An original home designed by architect Gerard Colcord, whose work abounds in Southern California, is on the market in Bel Air for $15.99 million.
Colcord’s works include a Pacific Palisades home inspired by the farm houses of Normandy and a classic Pennsylvania Dutch in Beverly Hills. But for details like timbered, vaulted ceilings; gothic-style archways and custom built-ins, this Bel Air estate beautifully exemplifies Colcord’s work.
Built in 1969 and inspired by English medieval church design, the four-bedroom, five-bath Tudor Revival includes the intimate interiors for which the 20th-century architect is known and loved. The almost acre-sized parcel, includes a main house and guest house with 8,772 square feet of living space as well as a pool, according to the listing.
The home also offers an all-white kitchen with marble counters, a wine cellar, oak-plank floors, a brick fireplace and views of the hillside and canyon.
The property went on the market in July.
The original owner—an insurance executive for whom Colcord had designed the home, had an exact copy built in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, when he moved away from Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported on the listing.
Laura and Sanford Michelman, the current owners of the home, ditched a house they had extensively remodeled at the last minute to move into the property, they told the Los Angeles Times in a 2005 article.
“We fell in love with the house and decided not to let it go,” Ms. Michelman said at the time. “We were told it was done by a famous architect, but we didn’t know anything about him.”
For example, they didn’t understand why there would be a big wooden beam across the top of the fireplace in the family dining room. They learned it wasn’t made of wood but it was made of concrete, a classic Colcord design element.
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