By Catherine Ho
March 20, 2011
Don't let the dance pole and two-story bar fool you. Although most of the Hollywood Hills homes designed by Angie Thornbury have been sold to bachelors, there's something for everyone in this house above the Sunset Strip.
Thornbury began renovating what was then a 2,400-square-foot ranch house three years ago, transforming the former tract home in the prestigious "bird streets" area of the Hollywood Hills into a trendy, modern space nearly three times its original size. She designed the house around the views that span from downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean and San Nicolas Island. The windows facing south and east take in unobstructed vistas, and even the mirrors in the living room are angled to reflect the views.
It's the fourth multimillion-dollar Hollywood Hills home that Thornbury and her son, real estate agent Cory Sheldon, teamed up to build and market.
"We do everything from start to finish," said Thornbury, whose other children also have a hand in the family business. Her daughter Liberté Chan, a KTLA-TV Channel 5 reporter, shoots video for marketing materials; her other son Randy Sheldon is a computer technician and informal consultant for all things related to computer integration technology, including how to adjust blinds, shades and lights from an iPad.
"Who else can you call at 3 a.m.?" Thornbury said about the perks of working with her children.
With high ceilings, gallery walls and French oak floors, the house is clean and contemporary without being cold. The ground floor was designed to emphasize open space, and the living room, dining room and game area are all connected as part of a "great room." Natural light pours in from seven skylights in the great room, and sidelights are strategically placed so not a single room in the house needs artificial light during the day.
The ground floor, which is actually the top floor, has square glass floor panels that offer a peek of the sleek two-story bar and lounge below. Dubbed the "white bar" for its white marble counters, white tile floors and white walls, the bar also has a full kitchen. A true entertainment home, the house also includes a two-story theater that seats 20 and has a balcony lounge, and a studio spa room with a whirlpool tub and massage table.
Thornbury relied on classic European styling but used materials that were manufactured locally. She used a circle motif because the shape, she said, has a completeness to it. Accordingly, curved lines make their way into many design elements, from the walls of the entryway to circular additions to the exterior roof.
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