Pioneering black architect Paul R. Williams, a favorite of the Golden Age Hollywood elite and other jetsetters, designed this stately 1930s mansion for opera singer and actress Grace Moore and her husband. , the Spanish actor Valentín Parera. But the couple eventually became disenchanted with Hollywood, fled the city, and never lived in the Brentwood home: Legendary actor Tyone Power and his French wife Annabella were its first occupants, having bought the place shortly after it was built, according to Paul R. Williams Project. One of two Williams-designed homes owned by Power, the actor apparently loved the Brentwood excavations so much that he commissioned the architect to design a custom residence for him in Bel Air in the late 1940s.
This property was eventually sold to a non-famous family, who kept the place for decades. In recent years, the Georgian Colonial Revival mansion was leased to Michael S. Smith, decorator of the Barack Obama White House, and her husband James Costos, former United States ambassador to Spain and Andorra. And this June, records reveal that the property was finally sold for $ 10.1 million to veteran CAA agent Josh Lieberman and his wife Maryam.
Located just a quick hop north of Sunset Boulevard, the elegant home rests on a 1-acre lot behind hedges and gates. While the place is perfectly livable, it could surely use some sensible upgrades – the vast lawns are uneven, there’s no pool, and the grounds look a bit unkempt. Inside, there are seven bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms in approximately 5,500 square feet of living space, including a two-bedroom detached guesthouse. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ David Offer handled both sides of the transaction.
A fountain serves as the focal point of a spacious engine area, with a colonnaded entry portico leading to tall double entry doors. A wallpapered hallway offers a delicately curved staircase; Steps descend into a light-filled living room with original French doors and a large picture window. There is also a formal dining room with a chandelier ceiling, a beautiful wood-paneled study with built-in bookshelves and a fireplace, and an oval bar lined with leopard print wallpaper.
The main level also has an all white kitchen that features updated stainless steel appliances and a breakfast nook, plus a sunroom that extends to a large patio ideal for lounging and dining al fresco.
Upstairs contains four ensuite bedrooms, including a sumptuous master retreat with sitting area, fireplace, large private deck, and double walk-in closets. Glass doors open onto a covered terrace that has views of the city to the ocean, while the marble-lined bathroom is equipped with a relaxing soaking tub. A two-room staff suite can also be found on the main level.
The star of the show: the gorgeous park-like grounds, with rolling lawns covered in mature trees, multiple outdoor spaces, gardens, and winding paths. There is also more than enough space for a pool.
Around the same time that the Liebermans finalized the Brentwood purchase, they were also in the process of listing their custom mansion in the mountains above Beverly Hills, now up for grabs for $ 16 million. Originally built in 1952, the house has been completely renovated.
Among the highlights of the elegant seven-bedroom, 7.5-bath excavations: a large living room lined with 150-year-old reclaimed hardwood floors, a Poliform eat-in kitchen outfitted with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, and a two-story kitchen . library and loft with beamed cathedral ceiling and stencil.
Amenities range from a six-person fitness center, spa, and sauna to a 1,000-bottle wine room, custom bar, and media room.
Outdoors, the spacious backyard features an infinity pool with a waterslide, a Lynx kitchen with built-in barbecue, pizza oven and bar, multiple fire pit decks, and an organic vegetable garden. Views to the west overlook Coldwater Canyon and the surrounding mountains.
Lieberman’s Beverly Hills home is listed by Ginger Glass of Compass and Martha Smith of Keller Williams Beverly Hills.
This story first appeared on Dirt.com, which includes additional photos.