Hancock Park may not enjoy the same level of name recognition that Beverly Hills or Santa Monica do, but that doesn’t mean it has any less potential for glamour. This amazing example of what a careful restoration can do is located at the nexus of three richly diverse Los Angeles neighborhoods. Between the classic architecture and the modern, sophisticated rehab, the home is a perfect example of the special and exciting way that real estate here can exist in multiple spaces at once.
The classic Castilian, located at 220 North Van Ness, is represented by an all star team of Teles agents, including founding partner Ernie Caswell. The four bed, four and a half bath home itself is the definition of Mediterranean luxury. A grand living room holds a sweeping, dramatic curved staircase leading to a balcony overlooking the living area. In the back, a patio almost gives the feel of an interior courtyard, while nearby a freshly tiled azure pool sparkles. The ground level features extra tall windows, a soaring fireplace and rich hardwood floors. Finally, the home is literally topped off by a rooftop veranda featuring incredible views of downtown.
Location is part of the appeal here. The home is located close to Hollywood, and a short walk gets you to work at either the Raleigh Studios or Paramount. Heading east, all the delights of Koreatown are there for the taking, whether your tastes run from excellent Korean BBQ at eateries like Palsaik with their eight types of pork belly, or to gastropubs like Beer Belly (duck fat fries and bacon grilled cheese, anyone?). If walkabale boutique shopping and a main street feel are more your thing, head west to Larchmont Village and pick up a new piece at consignment shop Ampersand.
220 N Van Ness straddles old and new, classic and modern, and some of the most interesting neighborhoods that Los Angeles has to offer – all so that you can, too.