Hollywood Hills Streamline Moderne home by William Kesling

The Estes Residence is an extraordinary example of a classic Hollywood Hills Streamline Moderne home brought to life by William Kesling. Its sleek lines, curvilinear forms and nautical-inspired details echo the essence of the Deco design era. Seeping with optimism and innovation with an emphasis on aerodynamic design, it is one of the most compelling architectural styles of the mid-20th century. Kesling’s prowess shines through in the seamless blending of form and function, a signature trait of Streamline Moderne, making the Estes Residence a timeless architectural residence.

In 1936, the Los Angeles County Assessor paid a visit to the Estes Residence, marveling at its modernistic design. The assessor deemed the unique construction as “special,” a term reserved for the highest echelon of architectural accomplishment at the time. This acknowledgment affirmed the homes’ place amongst the most prestigious houses of its time.

Living room of a Hollywood Hills Streamline Moderne home by William Kesling

The bright, airy living room serves as a testament to the home’s effortless blend of architectural history and modernity. With original oak floors and a flagstone fireplace and hearth as the room’s centerpiece, the space feels grand and welcoming. The rounded steel casement windows, a Streamline Moderne architecture hallmark feature, bathe the space in natural light.

Outside the windows are verdant views of the lush Hollywood hillsides. In the distance, the iconic Hollywood Sign peeks through, a silent yet powerful reminder of the rich history and cultural significance that the Estes Residence holds.

In 2002, Mills Studio undertook a thoughtful renovation of the residence, paying respect to William Kesling’s original vision while giving the home a fresh, modern look. The resulting transformation created a unique blend of classic and modern while accommodating the functional needs of contemporary living.

You’ll find a generous primary suite across a sleek, contemporary bridge from the main living area. This versatile space serves multiple functions; it can be transformed into a media room or an office depending upon your needs and features large, accommodating closets and a space-saving Murphy bed.

On the opposing side of the suite, the sleeping quarters invite relaxation and tranquility with their spacious design. The quarters include an oversized shower and a unique, swiveled floating door that seamlessly connects the suite to the lush outdoor garden.

Back patio of a Hollywood Hills Streamline Moderne home by William Kesling

Outdoors there are endless possibilities for personal customization. The garden area is spacious enough to accommodate a relaxing spa or a small pool, creating a sanctuary of style and comfort. Beneath the main structure of the home is a private studio unit. This lower-level retreat comes with its own entrance, ensuring privacy and convenience for its occupants. It features a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom and a modern mini-split system. Alternatively, the studio unit could serve as a source of additional income as a highly desirable rental space. Simply superb!

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Listing Courtesy of Jonathan Wright and Cindy Gunadi, Coldwell Banker Realty