Taking its name from the Italian city known as the birthplace of the Renaissance—with iconic art and architectural landmarks serving as reminders of that illustrious history—this majestic estate on 9.85 acres in Los Angeles lives up to its namesake with its eye-catching style, abundant Old World elements, and a dedication to luxury and refinement. The compound encompasses a magnificent main palazzo, a grand motor court with manicured hedges and a classical fountain, multiple expanses of lush emerald lawn, a separate and equally regal guesthouse, a lighted tennis court with a stone viewing pavilion, and a pool compound, a half basketball court, a soccer field, a maze to entertain children of all ages, and a jogging trail. The property is fully gated and fenced for security and seclusion.
Beverly Hills, California | Richard Klug, Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage
Old World details can be found throughout the residence, from graceful archways, artful stone floor inlays, ornate iron gates and railings, stately columns, and antique stone fireplaces. The interiors are impressively proportioned and detailed, beginning with a double-height foyer and hallways with groin vaulted ceilings. Highlights include a salon-like living room with a coffered ceiling; a library with a fireplace and built-ins for displaying artwork; an upper-level mezzanine ringed with built-in bookshelves; a den with a bar; an elegant formal dining room warmed by an oversized stone fireplace; a kitchen featuring glowing stained glass, an outsize island, and top-tier appliances; a breakfast area with a built-in buffet and Palladian windows and doors; a well-equipped gym; a primary bedroom with an arresting beamed ceiling, dual spa-like baths, a room-sized closet and dressing room, and an office; five guest suites; a spacious family and screening room; and a gift wrapping room. Balconies on the upper level allow for appreciating the blue skies and greenery, while on the main level, a breezy loggia runs the length of the home, offering spaces for cool outdoor relaxation.
Well-separated for privacy, the guesthouse features a voluminous living area with a fireplace and striking ceiling beams, a thoughtfully appointed kitchen, two bedrooms with luxurious baths, and tall doors opening to a terrace, the grounds, and a tiled spa. Appropriately Roman in style, the swimming pool boasts dramatic mosaic tilework and fountains and is surrounded by a sunny terrace that can accommodate a crowd. The pool house and cabana offer two guest bedrooms, dressing rooms, baths, and an open kitchen and entertainment area. Dense groves of mature trees envelop it all, creating a sense of the estate as a small, timeless city all its own, replete with European finery and serene seclusion.