550 Paseo Miramar

Completed in 1928, and designed by Mark Daniels, the same architect who designed the dreamy, secluded Hotel Bel Air, 550 Paseo Miramar is a home that allows for generous, easy, Spanish-Colonial-Revival-inspired living in a hillside, ocean view setting located just above the intersection where Sunset Boulevard meets Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades. This home provides a wonderful, architecturally significant foundation from which you can craft and personalize the entire property into a space uniquely yours.

The interior spaces, currently a blank slate featuring original period details such as groins vaults, beamed ceilings, whitewashed plaster walls, wrought iron and terra cotta tile galore. Custom, Malibu kilned tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. Each reception room on the entry level boasts a view out to the Pacific Ocean, a wonderful treat to the senses and a privilege of the location, which enable cool coastal breezes the waft throughout the home year round.

The bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs feature hardwood floors, original Malibu tiles, and plentiful sea views. This level, too, is a perfectly blank slate from which collect, create, implement a personalized renovation of this stunningly beautiful property.

To my eye, the location and setting of the house and gardens just calls out for a deep blue swimming pool, allowing you to enjoy the countlessly sunny and blue sky days even more deeply. The fountain, courtyard, and existing views all add to the romance of the home and its cinematic setting.

Carolyn Murphy’s former home located on South Medio in Brentwood could serve as a partial framework for how to renovate and personalize the structure. I am a huge fan of the easy, casual luxury that Murphy’s previous exudes and signifies through is use of natural stone materials, light, and simple, sophisticated pieces of furniture that exhibit a curated, collected vibe which enhances the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Diane Keaton’s former Wallace Neff Home located in Beverly Hills, as photographed by Architectural Digest, is a constant source of inspiration for me—how can you not love the combination of lavender, citrus, thick plaster walls, terra cotta tiles, wrought iron, and stainless steel? There is simply nothing like it.

Another source for interior and exterior inspiration comes from Giannetti Home’s Arden commission in Beverly Hills—an architecturally significant Wallace Neff home in dire need of renovating and expansion. One feature I am most enamored with are the windows located behind the kitchen cabinets to the immediate right and left of the sink—what a fun, whimsical, and practical addition!

The below pool, also courtesy of Architectural Digest, was designed by Cullman & Kravis for a home is Sagaponack; the clean, infinite lines and deep, deep coloring draw me towards this style—perhaps we could even project it off the garden hillside to create a more dramatic poolside experience.


As for the gardens, I am inspired by the recent work of Madison Cox and his renovations and reinterpretations of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s Marrakech home, Villa Oasis, via Architectural Digest.

As for the gardens, I am inspired by the recent work of Madison Cox and his renovations and reinterpretations of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s Marrakech home, Villa Oasis, via Architectural Digest.

550 Paseo Miramar is currently listed by Dan Urbach of The Agency for $5,995,000. The home includes 4 bedrooms and 3.25 bathrooms within 4,627 square feet on an approximately 16,100 square foot ocean view lot.

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