It’s All This and Flora Too

Thiller of a Villa: The 10,000 square-foot house has materials and artwork from Europe

Photographs by Everett Fenton Gidley.
By Ruth Ryon
Times Staff Writer
Whoever buys this Palos Verdes bluff estate had better like Flora, because she could be here for the long haul. She weighs 240 pounds and would be a challenge to move.

Flora, a large marble bust carved in France during the 1700s, is among the artwork that’s part and parcel of this 2002 estate. Another is a courtyard statue that the home seller had carved to look like one in a Naples museum.

The Italian-style villa is filled with unusual things from the past, including the 5-inch-thick front door as well as the Tuscan roof tiles, which were handmade int he 1850s. There are solid-bronze French doors, reclaimed farmhouse beams and limestone exterior walls from Vincenza in northern Italy.
Terra-cotta blocks – 300 years old and from the South of France – were used for exterior paving blocks. Some of them bear fingerprints from when they were pressed into molds.

Interior walls are plaster with a Venetian finish, and the wood floors are either American walnut or imported Italian parquet. There are also some stone floors.
About this house: Considerable attention was given to fine finshes, but the most outstanding feature is the head-on ocean view. There is also a sweeping view of the city.

Asking Price: $12 million
Size: There are five bedrooms and nine bathrooms in 10,000 square feet, and the house is on close to an acre.
Features: The home also has verandas, terraces, a pool and a lawn. Other features are a family room, library, breakfast area and elevator.
Where: Palos Verdes Estates
Listing Agent: Gary Gold, Hilton & Hyland, Beverly HIlls, (310) 858-5411. To submit a candidate for Home of the Week, please send color interior and a description of the house, including what makes the property unusual, to Ruth Ryon, Real Estate Section, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; or e-mail

About Gary Gold

Gary Gold is a marquee name in luxury real estate and his sale of The Playboy Mansion sets a record as the first residence to sell over $100,000,000 in Los Angeles. Gary is also one of its most successful trend setting agents. He’s an internationally recognized expert known for his creative use of technology, marketing and publicity to sell some of the finest homes in the world. Gary is further distinguished by the rare ability to secure high net worth, qualified buyers from digital marketing. This success, year after year, continues to produce a steady stream of buyers from not only the Los Angeles area, but throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

Gary has sold thousands of estates and luxury properties over the course of his career. High-end developers have consistently relied on Gary’s broad expertise on projects ranging from luxury condominium developments to major estates. He is a sought after speaker, panelist and educator at industry conferences. Gary has been cited as an expert for publications and broadcasts that include CNN, Fortune, Barron’s, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Access Hollywood, CBS Evening News, e! Entertainment Television and The London Telegraph.

Gary Gold began his career in real estate over 25 years ago and has been a top producer with Hilton & Hyland since its inception. Hilton & Hyland is Beverly Hills preeminent luxury real estate firm, with over $2.7 billion in annual sales.