swimming environment. But much more apparent is the beauty of the room itself – it is so ornate and remarkable that it is hard to imagine that it was built for swimming, rather than pure aesthetic enjoyment. With glass ceilings over 20-feet high, the room is a vision of fantastical marine life, with a hand-painted gesso mural, panels of intricate seashells and mirrored stars, outrageous shell-encrusted chandeliers resembling octopi and a massive golden onyx fireplace.
Through doors on one side lies a covered loggia adorned with hand-painted, whimsical sea-creatures, overlooking the outdoor swimming pool. On the other side is a sun-filled patio that sits next to a vast lawn area, suitable for soccer matches, croquet and glamorous picnics. Inside, mirrored doors lead to a catering kitchen and utility room containing sound and laundry equipment.
The Greenhouse
One of the largest private greenhouses in California, this glass and steel structure was designed to accommodate several thousand orchids and other delicate exotics. Two areas, separated by doors, created distinct growing environments for the true horticulturalist.
An outstanding desert garden with rare cacti and other specimen plantings lies between the Pool Pavilion and the Greenhouse, and the two buildings are connected by a very special walkway of travertine slabs “floating” on water.
The Guest House/Office
Currently used as an office, there is another large building on the property which could otherwise be used as a 6-bedroom house. With walls of polished green Venetian marble walls and Baccarat and Murano chandeliers, this is a fresh, lovely house with its own kitchen, laundry, parking area and staff quarters.
The Guest Suite
Hidden in a grove of ferns and other lush plants, lies a charming one-bedroom guest suite. Furnished in soothing tones and organic materials, this is the perfect “zen” getaway.
Staff Quarters
There are ample bedrooms and amenities for staff and security detail, with separate entrances to create maximum privacy.

A beautiful villa on the secured and privat golf resort of Gassin, close to St Tropez and the beaches. Entrance with guest cloakroom, living room, dining room opening onto a covered terrace, fully fitted kitchen and utility room.First floor: main bedroom with bathroom with separate shower, dressing room and private terrace. Garden level: two bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom and one with en-suite shower room. Store room and independent bedroom with en-suite shower room and WC. Floor space of 180m² on land of 1.399m² with swimming pool and private parking.

A beautiful villa on the secured and privat golf resort of Gassin, close to St Tropez and the beaches. Entrance with guest cloakroom, living room, dining room opening onto a covered terrace, fully fitted kitchen and utility room.First floor: main bedroom with bathroom with separate shower, dressing room and private terrace. Garden level: two bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom and one with en-suite shower room. Store room and independent bedroom with en-suite shower room and WC. Floor space of 180m² on land of 1.399m² with swimming pool and private parking.

Located in Grimaud, a short drive from the sea and St Tropez, lies this wonderfully charming Provençal country house  in stone. It enjoys beautiful southern views of the countryside and offers a large swimming pool, a tennis court and complete privacy. The house has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room with fireplace, dining room, kitchen and plenty of outdoor space. A dream home in Provence.

Located in Grimaud, a short drive from the sea and St Tropez, lies this wonderfully charming Provençal country house  in stone. It enjoys beautiful southern views of the countryside and offers a large swimming pool, a tennis court and complete privacy. The house has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room with fireplace, dining room, kitchen and plenty of outdoor space. A dream home in Provence.

Double living room with sitting area opening onto a covered arched terrace, fully equipped and fitted kitchen, dining area. Three bedrooms one with balcony, bathroom, shower room. Living space of 86 m². Mooring of 4,20 X 11metres. Two parking spaces.

Double living room with sitting area opening onto a covered arched terrace, fully equipped and fitted kitchen, dining area. Three bedrooms one with balcony, bathroom, shower room. Living space of 86 m². Mooring of 4,20 X 11metres. Two parking spaces.