From the caveman to Europe’s royalty, a desire to view man’s surroundings from a high vantage point still flourishes though for different reasons. For early man it was a matter of survival from advancing tribes and armies. Today spectacular views from hills, mountains and exceptional high rise condos are sought after for luxury homes for the elite to enjoy, impress their peers, and live above the urban chaos. The more sweeping the view the higher the price tag, weeding out the average buyer who must stand back to make way for mega millionaires and billionaires. One such home in the Los Angeles Bird Streets neighborhood is now for sale with spectacular views over the city and Pacific through its massive two-story glass walls. Priced at $26 million, it is on the prestigious and private front row on Oriole Way where the air is clear and neighbors have their wealth, need for privacy and security in common.
In 1926, the Bird Streets hatched above the Hollywood Hills as more celebrities wanted to move higher than their friends and new development began. Each street was given the name of a bird. Why? Not just because it was a cute theme, but because those who lived at that height for the first time had a true bird’s eye view of the surrounding environment. Actors, producers, publishers, musicians and others with deep pockets began scrambling to buy land and build their homes. It was the place where young actors achieving their first success would buy their first home such as Rock Hudson as he did after receiving critical acclaim in Magnificent Obsession. The boom continued into the 1960s, which was also the year George Harrison wrote the song Blue Jay Way while living on that street. He made reference to the fresh air while looking down on the “fog” over LA, which in the 1960s was the yellow smog that covered the city and could be seen from almost a hundred miles away. In recent years it has been home to Leonardo DiCaprio, who owns a two-house complex, Jennifer Aniston and Keanu Reeves among others. Residents are socially oriented and formed their own Doheny Dining Club where a group of about 50 meet twice a year for progressive dinners. Another perk for residents is its five-minute access to Sunset Strip and the studios.
Built in 2012 and now for sale, this contemporary 8,707-square-foot home with some of L.A.’s best views has four bedrooms, six baths and a double-height living room with floor-to-ceiling glass walls through which one sees the infinity-edge pool that seems to hang in space. The upper level surrounding the living room is privy to even more views. There is an elevator, a large home theater, home office, three guest suites, a wine cellar, bar and formal dining room. The kitchen is designed for a cook’s cook and is connected to an area devoted to entertaining. The outside terraces will accomodate large numbers when events are hosted and guests get heady from the height as well as their cocktails.
Located in the most coveted front row position in L.A.’s storied Bird Streets, this contemporary home flies high above the crowd from its lofty location but is a convenient five-minute hop to Sunset Strip and the studios and is priced at $26 million. The listing agent is David Findley of The Agency, Beverly Hills.