1143 Ravoli Drive

Situated just north of Sunset Boulevard, the majestic, winding, noir thoroughfare coursing from Downtown Los Angeles in the east to Pacific Coast Highway in the west, 1143 Ravoli Drive is located near the western terminus of this storied street, next to the equestrian facilities and trails of Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades. Ravoli Drive, a narrow country-esque lane accessible from Amalfi Drive, allows for the most coveted of Los Angeles living situations: a house in the country and yet in the city—a quality touted to lure well-heeled Easterners westward since the development of Hancock Park and Bel Air in the early 1920s. Located near the end of this little lane, 1143 Ravoli Drive is set back from the street behind generously sized blue-grey agaves, olives trees, steel beams, a multitude of substantial wooden gates, and white stucco walls and horizontal planes formed, wood grained concrete. This natural milieu creates an exciting, inviting streetscape that beckons you to advance forth into the interior world of the home.

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Designed by the architectural office of Gunderson Matkins, this contemporary architectural masterpiece enlists numerous interior/exterior spaces which blur the definition of “indoors” while simultaneously embracing all that encompasses the California lifestyle, 1143 Ravoli Drive provides ample areas for interacting with, or at least viewing, the out of doors. Walls of glass, concrete, wood, and cantilevered stairs allow you to float through the entire home. My favorite space is the library landing on the staircase, which, while not a true library, provides a human-scale, intimate space within this large home—I am quite sure a true library, complete with a fireplace and liberally sized desk and library table could be carved out of one or more of the amply sized entertaining areas this home offers.

The master suite is a home unto itself; at 1,750 square feet, this area of the home is humorously large and may suggest that the future owner needs a good therapist—what do you seek to escape from so badly that you must have an escape nested within an escape within an escape? Nonetheless, the enfiladed indoor/outdoor spaces are a true spectacle to see and interact with—I would not say no to this space, and that is what it wants you to do, to submit fully.

The backyard of this home is complete with eucalyptus trees, both shaggy and manicured grasses, a deep, deep blue pool, waterfall, thickly planked decking, and views of the surrounding canyon. This outdoor space may be even more intimate than the immense interiors of the home, which is striking; the natural may surpass the engineered, even though the engineered is coated in numerous and plentiful “natural,” yet tamed, textures and details.

1143 Ravoli Drive is a 13,777 square foot home with 8 bedroom, 12 bathrooms, and is located on a 40,717 square foot lot. The home is currently listed by Hugh Evans III and Randy Forbes Jr. of Pacific Union International for $26,750,000.

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