Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Afternoon Delight: Joe Dahan

 SELLER: Joseph "Joe" Dahan
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $9,995,000
SIZE: 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: We feel like indulging in a little afternoon pretty in the form of a gated and photogenic mini-compound in the Hollywood Hills with a main house originally designed in the late 1960s by en vogue mid-century modern architect Hal Leavitt and listed on the open market with an asking price of $9,995,000.

Property records show the current owner as Joseph "Joe" Dahan, a muckety-muck in the premium denim industry who scooped up the nearly one acre spread in October 2005 for $4,650,000.

A long curved driveway almost passes under a slightly cantilevered corner of the main house that current digital marketing materials show has five bedrooms and five bathrooms in an unspecified amount of square footage.  (For the record, the L.A. County Tax Man shows 3,726.) Copious amounts of travertine flooring and long walls of floor-to-ceiling glass panels and sliding doors make for a barely-there transition between the inside areas and outdoor spaces ringed by dense, privacy-ensuring foliage.

The property is lushly planted with what listing details call "period landscaping" and offers its cosseted occupants a private enclave of meandering paths, an organic vegetable garden, a couple of greenhouse, and a flat patch of lawn dotted with a couple of clean-lined play structures.

Perched on a verdant, stepped hillside above a narrow flat strip of lawn and and and a perpendicularly arranged water feature are two glass pavilions set on a muscular concrete foundation. One pavilion has a tree growing right through the middle that's encased in a frameless glass shaft and both appear to be equipped with a sparse but high quality collection of bodily fitness equipment.

If any of you Hal Leavitt freak-fans think this might be you're opportunity to stroll through the house during a public open house, we suggest you think again. Listing details make a point to to say "Private showings to qualified Buyers only."

P.S. As far as this opinionated property gossip is concerned, the silver tile that lines the guest bathroom shower is glitzy, glam, and flagrantly conspicuous in all the best ways.

listing photos: Westside Estate Agency

14 comments:

Rick Wrinklebottom said...

Surprised Mama missed/failed to mention that Dahan bought this house from TV producer Darren Star (90210, Melrose Place, etc.)

Anonymous said...

zero view for 10m ??

Anonymous said...

This is what I thought Jennifer Aniston's previous house would be like before seeing those terrible Architectural Digest shots.

Anonymous said...

Rick beat me to it. This was Darren Star's house back in his prime days before he "went Bel Air". I've always liked this house/grounds/location.

Wallace Ridge

Anonymous said...

Speaking of modern residences, does any of the birds here now where is Marmol Radziner's Summitridge residence located? Summitridge Place or Summitridge Drive, which is overlooking Beverly Park?

Anonymous said...

This would be like being on vacation every single day. Gorgeous!

lil' gay boy said...

Lust...

bentley said...

Pretty rare that a house has me completely... at the driveway!

LGB, MINE!

Carla Ridge said...

Whilst the house today is res photogenique, there's not a lick of Levitt left. And I should know -- I'm co-Director of the Harold Levitt Archive.

When Darren had it, he managed the right balance of MCM and NOW. The house today is ALL NOW. and yes, in caps.

Carla Ridge said...

Damnit! I meant to type "tres photogenique". Mis-spelled wit is not witty at all.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE it! And no hideous colonial façade is a HUGE bonus - ha! Honestly, I wouldn't change a thing ... that gorgeous gated driveway hints well at what is about to be revealed :-)

Petra's said...

Gorgeous, stunning, and in my (irrelevant) opinion... miles better-looking then Aniston's former $35 million pile.

Anonymous said...

i think this is the most beautiful thing you have ever shown me. luv it. sweet.

Anonymous said...

This house is hot. I don't get some of these comments.