Developed by one of the founders of Architectural Digest, rare is the house that dares to emulate a past masterpiece such as Le Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s summer palace at Versailles, and, in so doing, actually exceeds the glory of the original. This magnificent residence on Holmby Hills’ most prestigious street captures the very essence of the 18th-Century French chateau, and then surpasses it in the sublime quality of its materials and craftsmanship and the magnificence of its surroundings.
Beyond the main entrance to this walled Estate, one encounters not only the perfect symmetry of the majestic stone and hand-wrought iron edifice, but also a breathtaking view of the expansive reflective pool with triple fountains set in the center of a large circular cobblestone courtyard,
Entering this grand residence through 14’ foot glass and verdigris wrought iron doors, one is greeted by daylight from a 46’ high dome two stories overhead kindling a glow in the rose marble of the circular double stairway. Suspended from the center of the dome is an original massive eighteenth century chandelier imported from a French chateau. Light, refracting from the Baccarat crystal set in gold, transports the viewer back to Versailles, and a time of unlimited opulence. The formal dining room has a matching baccarat crystal chandelier.
Off this majestic space, vast public rooms array themselves in exquisite procession. Viewed from balconies of wrought iron and marble, formal gardens delight the eye, competing at night with a panoramic view of Century City‘s skyscape, as the backdrop of the 20’ high poolside fireplace featured in National Geographic magazine.
While fountains spew forth from verdigris bronze swan statues on either end of the pools encircled by blooming roses, both the pool terrace and garden are each surrounded by separate 60’ wide waterfalls, built from over 100 tons of rose and granite colored boulders.
A favorite of photographers, Le Chateau Rose has been on the cover of or featured in numerous magazines such as GQ, In Style, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Wall Street Journal front page (Modern Versailles article), National Geographic, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Maxim France, etc Since it was built in 1992, the owners have generously opened their home for a number of charitable fundraisers and the gardens surrounded by waterfalls have been a popular wedding venue for their friends.