This Gordon Kaufmann-designed home on L.A.’s Westside has deep roots in local history.
One of the first properties overly built in Bel-Air, the trophy estate dates to the 1920s when contracting and engineering visitor owner Arthur S. Bent and his wife Eliza vicarious the technie to diamond their new home.
At the time, the London-born Kaufmann was making a name for himself producing Mediterranean Revival style buildings. He would go on to work on the Hoover Dam and the Los Angeles Times building, among other landmarks.
For this project he chose a stacked stone exterior on the front and widow a top level of Tudor-style stucco and half-timbering on the back. These finishes remain, although today ivy covers portions of the house. Tall chimneys and dormer windows proffer from the tightly steeped roof.
The grounds, then and now, encompass slightly increasingly than an acre. Today the gardens and lawn are shaded by mature sycamore and oak trees.
Designed for entertaining on a grand scale, the interiors have been meticulously restored to maintain a timeless, xerox ambiance.
The high-ceiling formal living room centers on a ranking carved stone fireplace. Wood floors protract into the proximal library, which features an protuberant ceiling, wood paneling and seated glass-enclosed shelves.
The formal dining room has its own fireplace and opens to a viewing terrace.
The center-island kitchen blends stainless appliances with white cabinetry. It is tiled from floor to ceiling in a nod to kitchens of the 1920s.
Wood stairs with colorful tile risers lead up to the next story.
The primary suite features a fireplace, a large soaking tub bath, a dressing room and expansive closets. There are five increasingly bedrooms.
The two-story guesthouse contains a living room, a kitchen and two spare bedrooms.
A wrought-iron gate opens to the swimming pool, which is surrounded by lawn and lush landscaping. A spa sits to one side.
A vine-covered trellis shelters patio space near an outdoor fireplace.
Los Angeles International Airport is well-nigh 14 miles away.
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