THE ALDOUS HUXLEY HOUSE
SUMMARY: This dazzling 4BR/4.5BA 4,066 sq.ft. view property was owned by Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, and his wife Laura, a noted musician. The home’s current owner has overseen an extensive restoration/renovation, resulting in a trophy property of over 29,000 sq.ft. with features like a sparkling pool, flat yard, terraced gardens, massive outdoor patio, a private amphitheater, classic Mediterranean indoor-outdoor flow, and views from every room including Lake Hollywood, the Hollywood sign, the ocean, and DTLA.
DETAILS: The home’s living room has a lofty, 2-story pitched and beamed ceiling atop banks of windows and doors opening to outdoor patios. A second-level balcony is perched above the living area (a high-end Mediterranean staple). Richly-toned hardwood floors cover most of the house. The centerpieces of this room are a fireplace with a large mantle and a picture window that captures sun, sky, mountains, and private grounds. Adjacent to the living room is the formal dining room, also with doors to an outdoor covered “family room.”
A gourmet-style kitchen (adjacent to dining) features custom cabinets, CaesarStone-topped center island (with seating), high-end stainless-steel appliances, two sinks, and windows and doors capturing views. The covered, outdoor “family room” is accessible from the living and dining areas and is surrounded by arches. Its beamed ceilings and wrought-iron light fixtures make this area ideal for end-of-day wine and cheese or—with the addition of a flat screen TV—an amazing space to enjoy weekend sports.
A powder room sits in the home’s foyer.
A sunny master suite has three walls of windows, a private balcony, and views of the Pacific Ocean, Lake Hollywood, and the Hollywood sign. The suite’s bathroom has mission tile on the floor, a floating dual sink vanity, a tub/shower combination, and a balcony.
Three other guest rooms are also en suite.
The property offers 29,344 sq.ft. of gated, secured land. The land is comprised of two side-by-side lots (one address). The great outdoors looms large in making The Aldous Huxley House a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Features include: Sparkling pool with dancing waters (and views of the Griffith Park Observatory and the DTLA skyline), one of the largest (over 2,000 sq.ft.) outdoor entertaining patios (with a dead-on view of the Hollywood sign) in the Hills, a large front yard covered with decomposed granite (“DG”) and olive trees, and a number of outdoor patios. The hillside below the house is terraced and planted with fruit-bearing trees and wondrous displays of succulents and California vegetation.
If there is one feature at Huxley House that is most rare, it is its outdoor amphitheater. Curving, multi-level seating tiers surround a central performance area, like a modern open-air stadium. Gladiators, musicians, performance artists, and lecturers would all find this extraordinary structure useful. And the obvious use: Nighttime movie screenings. The not-so obvious: Sit here and watch the sun sink into the hills beyond.
- Gated property
- Views of DTLA, Observatory, Hollywood sign, Lake Hollywood, and Ocean
- Mediterranean style
- Classic floor plan (3BR suites up, 1BR/1BA + powder down)
- Over 4,000 sq.ft. interior space
- Over 29,000 sq.ft. of land (on 2 side-by-side lots)
- Beamed living room ceiling
- Richly-toned hardwood floors
- Custom draperies
- Gourmet-style kitchen with dual sinks
- Stainless-steel appliances
- Outdoor, covered “family room” with wrought-iron light fixtures
- Master suite with walk-in closet, and bathroom with dual sinks, soaking tub, and balcony
- Guest rooms with dedicated bathrooms
- Swimmer’s pool with water features
- Outdoor living area with fountains
- Outdoor dining/entertaining on over 2,000 sq.ft. of sunny patios with views
- Private amphitheater
- Fenced for ultimate privacy
- Close to all the area’s offerings
Lot lines depicted in art work and/or photographs are approximate. Interior and exterior square footage totals are reflective of City/County records. Buyer to verify.