Set behind a security gate, a charming motor court welcomes you into your very own world. A stately manor unfolds on a rare double lot, capturing the elegance of the great European maisons of the past. Designed in 1990 by Budd Holden — one of the foremost residential architects of his day — the architecture harmonizes respect for the Old World through a rigorous focus on craftsmanship and detailing, while bringing the grand scale of the interiors into balanced proportion. The estate, which encompasses over 26,800 square feet of total living space, took over five years to build and over 20 master craftsmen and artisans to bring Holden’s vision to fruition.
A portrait of refined living and entertaining begins to emerge as you enter the foyer. In each room, bespoke detailing is on display: rich marble floors and Versailles parquet floors in distressed oak, intricate stonework, antique French crystal chandeliers, beautiful leaded-glass windows and skylights. Hand-set wrought iron curves up a dramatic staircase. Rounded bay windows — a Holden calling card — provide an element of surprise and offer a vital visual connection to the outside. Custom millwork, as seen in the historically influenced pocket doors, carved wood paneling and thoughtful built-ins, enhances the sense of warmth felt throughout the residence. More than 11 antique marble fireplaces from France, Italy and England grace the home. The his-and-her powder rooms even reveal a stunning level of artistry, with delicate hand-painted Chinoiserie murals on the walls. No expense was spared and no detail was overlooked in the manifestation of Maison 808.
Holden took great care to create spaces that would function well for an active family who also enjoyed large-scale entertaining. Flanked by French doors opening to outdoor terraces, the grand salon is a formal homage to classical symmetry and gracious hosting. The large media room was designed with relaxed living in mind, with a drop-down screen and projection system, lounge with sunken bar and two-story wine cellar. The dining room and billiards room offer entertaining opportunities for all kinds of occasions. The kitchen and adjoining breakfast room take advantage of their position overlooking the pool and waterfall. Meanwhile, the two-story wood-paneled library is a place to enjoy quieter moments, whether it’s reading, working or contemplation.
Upstairs, the palatial master wing beckons, with over 5,000 square feet of privacy. A grand sitting room makes a statement, with rounded bay windows, an antique fireplace and French doors opening to a terrace perched serenely over the pool. The master bedroom itself is highlighted by another fireplace, custom built-ins and the drama of a step-up sleeping area. His-and-her bathrooms are uniquely open to each other, inspiring a spirit of intimacy and togetherness while also offering separation. Holden was known for uniquely incorporating custom built-in vanities and cabinetry and offices in his master bath spaces. Beyond the master wing, four en suite guest bedrooms and an en suite nanny room and office grace the upper level. A second staircase leads to the back of the grand salon and the staff quarters — which encompass two bedrooms, living area and kitchenette. There are two laundry rooms for convenience.
The formal gardens will leave you dreaming of blissful afternoons and starry nights spent outdoors. Mature trees, manicured flat lawns and meandering walkways lead you to a romantic gazebo and lighted sunken tennis court and pavilion. The modern-day fantasyland continues with the spa, resort-style pool featuring a playful waterslide and cascading waterfalls, and adjoining outdoor kitchen space. A rideable miniature railroad, inspired by Walt Disney’s legendary backyard on Carolwood Drive in Holmby Hills, winds under bridges and throughout the property for a whimsical touch. Two detached guest houses offer the ultimate in hospitality for the property’s most esteemed visitors. Maison 808 has hosted some of the most fashionable events and fundraisers over the course of its 28-year history, welcoming U.S. presidents, foreign prime ministers and venerated connoisseurs of haute couture into its dignified embrace.
Maison 808 takes its place among great properties of distinction on on Rexford Drive, one of Beverly Hills’ most celebrated streets. Maison 808 may feel like a world that is truly unto its own — yet it is just a few hundred feet from the Beverly Hills Hotel and acclaimed restaurants and shopping on world-famous Rodeo Drive.
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