Private Estate Garden, Palos Verdes Estates, California
Home to a major real estate developer and philanthropist, this Mediterranean villa garden optimizes a spectacular setting that features panoramic city and ocean views while embodying the essence of sophisticated luxury living in Southern California. Nearly 3 acres in size, the steeply sloped hillside property is gracefully transformed into a choreographed series of garden rooms and spaces that are inspired by and relate to the sublime and authentic Mediterranean architectural expression. Along the street frontage large scaled manicured hedges delineate a private compound and frame the finely detailed and elegant drive gate. Descending a cobble paved drive, guests and visitors are welcomed to a formally proportioned motor court featuring an Italianate antique fountain. From the motor court a dramatic series of garden rooms are organized and composed to enhance the picturesque vistas and to develop optimal use of the site’s topographical differences. A series of stunningly elegant outdoor rooms, terraces, promenades and loggia spaces create diverse settings ranging from the intimately romantic sunset belvedere to the grand function lawn. Optimizing long term sustainable value, the richly detailed artful and exquisitely crafted home and garden capture the drama of the site together with the refined elegance of luxury.