New York City-based Ferguson & Shamamian Architects is at the top of their field for high-end traditional and classical residential design. The firm has built an extensive body of work across the country with several projects in Los Angeles. Of particular interest is this world-class estate in the Holmby Hills enclave north of Sunset Boulevard. (Actor Bob Cummings once quipped, “Beverly Hills is a holding pattern until you’re rich enough for Holmby Hills.”) This celebrated property, owned by a prominent entertainment industry couple, counts Fanny Brice, Alan Ladd, Jr. (who grew-up across the street), and Sandra & Jerry Moss as past stewards.
Poised on nearly two acres, each element of the estate was thoughtfully updated and renewed with quiet confidence: a majestic Hollywood Regency main house, beguiling guesthouse, secluded pool with cabana and gym, lighted tennis court (a rare find today), and lush, verdant grounds. Only the finest practitioners (including contractors, tradespeople and landscape professionals) were involved, guided by the wife’s highly informed design aesthetic. The east coast architectural firm is well-versed in the requirements and nuances of west coast living. While this house and unique site have been completely renovated, the history and special character remain intact. Los Angeles is indeed an international city–expect to see more residential projects created or enhanced by those enamored with the mystique and lure of Southern California.