Il Sogno, the dream, is one of the last true Bel Air estates. For sale for the first time in half a century. This magnificent Tuscan villa hides behind hand-forged gates in complete privacy, on the only island right in the heart of lower Bel-Air. A lushly landscaped, circular motor court surrounded by towering trees leads into this 5 bedroom + maids, 7 bathroom + 2 powder, 10,607sf grand Villa built by Mark Daniels. Superb interiors designed by Kalef Alaton, one of the 20 greatest designers of all time according to Architectural Digest, using artisans from Tuscany and the Amalfi coast to create an authentic Italian villa. Enter this grand classic villa under a dramatic beamed ceiling foyer with elegant terracotta and white marble flooring throughout. This flows into the formal living room featuring an exquisite fireplace and ornate ceiling, hand-painted by master craftsmen. An indoor-outdoor ambiance pervades with floor-to-ceiling arched French doors that open onto the expansive veranda with serene fountain and flowering vines cascading overhead. Throughout the home, antique plaster walls, 6 stone-carved fireplaces, and an array of world-class details transport you into an era of elegant romance. The refined petit salon flows beautifully into lOrangerie, a unique room with vaulted glass ceiling that creates a spectacular entertainment setting with fireplace and vertige marbled bar. The aptly named red library showcases 17 layers of red, hand-laquered cabinetry, marble fireplace, and an intricately painted skylight. The astonishing master bedroom suite evokes the famous Palladian villas in the Veneto. A team of Italian artists from the Renzo Mongiardino studio in Rome hand-painted the frescos which adorn the domed ceiling, walls, and wood floors. The suite also boasts arched French doors opening to a private patio with fountain and dual bathroom suites highlighted with onyx, custom cabinetry, cedar-lined walk-in closets, and a sitting area.The intimate brick lower-level wine cellar offers dining and tasting areas with wine storage. The formal dining room is encased with floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors opening to a loggia which gives into a garden for dining alfresco. The artistry of the breakfast room features walls covered in captivating mirror and decorative panels created by Claudio Brigante of the Mongiardino studio. A Chefs kitchen offers a red-granite island and state-of-the-art appliances. Ascending the stairs to the second floor, you will find 2 bedroom suites and a secondary master suite/family room with exposed wood-beamed ceiling, fireplace and terrace with views to the ocean, city skyline, and the villas gardens. Throughout this lavish estate, grand rooms with beautiful scale overlook spectacular views of the Bel Air golf course and the red tile roofs of UCLA. The gardens which include a sparkling tiled swimming pool, sunken grotto spa, fountains, enormous lawns, formal gardens, and specimen trees were designed by David Jones, the personal florist of Nancy Reagan, Jackie Kennedy, and Elizabeth Taylor. Additional amenities: 4-car garage, bonus space, 2 offices and gym with ensuite bathroom. Come experience the allure of Il Sognos enchanting, picturesque surroundings in a peaceful setting.
Courtesy of Linda May, Hilton & Hyland
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