From Margaret Everton on February 12, 2010 in Los Angeles
When it comes to L.A. real estate, nearly any house in Beverly Hills is going to put some jaw-dropping, eye-rubbing magic on you. When property price tags fetch $250 million, it is usually with good reason. But some houses are worthy of more than just jaw-drops and eye-rubs. They are worthy of a sense of surrealism, awe, and mystery. That describes the Pasinetti house. As Hills houses go, its not a big one, but it has a rich history. The architect is a man by the name of Haralamb Georgescu. He was a veritable architectural mogul in his native Romania. Many Bucharest landmarks are the result of this mans prodigious genius. He fled to the United States to escape the Communist oppression in 1947. As Georgescus fame declined and his career came to a close, even his style fell out of favor. One of these few American design projects, the Pasinetti house of 1958, was ready to be demolished and replaced until developer Tim Braseth found it. Wow, was the essence of Tims response to a viewing. The house was a gem architecturally. Quickly, the home was rescued from its demolition demise, and the renovation began. Today, the house is absolutely powerful. Here are some of its best features.
- Lots of light. Huge picture windows and big airy spaces make for striking brightness wherever you look. For nighttime, hanging lamps create an attractive light-in-midair look. Even the master shower is comprised of floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides. Dont worry, flip a switch and the windows become opaque.
- Simplistic. Georgescue had a knack for making complex things look simple. The house is not bland; it is simply arranged in a cube motif. When striving to mimic the original architects design pathos, the restoration team asked Georgescus son for a theme to guide them. The response? Use as few doors and walls as possible, and open sightlines.
- Spartan. Part of the homes appeal is its unique scaled-down approach to design and decoration. It is gloriously uncluttered, even when it comes to the landscaping.
- Gemoetric. 20 x 20 x 20. Thats the theme of the Pasinetti house. It utilizes two large spaces of 20 feet wide, long, and high. The space economy is actually quite helpful, considering that the room divides horizontally, and provides an open feel to the entire house.
Georgescus spirit lives on. A bit of Budapest in Beverly Hills makes for a striking house with history, legend, and inspiration around every corner.