David Geffen Buys Paul László–Designed Beverly Hills Mansion for $4.651 Million

by Kathy Hereford, April 5, 2019

David Geffen is expanding his real estate portfolio once more. The multi-billionaire businessman and entertainment industry titan recently paid $4.651 million — a substantial $150,000 over the asking price — for a Beverly Crest mansion with quite the architectural pedigree, Variety reports. Originally designed in 1947 by Hungarian-born designer and architect Paul László, the 3,267-square-foot abode was later updated by Case Study architect Thornton M. Abell. Then, in 2007, acclaimed L.A.–based architect Barton Phelps expanded the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom abode by adding a poured concrete wing. Presently, the home maintains a bunker-like façade, with no front-facing windows and just a single, sunken wooden door to demarcate the entrance, located just off the curb.

The home opens upon a skylight-topped vestibule that leads directly through a glass door to a large, light-filled living room. There, a minimalist, stone-faced fireplace sits opposite an entire wall of full-height glass sliders that open onto a spacious entertaining deck complete with its own outdoor sitting area and stunning views of the L.A. basin below. Directly beyond the living room is a formal dining room with its own wall of floor-to-ceiling glass sliders overlooking a grassy green yard. A quartet of unique, bowl-shaped light fixtures add an element of opulence to the otherwise sparse space.

The kitchen, which boasts a colorful combination of red-tinged wooden cabinets, spring green walls, and glamorous mirrored tile backsplashes, largely revolves around an asymmetrical island with an integrated snack counter. Elsewhere in the home is a cozy den space with two oversize corner windows that overlook the city lights below. The master suite is an airy space with one entire wall of glass sliders opening out onto the backyard deck (and impressive swimming pool), with an attached marble-accented bathroom featuring a modern deep-soaking tub and a glass-enclosed steam shower. Of the three guest rooms, one that boasts an entire wall of built-in storage space is currently being used as a home office.

In addition to owning the house next door, Geffen also owns a number of other properties nationwide, including the legendary Jack Warner Estate, a sprawling 10-acre Beverly Hills estate that he bought for a reported $47.5 million back in 1990; a 12,000-square-foot Fifth Avenue triplex in NYC that he bought for $54 million back in 2012; and an ocean front estate in East Hampton, New York, which he snapped up for a whopping $70 million back in 2016.

Source: Architectural Digest | Live Learn Nona Blog | Lake Nona Real Estate