Crowning glory is the rooftop view

When it came to transforming a 1940s bungalow into a glamorous Hollywood Hills residence, the Leighs made it a family affair.

Garrison Leigh, along with his wife, Patrice, and sons Zachary and Aaron, who all run the real estate development and design firm Good Form, teamed up to develop and design the home -- but not without occasional differences of opinion.

Garrison jokes that he got an earful from his sons after he made an executive decision to acid-wash the vein-cut travertine tile on the first floor. Under their usual division of labor, Garrison negotiates the deals, Patrice stages the furniture and interior decor, and Zachary and Aaron work on design.

But creative differences didn't stop the Leighs, with input from the homeowners, from finishing the redesign four months ago.

The four-bedroom contemporary was reconstructed with potential celebrity clientele in mind. The home -- located right off the Sunset Strip -- is gated to keep paparazzi at bay. It has large windows, hardwood floors and a clean, simple silhouette.

In the living room, the nearly wall-to-wall window slides open to a deck overlooking the Hollywood Hills and a lower-level pool and spa area. Adjacent is a cabana, which is partially secluded for privacy.

The house is punctuated with accents including Venetian plaster bathroom walls and a purple-wallpapered wall in the master suite that opens into a closet.

The Leighs scrapped their original plan to keep the home a one-story structure after catching a glimpse of the rooftop panoramic view, which stretches from downtown Los Angeles to the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Pacific Ocean on a clear day.

"We went on the roof and thought, 'Oh my God, we have to do something with this view,' " Garrison said.

So they added a second floor, which includes a small putting green and has a rooftop sun deck.


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Gated to keep paparazzi at bay

Location: 1271 St. Ives Place, Los Angeles 90069

Asking price: $5,995,000

Size: Four bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms in 4,400 square feet

Lot size: 10,809 square feet

Additional features: Theater, putting green, cabana with wine cellar, pool and spa with waterfall

Around the neighborhood: Through June, 50 single-family homes sold in the 90069 ZIP Code, according to MDA DataQuick, at a median price of $1,963,000. That was a 7.5% price drop from the first half of 2008. There were 142 homes listed for sale last week in 90069 at priced from $489,000 to $24.95 million.

Listing agent: Joe Convery, Elite Property & Estates,

(310) 806-0708


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