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Location: Beverly Hills, Calif.
The Skinny: No one will ever mistake the 1970s for the Golden Age of Los Angeles residential architecture, as the exterior of this Beverly Hills Post Office home—with its dun-colored stucco and graceless lines—makes clear. It's a different story with the redone interior as drab gives way to sleek, if all-too-typical, modern design tropes: Buddha statue? Check. Indoor telescope? Yep. Billiard table with off-white felt? Most definitely (just don't set your wine glass on the edge while you're lining up your shot). Not that it's bad, necessarily, just familiar. The spilt-level floor plan has an interesting flow, the kitchen and bathroom fixtures are by Boffi, and the screening room looks like a really comfortable place to watch…Oblivion? There are five bedrooms and five baths, and the huge master suite opens out onto a spacious outdoor entertainment area with a pool, fire pit, and yes, a lanai complete with bed. All in all, not bad if you can get past the stucco and meet the asking price of $5.25M.
· 9653 Oak Pass Road [Hilton & Hyland]