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Famous Houses: The Orum House, an Architectural Stunner in Bel Air

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Famous Houses: The Orum House, an Architectural Stunner in Bel Air
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At first glance, the spectacular Orum House appears to be floating above the private hill on which it’s perched in the coveted LA neighborhood of Bel Air. The steel and glass home has three wings, which give it its signature propeller design that has caught the attention of many in the industry and earned it multiple awards.

Designed by architect Zoltan Pali of SPF:architects, the Los Angeles home was completed in 2018 and is currently on the market for $49 million. It features nine bedrooms and 15 bathrooms in its 18,850 sqft of living space, and is cleverly divided into areas for living, entertaining and relaxing.

The home’s design is meant to blend into the surroundings while also offering show-stopping views at every turn. Pali accomplished this by wrapping the entire structure in glass of different opacities, allowing for unobstructed views of the Los Angeles Basin, from the Getty Center to Long Beach, Century City and Downtown LA, as well as the Pacific Ocean. The glass also acts as a mirror on the outside, reflecting the beautiful panorama.

 

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The three separate wings, each of which has three levels, are connected by a central area that includes a steel and glass staircase spanning the home’s entire core. Each level serves a particular purpose: the top floor holds the home’s private spaces, the ground floor includes the entryway and areas for gathering and entertaining, and the lower level is dedicated to relaxing and wellness.

Breathtaking views abound from the home’s top floor, which has a master suite, a mini-master suite and multiple smaller bedrooms, along with spa-inspired bathrooms. Remote-controlled sliding glass doors provide easy access to beautiful covered decks. In total, the home boasts 6,000 sqft of deck space spread out on its multiple levels.

 

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Both the master and mini-master suites offer 270-degree views of the city and the ocean, while the smaller bedrooms provide hillside and rear garden views. The home’s garden and landscaping are irrigated using water collected from the roof, balcony and hardscape directed to a 7,000-gallon underground tank.

The Orum House’s main floor has been designed with entertaining in mind, as it includes a chef’s kitchen with a butler’s prep area, a dining room and two living rooms. A warm, elegant color palette gives the home a sense of calm and complements the natural outdoor surroundings. Sliding glass doors open to reveal an outdoor area with an LED-lit pool and spa, outdoor kitchen and two patio areas with firepits.

Escape and relaxation are the focus of the home’s lower level, where a Dolby Atmos home theater, custom cedar sauna, gym, spa, catering kitchen and 1,000-bottle wine room can be found. The lower level, which is set into the hill on which the home sits, also provides access to The Cube, an attached guesthouse with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a separate entrance, a kitchenette and a garage.

Entertaining can also take place in the main garage, which can be opened entirely on two sides. The property has enough parking for up to 30 vehicles for large gatherings.

 
Despite the Orum House’s grand size, its segmented design allows it to feel both spacious and warm at the same time, providing the perfect blend of functional entertaining space and cozy, secluded living areas. Outdoor views throughout the home provide a connection to nature while also highlighting the stunning cityscape beyond. With such a unique, eye-catching design, it’s easy to see why the Orum House is an award-winning home.

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