April 15, 2024

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This Bonkers $38 Million L.A. House Was Inspired by James Bond Films

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Overlooking the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, this $38 million estate draws inspiration from rock and roll legends, iconic directors, and vintage films.

Situated on West Hollywood‘s North Stanley Avenue, the newly built lair is move-in ready and has 12,500 square feet of living space with six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. Real estate power couple Branden and Rayni Williams of The Beverly Hills Estates and Jason Somers of Crest Real Estate purchased the land in 2016 and spent seven years developing this one-of-a-kind estate, which included five years of construction.

The open-plan home, called The Californication House, has a very modern mid-century-inspired design with 270-degree views over L.A. and the iconic Sunset Strip, which was a major source of inspiration for the developers. They were also inspired by watching Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese films, as well as vintage James Bond movies and rock and roll legends like David Bowie, who used to frequent the Sunset Strip. 

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The main living area is an eclectic fantasia worthy of a boutique hotel.

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Thunderball, Casino, and Space Odyssey are all inspirations for our design,” says Rayni Williams. “We sought out to create something unique that will stand the test of time.”

To accomplish this, the Williamses and Somers enlisted Vantage Design Group and interior designer Victoria Gillet to bring their vision to life, featuring old-school Hollywood decadence mixed with contemporary glamor and flair. A total of $20 million to build and design the home. Only the finest materials were used, and all the furniture and decor are included in the sale, everything down to the toothbrushes and soaps in the bathroom. All you have to do is show up with your clothes. 

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A peacock and a massive monstera plant adorn the kitchen.

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The home is clad in a combination of Arabian black slate, which took 18 months to install by hand, and Japanese Shou Sugi Ban wood framed in patinated brass. Inside, there are Roman titanium travertine floors, Brazilian green jade onyx, African walnut millwork, and cedar ceilings. 

“We wanted to create something that was trendsetting but had a reference that made Los Angeles so iconic, blending mid century-modern principles and organic textures with the latest and greatest technological and lifestyle components,” Somers tells Robb Report

Nearly every room has seamless outdoor access through sliding glass doors that peel away to reveal spacious patios and decks, both on the main level and second floor. The main level features an elegant kitchen that opens to an expansive living room and dining area that overlooks the pool deck. Again, glass doors slide away, so you’re never too far from the outdoors. The living room has a large green jade onyx fireplace that acts as the centerpiece of the room. 

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The hidden nightclub includes a back-lit onyx DJ booth.

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Distinctly modern with Japanese and mid-century-modern influences, each room is like a world of its own with an eclectic mix of materials, colors, textures, and artifacts and decor sourced from around the globe. Designed for absolute leisure and entertainment, the amenities are unrivaled. There is a plush theater with a sumptuous green velvet ceiling and velvet seating, 20 Tahitian-style fire features, a lovely office, a private Japanese bonsai garden, a safari-style library, a custom bar, a game area, and an infinity pool and spa that runs the length of the house. To top it all off, there is a hidden nightclub and entertainment level that opens by pulling a sword off the wall.

“With the location of the house in Hollywood and our respect for the entertainment industry, following a storyline with our development coming from inspiration from the classic James Bond Thunderball movie, which took place on a tropical island, was very inspirational to the lushness and intrigue of the site,” says Somers. “James Bond has always been a style master and a theoretical character as a homeowner to this house.”

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The safari-themed library.

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For an added dose of cinematic flair, the primary suite is reminiscent of 1970s disco style. The fully customized room has burnt-amber crushed velvet walls with a $40,000 round custom bed that rotates 360 degrees. The suite also has a floor-to-ceiling green jade onyx fireplace and spectacular views over the city. There is lush landscaping inside and out that delivers a lush, tropical vibe.

“The home is very linear, and it was important to accentuate the visage with a lightness of architecture, which we expressed by creating these razor-edge profiles with Shou Sugi Ban, or Japanese burnt wood, and deconstructing the facia further with a bronze silhouette that we think will be very trendsetting in the future of architecture. However, it’s actually taking a page from the legendary architect John Lautner.”

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The primary bedroom with a $40,000 custom bed.

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Finally, the home has several crystal installations throughout the property. In classic L.A. fashion, the crystal installations were selected and blessed by a shaman. “We have a shaman that blesses all of our family homes, and she created a crystal installation in the foundation when we were just starting to build,” says Branden Williams. “Then she blessed the home, prayed for energy, wealth, health, abundance, and love, and activated the gods throughout the house.”

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1851 N. Stanley

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