Live like Norma Desmond for $30M

You peer down at your world slithering down Sunset to the sea before running headlong into Catalina on the horizon from your master bedroom balcony, all the doors wide open, your hair turbaned, a cigarette clasped in you right hand, a fantastical menagerie of pets—your only reliable company—and a deep, sparkling swimming pool below, all safe behind double front doors, an expansive entry court, the heavy wrought iron entry gate keeping the view at bay.

The entry façade of Robertson Partners designed 9240 Robin Drive—yes that Robertson Partners, the same Robertson Partners who designed David I. and Suzanne Saperstein’s Bel Air residence, Fleur de Lys, in 2002 whose 2014, $102 million all-cash sale was well documented by Curbed—draws upon the designs of Wallace Neff, Roland Coate, and George Washington Smith, architects who helped define Southern California’s Spanish Colonial Revival aesthetic during the 1920s and 30s through the use of wide arches, sizeable stucco walls, low pitched terra cotta tiles roofs, and simply masses, unassuming porte-cochère entrances. It is from this modest entry that you are bid welcome into the expansive, flagged entrance court, complete with a rounded tower, which is the first of many visual and spatial delights that await you at this property.


The first floor yields many spacious rooms with individual hardwood flooring patterns, lending each space a distinct and deliberate air and function within the home. The rooms, all well-appointed, flow indoors and out, with the living room, due to its orientation, centering on its interactions with the view, and world, below. The colors, textures, and overall milieu of the home are well conceived and await a family to formally, and informally, show them off.

Upstairs, the master bedroom commands the best vantage, its marbled ensuite bath and dressing rooms sprawling out from it. It shares this airy domain with a second bedroom located, romantically, in the rounded tower overlooking the forecourt—the perfect place to keep watch for a gentleman caller, but now I’m mixing my literary allusions. This is all to say, what a wonderful home; you can cast any setting you like upon it—it is an active and willing participant in any and all dreams, goals, and visions.

The home, located on a pie slice shaped lot, entices you further into its depths with marble, fine hardwoods, and a sweeping staircase, all to draw you into its expansive living room, its beamed ceiling providing a visual anchor for the endless vista beyond. Or, perhaps, if you are lucky enough, or even unlucky enough, you are invited up the stairs, up to Norma’s balcony for a cigarette, acerbic conversation, and, no doubt, more.

9240 Robin Drive, a 4 bedroom, 8 bathroom, 9,000 square foot home located within a roughly 13,500 square foot lot, is currently listed by Lupita Rangel of United Real Estate Los Angeles for $30,000,000.

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  1. Great stuff!! Love, dad

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