Back in the 1920s, an advertisement for the California Riviera chronicled in the book Images of America: Pacific Palisades promised: “In fact, every wish for home life can be gratified without leaving the immediate vicinity of your home.”
The same remains true today in what is now simply referred to as “The Riviera” in Pacific Palisades. Home to the Riviera Country Club, one of the most revered golf clubs in the world and host of the Northern Trust Open on the PGA Tour in February, The Riviera is also home to some of the world’s most coveted real estate.
With wide streets, deep lots, and equal parts privacy and convenience, the area has been the location of choice for some of the most famous names in the world (Steven Spielberg, Adam Sandler, Tom Hanks, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Brooke Shields).
The Riviera was named for picturesque European cities along the French and Italian Riviera, said Wikipedia.But it was another Mediterranean spot that provided the inspiration for the estate at 581 Amalfi.
Named Casa Miraflores, this home sits on a prime lower Riviera corner view lot with expansive canyon views and architecture shaped by the love of Spain and its colonial art and architecture as envisioned by master architect Richard Landry.
Landry, whose recent projects include Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady’s impressive residence in Brentwood Country Estates and Mark Wahlberg’s 30,000-square-foot Beverly Park estate, incorporated inspiration from scouting trips to Spain; a plaque featuring a coat of arms found at an arts and crafts fair became the unique shape of the signature swimming pool, said Architectural Digest, who featured the estate in its magazine.
“At remote rural warehouses, they found treasures, such as the enormous 18th-century walnut door…that became the house’s entrance. Its imposing majesty is tempered by the warmth of a brightly colored tile door surround, a reproduction of one from the 16th century, which Auerbach commissioned from a Spanish source.
Moorish influences are front and center when you step onto the grounds through the massive door, arriving in a courtyard that “leads in turn to the spectacular patio de recibo, one of Landry’s great architectural triumphs: a soaring interior courtyard, more than two stories high, whose skylight of glass and steel I-beams floods the space with sunshine,” said Architectural Digest.
In grand Mediterranean style, nearly the entire home built in 2003 centers around—or leads into—this courtyard. Other unique characteristics of the six-bedroom, eight-bath, 10,400-square-foot home include a living room with disappearing walls, a fireside loggia, a chef’s kitchen, a media room, a finished basement with built-in display cases, a meditation turret tower and numerous architecturally characteristic archways and wood beams.
The master suite, which comprises the bedroom, an office, two baths and two seating areas is particularly impactful for its ability to take grand spaces and make them feel intimate, according to the magazine.
“Modern architecture, like modern life, is sometimes criticized as alienating. But by looking back and borrowing the good ideas of other cultures and other times, he has created a house that brings spaces, and the people inside them, together.”
Outdoors, exotic gardens, cooling ocean breezes, and serene mountain views complement the show-stopping pool, all viewed from several balconies and patios.