Original Article: https://www.realtor.com/news/unique-homes/like-a-museum-socal-home-displays-vivid-vision/
By: Tiffani Sherman
It’s difficult to focus inside this atypical home in Southern California. When scrolling through the listing photos—or walking through the front door—you’re confronted with a level of art-packed detail beyond compare.
The listing notes the four stories are “meticulously curated,” and every inch of the home has a flourish or detail, says listing agent Scott Sumner.
“It’s a lifelong collection of a lady who has been traveling all over the world. She’s got amazing pieces of art and sculpture. She’s crafted a lot of the different display cabinetry and all the different things. It’s almost like a museum in a funny way,” adds Sumner. “It’s not a typical home. I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’ve been in real estate for 50 years.”
One huge hurdle? Buyers need to be able to see past the decor to appreciate the home.
“What’s popular now is almost vanilla and this is not vanilla by any means. I don’t think there’s one surface in that whole house that is monochromatic,” Sumner says.
That challenge is a large part of why the home has been discounted by over 40% since its debut on the market in February, when it was listed for $10 million.
“The seller had an idea of value, versus my idea of value,” he explains. “My idea of value is more based on what we call traditional valuations and price per square foot. She’s got in this house way more than $10 million. The construction is phenomenal.”
The house, which overlooks the 10th hole of a private golf course, was much smaller when the current owner purchased it in 1979.
“Everything about the house is very much her. Each bathroom is completely a theme,” he says. “Her son’s room looks like you’re in a cave almost. Each room has a theme, and it follows through from the floor, to the ceiling, to the lighting.”
The custom home has a total of seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and two kitchens. A glass elevator reaches all four floors.
Carving out a space of her own was important to the owner.
“She took third and the fourth floors and made that her alcove. It has a gourmet chef–style kitchen with a dining room and living room,” Sumner explains. “Then [there is] her bedroom and water closet, library, huge closet, and that’s her living space. The downstairs kitchen is when she has guests and family.”
For entertaining, guests can visit a pub, a library, or two playhouses.
Outside, a large 800-square-foot deck looks out onto the golf course. There’s also a tropical pool, which Sumner says his daughter has enjoyed swimming in.
“They have a slide and a cave where you swim under the waterfall, and you come up inside the cave to the stairs to the top of the slide.”
With all the cool features, Sumner says it will take a unique buyer to be able to look past the personalization and see the great house for what it is. It’s tough to find a buyer for a home that’s so tied to an owner’s vision.
“People say they respect what she has done and they don’t know if they would want to change it. But it would help if it was a little simpler—because there is a lot of personality in all the trinkets and pieces of art.”
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