Located directly across from San Marino’s Huntington Library and Gardens, the Orlando Road estate boasts the pedigree of pedigrees: this was an architects personal residence, and not just any architect, but none other than Wallace Neff. Completed in 1928, this lavishly austere Italianate estate, protected from the street by a motorized gate and generously sized auto court, boasts expansive swaths of cream colored stucco punctuated by deeply inset windows and doors of all shapes and sizes, which achieves a pleasingly provincial flourish, the intimacy of welcoming proportions and design.
It is this shot, the front façade, which makes this home famous, for in 2006 in debut in the movie The Holiday as Cameron Diaz’s Hollywood home. As the interiors were created on a soundstage for the movie, the original details of the home have not been showcased until now. Yet, I would be happy just to stand on the sidewalk, outside the gate, staring at the simplistic, inviting beauty and design this home boasts, and, yet, would equally snap up any opportunity to pass over the entry threshold of this home to revel in its design and details.
The interiors of the home mirror the exterior aesthetic; each room, window, doorway, and vista display a deft hand, a certain discernment and deliberateness to the layout, function, and interaction of all. The interior details of the home, which include thickly beamed or high, vaulted ceilings, French doors, tile floors, gardens, everywhere.
In regard to the new interiors, I would employ Axel Vervoordt’s similarly restrained style throughout, except in the kitchen, where I would create a carbon copy of the kitchen Diane Keaton created in her on Beverly Hills Wallace Neff home, stainless steel counters, lemons, and all. Images courtesy of Architectural Digest.
The exterior of the home is centered around enfiladed courtyards, which contain social, pool, and tennis courts. I am most intrigued by the central, red tiled courtyard, which is an example of a vanishing threshold, a space where indoors and outdoors intersect, thereby building upon one another’s strengths to create a quintessentially California environment.
The original floor plan of the home reveals the clear distinction of public, private, and service areas, all of which are contained under the same low slung red tile roof.
1883 Orlando Road includes a landmark 7 bedroom and 6.5 bathrooms within 10,324 square feet on an approximately 33,500 square foot lot. The home is currently listed by Brent Chang and Linda Chang of Compass for $11,800,000.
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