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Modernist Brentwood Home from producer Joel Silver for $52 million – Robb Report

A rare private home designed by Mexican master architect Ricardo Legoretta in Los Angeles is on the market for $52 million. The home, which is located in the ultra-exclusive Brentwood Circle neighborhood, spans 25,000 square feet and was custom designed for Silver, who originally purchased the property in 1988 for $3.3 million. The home sits on four acres of land and features eight bedrooms, including two master suites with their own dens, walk-in closets and oversized bathrooms. In total, there are nine bathrooms in the set.

The home’s bright pink exterior reflects its Mexican connection.

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Best known for producing mega hits such as die hard and The matrix, the Legoretta property is just one of many architecturally significant homes owned by the design-conscious producer. “The Silvers’ property portfolio reveals that they are ‘collectors of architecture’ as well as collectors of many beautiful things,” said a source familiar with the listing and sale of the home, which is picked up by Branden and Rayni Williams of Williams & Williams at the Beverly Hills Estates and Jade Mills at Coldwell Banker. “Their portfolio includes a directory of Frank Lloyd Wright homes, a Georgia plantation, and many more.” Indeed, Silver previously owned Lloyd Wright’s Storage House in the Hollywood Hills, which he sold in 2002 for $2.9 million.

According to reports, Legoretta completed the Silver house in 2001, creating a modernist mansion from elegant pink stone that reflects both the architect’s Mexican heritage and the home’s Southern California location. Surrounded by lush, deeply verdant gardens, the resort is a riot of towering skylights, geometric angles and cooling reflecting pools that define Legoretta’s inimitable style. The Silvers were also big art collectors and “there is a $3.5 million piece of art built into the Legorreta home that can be sold separately from the house,” the source said.

The characteristic geometric style of the architect Legoretta

The characteristic geometric style of the architect Legoretta

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The estate is accessed by a large motorized terrain that leads to the various structures designed by Legoretta. The main entrance is designed as an atrium, overlooking cool limestone floors sourced from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and topped with a retractable skylight. Further on is a central dining room whose ceiling is shaped like a pyramid, an important Mexican cultural motif hailing both the ancient Aztec and Mayan empires. The house builds on this aesthetic with new interpretations, including ziggurat-style ceilings and glass brick walls. In many rooms, the ceilings feature 100 year old wooden beams that have been salvaged and repurposed churches in Connecticut.

This being LA, there’s also a large screening room that can easily seat 20 people in tiers as well as a gym, office, and games room. There is also a circular atrium with a retractable skylight and a 30 foot high family room with hydraulic doors. Across the estate’s myriad outdoor spaces, there’s an English-style maze garden, sunken basketball court, swimming pool, alfresco kitchen and pizza oven.

The living room of the house, which leads to the extensive gardens.

The living room of the house, which leads to the extensive gardens.

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The house is known as Casa de Plata (“Silver House” in Spanish) and was one of the last private homes completed by Legoretta, who is widely considered one of Mexico’s most famous architects. As with much of Legoretta’s work, Casa de Plata references Luis Barragan, the other Mexican architectural master who was a key inspiration for Legoretta. Silver took an entirely collaborative approach to the development of the house, which was commissioned after the producer saw another house designed by Legoretta and greatly admired the results.

Casa de Plata’s current price of $52 million represents a considerable reduction from its original listing price of $77.5 million in 2019. This award did not last long and was reduced to $75 million in 2021. The new price reflects the current market in the Brentwood area, which has seen heavy transactions during the pandemic. A year ago, the music mogul Scooter Braun bought a $65 million estate in Brentwood, which was a record for Tony’s area. And mega-developer Ray Nosrati last year sold a Brentwood home for $44 million to hedge fund titan Jeff Feinberg (which is now reportedly sought to return him for $48 million).

The projection room for 20 people.

The projection room for 20 people.

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“The (new) asking price (for the Silver domain) is now set by the celebrity competitions established last year,” the listing source explains. “There were sporadic luxury closings in August and July, but September should be a big month for luxury real estate, especially at a new competitive price of $52 million. We see the buyer of this home as someone who loves architecture, privacy and security on 4.5 acres.

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