The Sunset Strip is world-famous for it’s gritty rock ’n roll aura and rebellious image. After all, this is the birthplace of Motley Crue and a wave of 80s hairbands. It’s where River Phoenix collapsed dead outside an indie rock club. And it was where the “hippie riots” of 1966 began in response to a curfew crackdown.
But did you know floating above this shrine to youth culture, a mere few blocks away, is street after street stuffed with homes costing $10, $20 and $30 million?
It’s true. The Hollywood Hills above the Sunset Strip holds some of the most expensive homes on the planet.
This is a world that most people can barely imagine. And yet, they can’t seem to build them fast enough.
Take a leisurely drive up Doheny Drive on any weekday and you’ll find a literal traffic jam of dump trucks making their way to and from job sites.
With the right view, the lot itself can run a cool $10 million.
If you’ve ever been curious about just what $20 million buys you, then step inside. Let’s take a look.
One design aspect these homes share is an unapologetic devotion to modernism. Hard, clean and generally straight lines is the order of the day. The gravitas of these homes comes not from handcrafted ornamentation but from monolithic structure machined out blocks of stone.
I proudly admit to belonging to the legions of Downton Abby fans. After all who doesn’t enjoy the fantasy of that posh and leisurely lifestyle? But as the show can’t stop exclaiming, those days are gone, gone, gone.
Today’s global elite take their cues from the symbols of corporate power. Where once the rich fashioned their homes to resemble a miniature Palace of Versailles, they now rid their homes of any detail that bears the touch of a human hand.
The new look of prestige is sleek and unforgivingly spare. The materials are exotic, rare and tasteful.
Our first stop is 9200 Swallow Drive in the famed “Bird Streets” section of the Hollywood Hills.
Listing courtesy of The Altman Brothers, Douglas Elliman, Stephany Chen and Teles Properties.
Next on the list is 1302 Collingwood Place. Build on a promontory overlooking the LA basin, this property stands out among its peers for its use of sweeping curves and and a spiraling staircase.
Listing courtesy of Brandon Fitzpatrick, Mauricio Umansky, Cynthia Ambuehl and The Agency.
Another stunner is this new listing on 1814 Doheny Drive.
The Paul McClean design features 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. With little over 8,000 square feet of living space there should be plenty of room for your stuff. But why would you ever spoil these clean lines?
Currently offered at $23,950.
Listing courtesy of Justin Paul Huchel, Drew Fenton and Hilton & Hyland.
Finally, this Bird Street showplace on 9133 Oriole Way.
Inside, you’ll find 5 bedrooms and a whopping 10 bathrooms. But don’t get your hopes up. Somebody snapped up this property for $27,000,000.
Listing courtesy of Branden Williams, Rayni Williams, Hilton & Hyland, Benjamin Bacal and Rodeo Realty.